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Farmer: Missing iPhone traveled from Iowa to Japan before being reunited

Farmer: Missing iPhone traveled from Iowa to Japan before being reunited
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A farmer’s missing iPhone had quite the journey. Smartphones these days can connect anyone with anyone, anywhere, at anytime. But this iPhone evidently wanted to see the world for itself, and went on a 6,000 mile journey from Chickasha, Oklahoma to Japan.

Reports “The iPhone of an Oklahoma farmer who lost it in a grain elevator last year was found in Japan eight months later and returned to him unscathed… Kevin Whitney, the manager of the Apache Farmers Co-Op in Chickasha, Oklahoma, lost his phone in October after it slipped out of his shirt pocket as he was unloading grain from a truck into a silo holding roughly 290,000 bushels of grain.”

The phone traveled down the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers, got on a barge at a Louisiana shipyard and traveled across the ocean to Japan's Hokkaido island, where it was discovered, relatively unscathed and still operable, at the Zen-Noh Grain Corporation processing facility.

Whitney was overjoyed, not just because his gadget was returned, but because of what it contained – photos of his daughter’s wedding day and pictures of him walking her down the aisle and sharing a father-daughter dance at her reception.

“I had it in my pocket and I bent over to work on a copper bottom door and it fell out of my pocket into my grain pit and went up the elevator,” the thankful farmer said. “I thought I'll never see that phone again.”

Whitney went out and purchased a new phone the day after he lost this one, but as you can imagine, was overjoyed to get a very long distance telephone call

The manager of Zen-Noh powered up the phone to attempt to see who it belonged to. After seeing the wedding photos, he knew he had to track the owner down. Using the names in the contact list, he was able to find Whitney.

“I knew if that was my phone, I'd probably want it back,” said grain manager Eric Slater. Evidently, dropping cellphones into the grain pits is quite common. “Frankly, I field about a phone a month,” he added.

Whitney’s phone is now back where it belongs, and this time, he keeps he pockets buttoned.

“It's amazing he didn't just throw it in a dumpster or something, let alone send it back to somebody,” Whitney said.

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