108-year-old message in a bottle washes ashore
A message in a bottle — what an exciting and mysterious concept! When Marianne and Horst Winkler found the washed up bottle on the shore in Germany, they had to break it to get inside.
Instead of a secret note or hidden treasure usually associated with a "message in a bottle," there was a postcard. The postcard was from George Parker Bidder, the president of The Marine Biological Association from 1939–1945. While Bidder is no longer around, the Association is, and they were "thrilled" to receive the Winkler's postcard.
In the U.K. between the years 1904 and 1906, Bidder set 1,020 bottles stuffed with postcards out into the North Sea between the UK and Norway and tracked the responses to learn more about ocean patterns.
According to The Independent, the current record holder for the oldest message in a bottle was found in 2013 and spent over 99 years in the water. That bottle was also used as part of an experiment to chart water currents.
If confirmed by The Guinness Book of Wold Records, this bottle found by Marianne and Horst Winkler would be the oldest in history!
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