Man finds oldest message in a bottle, breaks friend's record9/1/2012
Andrew Leaper, the skipper of a Scottish vessel named Copious, made a discovery recently that netted him a Guinness world record — a 98-year-old message-in-a-bottle. The find breaks the previous record for "longest time a bottle has been adrift at sea" — Guinness has a seemingly endless number of "records" — by five years. Leaper's bottle was released in June 1914, one of a batch of 1,890 that were intended to chart currents around Scotland (315 have been found). The message promised a six-pence reward to the finder. As for the old record, in a bizarre coincidence, Leaper’s friend Mark Anderson set the previous record in 2006, also aboard the Copious.
How lucky was his discovery?