Sure, the Police haven't (yet) written a song entitled "Email," but messages in bottles are apparently quite the terrible means of communication:
It was October 1983. 'Fanny and Alexander' had just won an Oscar for best foreign film, Nena topped the German charts with '99 Luftballons, and three sisters from the south east of Sweden sent a message in a bottle to the world.
The young girls probably envisaged making contact with their peers in America, Papua New Guinea, or even Finland. Instead their little glass bottle only managed a less than epic 500 metre journey from the launch site in the fishing village of Stensö to a nearby park.