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Fishermen find century-old postcard in a bottle in Baltic
upi ^ | March. 8, 2014

Posted on 03/09/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono

BERLIN, A postcard dated May 17, 1913, and found in a bottle by German fishermen appears to be the oldest such message ever found.

Konrad Fischer, captain of a fishing boat from Schleswig-Holstein, told Kieler Nachrichten, a local newspaper, that he was about to throw the bottle back in the sea when someone told him it was not empty, the Local.de reported.

"When I saw the date I got really excited," he said.

The postcard, from Denmark, had German stamps on it. It was signed by Richard Platz and addressed to his own home in Berlin with a message asking the finder to put it in the mail.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the oldest previous message in a bottle as 97 years, found in 2012.

Fischer said his previous finds during his 50 years as a fisherman have been more alarming, including mines, bombs, torpedoes and a body.


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KEYWORDS: baltic; berlin; germany; godsgravesglyphs; konradfischer; richardplatz; schleswigholstein
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Berlin -A message in a bottle has been pulled from the sea by fishermen a record-breaking 101 years after it was sent. A German called Richard Platz scribbled his note to the world on May 17, 1913 – one year before the First World War, in which he died. It was a postcard from Denmark with two German stamps on it and a message asking the finder ‘to post it on to my address in Berlin’. More than a century on, it was found by a crew from the north German port of Heikendorf, near Kiel. ‘When I saw the date I got really excited,’ said skipper Konrad Fischer. The oldest message in a bottle listed by Guinness World Records was found in 2012 – 97 years after it was sent.


1 posted on 03/09/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I MUST let Richard know that someone finally found his bottle.


2 posted on 03/09/2014 9:58:16 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: JoeProBono

Fascinating, cool and sad — all at the same time!


3 posted on 03/09/2014 9:58:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: JoeProBono

I’ll send and SOS to the world


4 posted on 03/09/2014 10:01:38 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: JoeProBono; Revolting cat!; SunkenCiv
And the message? "PLEASE DON'T LITTER!"

Now you know the rest of the story.

5 posted on 03/09/2014 10:04:48 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: JoeProBono; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon

Ich bin ein phialwinner.


6 posted on 03/09/2014 10:05:34 AM PDT by martin_fierro (He urned it)
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To: Pontiac

7 posted on 03/09/2014 10:06:48 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

And in other news.

Fred Finkelman of Fargo found a gold lamp. He rubbed it and a genie appeared. The genie said, “Fred, can you mail this postcard for me?” and went back inside the magic lamp. Fred melted down the lamp and made some lovely bling chains.


8 posted on 03/09/2014 10:08:08 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: JoeProBono

That is my Uncle Bill and his friends Fast Steve and Eddie The Weasel. They pull this same stunt every year.


9 posted on 03/09/2014 10:11:20 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: JoeProBono

So VERY cool!


10 posted on 03/09/2014 10:11:39 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: martin_fierro

11 posted on 03/09/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Those guys look like actors playing fishermen. Seriously, they look too authentic.


12 posted on 03/09/2014 10:13:03 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: JoeProBono

Faster than the usps.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 10:13:47 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: a fool in paradise

14 posted on 03/09/2014 10:15:03 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: lowbridge

15 posted on 03/09/2014 10:16:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Ha. quite a crew there


16 posted on 03/09/2014 10:18:23 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: blueunicorn6

They’re going to need a bigger bottle


17 posted on 03/09/2014 10:21:29 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Vacation All I ever wanted , Vacation Had to get away)
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To: blueunicorn6

I’m thinking hoax also.


18 posted on 03/09/2014 10:32:20 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: JoeProBono

I’m hearing in the background Elvis singing, ‘Return to sender, address unknown, no such number, no such home’.


19 posted on 03/09/2014 10:34:37 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: miliantnutcase

The cigar was a perfect touch.


20 posted on 03/09/2014 10:38:51 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: miliantnutcase
Seriously, they look too authentic.
You sound rather jaded - I've spent a lot of time commercial fishing and that's what working men look like, not George Clooney in that perfect storm flick.
21 posted on 03/09/2014 10:52:04 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: Husker24
The cigar was a perfect touch.

Totally.

I also have no doubt that regardless of the fishermen being German, they have a New England accent and talk just like the charter boat guy in Jaws.

22 posted on 03/09/2014 10:56:18 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: JoeProBono

If an American found it, and the address was in the United States, the post office would have asked for additional appropriations for additional manpower, fuel, HR resources, and cost-of-business expenses. The teamsters would have asked for an investigation as to why the post office is allowed to compete with teamster-supported businesses, and the police unions would have demanded a police escort be sent. Hillary Clinton would have asked whether it mattered or not whether the post card was delivered, and Obama would have said that it was President Bush’s fault that the postcard was not found during the Bush presidency. Michelle would have demanded that such post cards not be delivered until the nutrition and diets of postal workers were determined to be correct. Joe Biden would want it not delivered until it could be determined that everyone could read equally, and whether or not it is written in cursive. And Eric Holder would want the card held until it was determined whether or not it could come across the U.S. boundaries with the same opportunity that other mail from other countries enjoyed.


23 posted on 03/09/2014 10:56:39 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: JoeProBono

Men of tough profession, they are genuine, how can I tell, the guy on the far right is smiling from ear to ear, they all are smiling but that guy really has it going on.


24 posted on 03/09/2014 10:59:00 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: dainbramaged

Oh, come on. The captain looks like a badass from a movie. I just it was funny.


25 posted on 03/09/2014 11:07:38 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Husker24

Agreed


26 posted on 03/09/2014 11:07:56 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Rodamala

Exactly....Show me the way to go home..bum..bum..bum, I’m tired and I want to go to bed.


27 posted on 03/09/2014 11:13:22 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: JoeProBono

This is the kind of story which I believe should be saved until
the text of the message can be published or an explanation
of why it cannot be published be included in the story.


28 posted on 03/09/2014 11:18:32 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: miliantnutcase

That was my thought. Everything is perfect central casting. All the ‘props’ are there, the half smoked, partially wet cigar, the plain jacket, the five day grey stubble. They all participate in the discovery, man number three pulls the scrolled message out of the bottle. The camera perspective is below eye level, and invites the viewer to share the moment with the men. A great moment of discovery if true, a well crafted vignette if it’s not. The song that comes to mind is Jim Croce’s ‘Time In A Bottle” with his acoustic guitar.


29 posted on 03/09/2014 11:25:09 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Well said.


30 posted on 03/09/2014 11:28:33 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: miliantnutcase

I wasn’t flaming - no intense offended, FRiend.


31 posted on 03/09/2014 11:30:24 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: dainbramaged

No problem ;-)


32 posted on 03/09/2014 11:31:31 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: miliantnutcase
Go to a seaside bar in Gloucester and you will see many weather-beaten men like that. Stay away from the Crow's Nest however, that place is now nothing but a tourist trap thanks to that "Perfect Storm" book/movie.

Kind of what like happened to the Bull and Finch bar in Boston after the Cheers TV show came out.

33 posted on 03/09/2014 11:49:06 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: miliantnutcase
Those guys look like actors playing fishermen. Seriously, they look too authentic.

It's the clothing. Put them in, e.g., business suits or any other professional clothing, and they wouldn't look like fisherman anymore.

Regards,

34 posted on 03/09/2014 11:49:17 AM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: JoeProBono
And the message says "So long, and thanks for all the fish."

If there was a bottle deposit sticker on that glass ...I'd be very suspicious.


35 posted on 03/09/2014 11:51:33 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: JoeProBono

man oh man...that looks so much like Ke’e beach on Kauai!

Even if it probably isn’t, it sure reminds me of it!


36 posted on 03/09/2014 12:16:44 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: righttackle44

... not to mention 47 cents postage due ;-)


37 posted on 03/09/2014 12:17:27 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: lee martell

A well set up shot, to be sure. But that boat crew looks as genuine as they come. Except for the captain’s cap (Should be a Seahawks basebal cap) They could be any seine boat crew here in SE Alaska.


38 posted on 03/09/2014 12:22:35 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Pontiac
I’ll send and an SOS to the world

Pet peeve.

39 posted on 03/09/2014 12:26:05 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson; JoeProBono
Konrad Fischer, captain of a fishing boat

Namen ist zu Common

40 posted on 03/09/2014 12:56:37 PM PDT by mikrofon (Ich bin ein Bottliner)
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t know why, but I loved seeing the cigar parked in that fisherman’s mouth. (And I hate cigar smoke.)


41 posted on 03/09/2014 12:57:58 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: dainbramaged

...that’s what working men look like, not George Clooney in that perfect storm flick.

(((
+1


42 posted on 03/09/2014 1:00:07 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: SamAdams76

Gloucester is absolutely one of my favorite ports when we are enroute to Maine.


43 posted on 03/09/2014 1:04:14 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: righttackle44

And the finder would be taxed for the full value of such a rare object with all tax refunds confiscated until paid in full.


44 posted on 03/09/2014 1:05:34 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: a fool in paradise; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks a fool in paradise.

45 posted on 03/09/2014 1:13:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Just a minor typo


46 posted on 03/09/2014 1:38:23 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: JoeProBono

Great picture.


47 posted on 03/09/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: JoeProBono

pffftttt… I find them on eBay everyday


48 posted on 03/09/2014 3:04:28 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: a fool in paradise

“PLEASE DON’T LITTER!”
I found a gallon wine jug with a note in it on the beach.
The jug had been tossed in a quarter mile away the weekend before.


49 posted on 03/09/2014 3:31:13 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: OldNewYork

50 posted on 03/09/2014 3:44:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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