On January 21, Tonya Illman and her family were walking the beach north of Perth when a little old glass bottle half-buried in the sand caught her eye. She loved it so much she decided to take it home to display on a bookshelf. Little did she know that it contained a note written written 1886.
On the car ride home, her son's girlfriend peered inside the bottle and spotted something she at first thought was a cigarette, but later realized was actually a damp note tied with a piece of string. Concerned it was too wet to be removed without causing damage, they tossed it in a warm oven for a few minutes so it could dry out. When they were eventually able to safely extract it, it was obvious that it was very, very old and a bit tough to decipher. Also, it was in German.