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Analogue Day Activity: Write a message in a bottle.

Have you ever tried casting a message in a bottle out into the sea? It may take months, years, or even decades for your message to get washed up somewhere, but it only adds to the excitement of this activity, don't you think? If you have an empty wine bottle lying around in your house, why don't you send out one today?

In September of last year, National Geographic and Discovery News reported that Scottish skipper Andrew Leaper found the oldest message in a bottle to date. But, contrary to what people typically associate these floating messages with, there’s not a romantic line written on the paper. Instead, it contained a document cast out into the sea almost 99 years ago for an ocean-current study.

The oldest message in a bottle was cast out in 1914 for ocean-current study purposes. Photo via National Geographic

If you haven’t tried casting out your own message in a bottle, why don’t you do it today? Think long and hard about what you would write on your parchment — after all, it could spend months, or even years floating aimlessly out in the open sea, waiting for a current to catch it and bring it back to shore. Your message doesn’t have to be as scientific as the one cast nearly a hundred years ago; instead, consider writing something that could satisfy the recipient’s curiosity, or even brighten someone’s day.

So, are you getting those empty bottles ready?

written by plasticpopsicle

1 comment

  1. iamtheju

    iamtheju

    is it legal to throw a bottle into the sea?

    about 1 year ago · report as spam

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