1987 Message in a Bottle Washes Up in Alaska

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Should you want to send a handwritten note to the remote Alaskan village of Nelson Lagoon, your choices are plane, boat or soda bottle — though it could take 21 years by bottle.

One sent by a fourth-grader in 1987 just washed up on a beach there. It had bobbed more than 1,700 miles up the coast from Washington. A beachcomber found it and wrote back, opting to use the much quicker U.S. postal service.

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