A 131-year-old message in a bottle was found on an Australian beach, the oldest such artifact ever found.
Tonya Illman of Perth picked up the old gin bottle while walking on the beach. She didn’t discover the note inside until later.
Tonya used Google Translate on the note and figured out it came from a German ship in 1886. Maritime Historians were able to confirm that the bottle came from a boat traveling from Cardiff, Wales to Indonesia. Hundreds of bottles were thrown overboard to test ocean currents.
Experts theorize that the bottle was buried under sand dunes, which protected the note inside from moisture.
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— NPR (@NPR) March 6, 2018