Monday, March 24, 2008

21-YEAR-OLD MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE DRIFTS 1,735 MILES

SEATTLE, Washington — Merle Brandell and his black lab Slapsey were beachcombing along the Bering Sea when he spied a plastic bottle among the Japanese glass floats he often finds along the shore of his tiny Alaskan fishing village.
He walked over and saw an envelope tucked inside. After slicing the bottle open, Brandell found a message from an elementary school student in a suburb of Seattle. The fact that the letter traveled 1,735 miles without any help from the U.S. postal service is unusual, but that's only the beginning of the mystery.
About 21 years passed between the time Emily Hwaung put the message in a soda bottle and Merle Brandell picked it up on the beach.
"This letter is part of our science project to study oceans and learn about people in distant lands," she wrote. "Please send the date and location of the bottle with your address. I will send you my picture and tell you when and where the bottle was placed in the ocean. Your friend, Emily Hwaung."

1 comment:

Victor & Sasha said...

hey,
this story with the bottle was very romantic from the start, cool.
but to read it is just a part of a scientific project was a bit disappointing...
anyway just wanted to say yr blog is great, lots of fun stuff. i browse it when i wanna cheer myself up.
thanks a lot! keep writing it please