by Rhonda Ramsey,
P.O.V contributing writer
Can you imagine a bottle carrying a 98-year-old message? I certainly can, and I certainly find it very interesting. Here is a bit of information from USA Today:
"A North Sea fisherman has set a world record by scooping up a bottle that has carried a message in the ocean for almost 98 years.
The bottle, found east of the Shetland Island off Scotland's northern coast, was among 1,890 released all at one time in a government experiment to map the undercurrents of the seas around Scotland, the BBC reports. Only 315 have been found.
If you are anything like me, my curiosity is piqued, and I am wondering what was inside of the bottle. The article explained that inside of each bottle, there was a postcard which asks the finder to record the details of the discovery. There is also a promise of a reward of a sixpence (a coin which no longer exists).
In a statement, the government says: "By tracking the location of returned bottles, it was possible for the undercurrents of the seas around Scotland to be mapped out for the first time."
This message has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the oldest message in a bottle ever recorded and has beat a precious record by five years. What I find funny about this article is that Leaper's friend, named Mark Anderson, found his own bottle in 2006!
According to the interesting article, Leaper had a few things to say about his buddy Anderson:
"He is very unhappy that I topped his record."
Leaper also added, "Anderson never stopped talking about it -- and now I am the one who is immensely proud to be the finger of the world-record message in a bottle."
This seems like a once in a lifetime experience! Can you imagine sharing this with a friend then being "topped" by a friend?
What are some of your most amazing experiences?