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Message in a Bottle Myths

Message in a Bottle Myths Debunked

One of the things I love about messages in bottles is that they just seem like magic to me. Doesn’t matter how many I find—each one is a surprise and a gift. However, there are some message in a bottle stories floating around that are a little too good to be true, and that’s because they are. Messages in bottles are such powerful connectors of people, and because there are some really well-known stories that are true, we tend to believe outlandish tales that turn out to be message in a bottle myths. 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.

I’ve done some digging and identified a few “famous” message in a bottle myths. I wish these were real! I hope that someone reading this will prove me wrong by providing definitive proof about these MIBs. At the moment, there is no evidence (at least none I can find) to back up these stories. So, until someone can produce evidence showing that they are real, I’m calling these messages in bottles myths.

You can find the myths in the dropdown menu above or here in this list:

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.

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