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Message In Bottle Found After 98 Years Near Shetland 107

An anonymous reader writes "A drift bottle released in June 1914 by Captain CH Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation has been found. Part of a project to help map currents, 1,890 scientific research bottles were released around Scotland. Only 315 of them were ever recovered. From the article: 'Mr Leaper, 43, who found the bottle east of Shetland, explained: "As we hauled in the nets I spotted the bottle neck sticking out and I quickly grabbed it before it fell back in the sea. It was very exciting to find the bottle and I couldn't wait to open it."'"
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Message In Bottle Found After 98 Years Near Shetland

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  • Re:Neat (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thelexx ( 237096 ) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @09:12PM (#41185693)

    "But 1 L(1914) would buy you far more than 1 L(2005), so in that sense it is worth more."

    Think about that for a minute.

    1 in 1914 = 76 loaves of bread (just a number for example)
    1 in 2005 = 1 loaf of bread

    In absolutely no sense is it worth more now. It is very simple. If it were truly worth more now, in any way shape or form, you would be getting more than 76 loaves of bread for it.

  • Long Term Storage (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 30, 2012 @10:17PM (#41186029)

    Remember the story on this site about creating a time capsule to be opened in the future? And everyone was going on about various seals, gas interactions, acid free paper, etc.

    Seems like a piece of paper stuck inside a bottle can last a hundred years.

  • Re:Neat (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @11:00PM (#41186237)

    Depends on what you are going to buy with it. Inflation isn't totally uniform. - How much did radios and other consumer electronics cost back then?

  • Re:ping (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 30, 2012 @11:26PM (#41186353)

    I think the average ping time is shorter (from the 314 recovered bottles), just the max value being 3Ts.

  • Re:So... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kryptonian Jor-El ( 970056 ) on Friday August 31, 2012 @01:10AM (#41186781)
    It wouldn't be very useful. The air in the bottle would be representative of only that particular day, in that particular place. For example, if it were bottled by a wood fire stove, it would have much higher concentrations of CO2 than the average mass of air

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