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108 year old message in a bottle

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A message in a bottle found washed up on a German beach has been confirmed as the oldest ever found.

The bottle was released in the North Sea between 1904 and 1906. It was found by a woman on a beach in Amrum, Germany in April last year.

The bottle drifted on the North Sea for over 108 years.

Guinness World Records said it was one of 1000 bottles sent out as part of an experiment in 1906 by British marine biologist George Parker Bidder to track ocean currents.

Inside each was a postcard that promised a shilling to anyone who returned it.

The retired postal worker who discovered it smashed the glass and followed the instructions, sending it back to Mr Bidder, who had been dead for 60 years.

There was still hope to find more of the 1000 bottles released by Mr Bidder.

The message comfortably beat the previous record, a bottle found in the Shetland Islands in 2013 that had been adrift for 99 years and 43 days.

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  1. wow 108 years it probably was a letter from sailors wishing family luke

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