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Thanks again to Devon Patton from LEX18 News who interviewed me yesterday. We spent 2 hours talking and deciphering messages, but of course air time is limited and this post provides a bit more detail about what we found.
On May 30th, 2011, I found what appears to be a very, very old message in a Coke bottle. Here I am with the bottle on the beach. The T-Shirt I’m wearing is from Carol and Ed Meyers, another couple whose message in a bottle I found:
I was really excited about this MIAB because it seemed so old, and I couldn’t wait to get it out and see the date. That’s why I chose to break it with Devon during our interview, which I will try to post video of here soon.
From previous experiences with taking old messages out of glass bottles with aluminum screw caps, I knew that once I compromised the environment created inside the sealed bottle, this message would dry out quickly and become brittle. So, when I busted the bottle, I grabbed the message, ran it inside, and flattened it out. A strange thing happens with messages like this: they become easier to read as they dry out. So, we waited.
Words slowly became legible: “Return…419 ocean…resieve…reward…dollars…owner of Beachcomer…”
Yes, I am an English teacher and yes, I noticed the spelling errors, but who cares?! I think they give the message character!
We waited some more. And then a little bit more. We could read, “Return it to 419 Ocean…and resieve a reward…$450 from…owner of Beachcomer”
At this point, Devon and I began to interpret the message differently. By the time he left, he felt that the message said
“Return it to 419 Ocean…and resieve a reward of $1,500 from…owner of Beachcomer,”
while I feel the message says:
“Return it to 419 Ocean boulevard and resieve a reward of $150 from Tina, owner of Beachcomer”
But…but…no date!!! Wah.
What do YOU think? Check it out below and comment with your reading of this message!
And the back side: