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Guinness World Records certifies oldest message in a bottle

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A message in a bottle discovered in 2015 is now in the world record books. 

According to Guinness World Records, the message spent 108 years and 138 days at sea. 

The message asked whoever found it to break the bottle and send its contents to the Marine Biological Association in the United Kingdom. 

Marianne Winkler discovered the wayward message in April of 2015. The postcard promised a reward of one schilling for sending it back to the MBA, which it granted after purchasing one on eBay. 

As it turns out, the message in a bottle is one of more than 1,000 that were castaway between 1904 and 1906 by British scientist George Parker Bidder. 

The communications director for the MBA, Guy Baker, asked GWR to certify the discovery after realizing it could have been sent out as part of an experiment by Bidder. 

"Once we received this postcard we delved into the incredible archives at the MBA and discovered everything we needed to know about Mr Bidder's research, Baker said. "In the archives we found out about Bidder’s ‘bottom bottles’ which were bottles released into the sea as a powerful tool for the study of bottom water movement and the migration of plaice."

Most of Bidder's bottles have washed ashore, but as many as 400 are still at sea. 

The previous record for the the oldest message in a bottle spent 99 years and 43 days at sea. 

Click here to learn more about the record. 

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