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Man Throws 4,800 Bottled Messages into the Sea, Gets 3,100 Replies

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Posted: 06:48AM

Credit this determined Canadian for steadfastly using what could be the world's slowest form of social networking: a message in a bottle. For the past 15 years Harold Hackett has been communicating with people from all over the world, not by phone or the Internet, but simply through a floating time capsule delivered by ocean waves. Starting his unusual hobby back in 1996, Hackett has since sent over 4,800 Ocean Spray juice bottles from a beach in Prince Edward Island into the Atlantic coast, and patiently waits for someone from another far-flung region to discover the enclosed message within the bottle. 

So far, he's received more than 3,000 replies globally: some from the shores of the United States and others from as far away as Ireland, South America, and Africa. A few of these bottled messages take as much as 10 years before Hackett receives any correspondence, but he doesn't seem to mind the waiting. But why does he use such an archaic form of reaching out to others? Hackett explains that he'd much rather hear from people the old fashioned way. He also stresses that he has never included his phone number on his bottled notes, only his postal address, so that people would be compelled to write him a letter instead. Hackett plans on continuing this 15-year tradition, and in the process will likely encourage more people to use a more primitive mode of social networking, without the help of modern technology.

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ClayMeow on October 1, 2011 08:41AM
If this was in the US, an hour after the article breaks, the feds would probably be knocking on his door for littering :D
_TheAlexO on October 1, 2011 06:30PM
haha true
_TheAlexO on October 1, 2011 06:30PM
Does anybody else think this is really really awesome? (disregarding the littering)
nickk47 on October 1, 2011 10:49PM
Cool Stop littering in the ocean.
GaiusMaxwell on October 2, 2011 06:06AM
It's not really littering if someone picks it up out of the ocean, he has a pretty good strike rate with replies and you would have to think there would be plenty of people who found one and were either too lazy to reply or couldn't read english.
Comp Dude2 on October 2, 2011 03:31AM
That's a huge percentage, suppose he is not just wasting his time then.
hawkin90 on October 2, 2011 05:05AM
I almost can't believe he got that many replies. Crazy.

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