Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Message in a Bottle

Great story in the news about a lady, Marianne Winkler, finding a bottle washed up on the north German shore with a message in it. The message asked the finder to fill in some information on where and when they had found the bottle and to return it to the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. They would be rewarded with a shilling...
Turns out it was part of an experiment to test the strength of North Sea currents. The experiment originated in - wait for it - 1904. So the bottle has been floating around for over a century!
Amazingly, the Marine Biological Association still exists, and they were staggered when they received the information. They duly sent Mrs Winkler the shilling. Whether it was a real shilling or 5p in today's money wasn't revealed. 

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