Harold Hackett’s hobby? Tossing messages in a bottle and throwing them into the ocean. The world’s oldest form of social networking? You could say that. And at a ratio of 4,800 messages sent and 3,100 responses received, he’s not doing too badly!
Harold started his mission in May of 1996, and uses juice bottles to house his bright fluorescent messages. Harold dates the messages, checks the wind (preferring west or south-west) and tosses them out to the ocean. Some messages have been lost for 13 years before he has heard a response.
After receiving handwritten responses from Africa, Russia, Holland, the UK, France, Scotland, Ireland, parts of New England, Florida, Norway, and even the Bahamas, it’s a nice reminder that sometimes you can’t beat the personal touch.
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