Australian woman finds world's oldest message in a bottle

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The message was said to have been written around 1886. Photo credit: Getty

An Australian family is believed to have found the world's oldest known message in a bottle and, in true internet style, Twitter users have dreamed up what they think the message could have entailed.

BBC reports that Tonya Illman picked up a bottle while on a walk around sand dunes on a remote beach in West Australia. 

She says she picked up the bottle, thinking it would look nice on her bookshelf. 

Experts have since confirmed it held an authentic message from a German ship dated June 12, 1886. 

Twitter users had a lot of fun, creating alternative options for the contents of the note. 

One user suggested the world's oldest message in a bottle contained the plea "send nudes". 

Another user suggested it read, "Don't vote for Trump."

Ms Illman has gifted the bottle and its message to the Western Australian museum to display for the next two years.