World’s oldest message in a bottle discovered

Scooped out of the North Sea by the Scottish fisherman Andrew Leaper, this 98-year-old note is the oldest message-in-a-bottle. Certified by the Guinness World Records this letter isn't the stuff you make Kevin Costner movies out of — instead, it's sexy science.

The message posted by National Geographic actually contains a "return to sender" request. Once discovered, the note instructs the finder to report back where and when said bottle was found, as part of a deep ocean current study from 1914 by Captain C. Hunter Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation. The scientists released 1,890 bottles total, and this was the only the 315th discovered (and reported). Funny enough, the bottle was discovered a mere nine miles from where Brown originally released it.

[National Geographic via Laughing Squid]