This 108 year old message in a bottle is the oldest in the world



2016-04-21 08:43:00

A message in a bottle which was thrown into the sea back in 1906 has been officially named the oldest in the world after it was found in Germany 108 years later.

The bottle was cast into the depths by the marine biologist George Parker Bidder as part of a project to research the patterns of currents. It was one of over 1,000 thrown into the North Sea and was found  108 years, four months and 18 days later by retired German postal worker Marianne Winkler in one of the North Frisian islands of Germany.

The bottle contained a postcard asking that it be sent back to the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth in return for a Shilling. Following instructions, the Winklers filled in the card and posted it back to the Association who were determined to see that the Winklers got their reward and found an old Shilling on eBay to post back to them.

The bottle has now been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest in the world. 

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