July 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM ET
Here’s a glimmer of hope for anyone who ever lost a cellphone.
Kevin Whitney thought he’d never see his cellphone again when, while working nine months ago, he dropped it into a pit filled with 280,000 pounds of grain.
Imagine the Oklahoma farmer’s surprise when he got a call recently from a guy in Japan who had found the phone.
“He said, ‘Did you lose a cellphone?’” Whitney recalled to TODAY. “I said, ‘Yeah, I lost a cellphone last fall.’”
The device travelled halfway around the globe on a series of ships over the past few months, until it landed in a Japanese grain mill.
Whitney got his phone back, complete with all his photos — including precious pictures of his daughter’s wedding.
“It’s crazy,” Whitney said. “I can’t believe it. What really shocked me about it all, though, when I first got the phone call, was what a small world it is.”