Remember that chill-inducing E-bay commercial from a couple years back? A boy loses his toy boat while playing seaside; it turns up in a fisherman's net, and years later the grown man finds it on the online auction house. "What if nothing was ever lost?" asks the voiceover, expertly tugging at our heartstrings. "What if nothing was ever forgotten?" The vignette has come to life: a British man has been reunited with a message in a bottle he threw into the sea when he was 11 years old.

It was found while some people were cleaning the beach, and they tracked him down. (No, he didn't find it on E-bay!) "Now aged 33, Mr Wylie said his mother had encouraged him to throw bottles into the sea as a child - something which he continues to do with his own children." [BBC]