Some days ago, scientists have unearthed one of the world’s oldest writings on the wall, lying in a remote place in Jerusalem. Some weeks ago, some other researchers have found a site similar to Stonehenge, revealing secrets about the ways our ancestors used to live.
Now, the world’s oldest message in a bottle was found. The message is one of the 1.020 messages in a bottle launched by marine biologist George Parker Bidder between 1904 and 1906. Inside the bottle there is a little piece of paper by which the finder is promised a shilling provided he returns it to Plymouth.
The message in a bottle dates back more than 108 years and it is one of the living proofs of the fact that the past never dies. Or some parts of it at least, that get frozen in time and allow us to have a taste of the it in order to fully enjoy the present.
Most of the messages in a bottle thrown by George Parker Bidder were found within a month but this has escaped the “treasure hunt” and came as a surprise to a young couple who was faced with an entertaining surprise.
The Guinness Book of World Records has already been contacted for confirmation that this is the oldest message in a bottle ever found. It was found by Marianne Winkler, a retired post office worker (isn’t it ironic) who was walking on the beach with her husband, along the coast of the North Sea island of Amrum.
As the couple has declared, they broke open the bottle to read the message inside it. They said the message was written on the postcard in three different languages, namely German, Dutch and English.
Experts tend to believe that this very bottle was sent out in 1906. It was part of a research into deep sea currents in the early 1900’s that would be valuable to commercial fisherman.
The research proved for the first time that deep sea current in the North Sea flowed from east to west. And it continues to prove that even now.
From another point of view, this is the very proof of the fact that even if our present actions seem to be offered no result in the short term, somewhere, somehow, the balance goes straight and our initial purpose meets an answer. World’s oldest message in a bottle was found mistakenly, after more than 100 years after its launcher has thrown it into the depths of the sea, in an attempt to find out how the sea works.
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