Message in a Bottle Myths

Message in a Bottle Myths Debunked

Over the years, many have made use of the seemingly magical nature of messages in bottles to create fictional stories (Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Sparks), songs (Sting, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney), movies, and more.

Even real-life message in a bottle stories requires some suspension of disbelief, and because of that, several myths have snuck into the popular consciousness, right under our critical radars.

Often, these myths are repeated by some of our biggest information outlets, like Wikipedia (which of course can be edited by anyone–no credentials required)–so we can be forgiven for thinking they might be true.

There are several prominent message in a bottle myths that need debunking, once and for all. As wonderful as it would be if these stories were true, the fact is that they are not true.

Personally, I think it’s a pity that they get so much attention, because they distract from other stories of messages in bottles that are actually true, and even more amazing.

Message in a Bottle Myth #1: Queen Elizabeth I created a position called the “Official Uncorker of Ocean Bottles”.

Message in a Bottle Myth 2: Theophrastus, an ancient Greek philosopher, sent messages in bottles as early as 300 B.C.