Lost iPhone’s impossible journey starts in Oklahoma grain silo, ends in Japan

If an iPhone falls in the woods, does it ring? Photo: , Flickr CC

Photo: Chris-Håvard Berge/Flickr CC

If you’re anything like me, losing your iPhone is nearly a weekly occurrence. Kevin Whitney has the same problem, except when the Oklahoma farmer lost his iPhone it traveled halfway across the world.

Whitney accidentally dropped his iPhone into a grain pit last October and watched it shoot up the elevator and disappear into a bin full of 280,000 pounds of grain. Luckily for him, the lost iPhone full of family photos found its way to an incredibly nice person in Japan.

Nine months after his phone’s disappearing act, Whitney received a call from a grain worker in Japan asking if he was “Kevin Whitney” and did he happen to lose an iPhone inside 2 million bushels of grain sorghum, KFOR reports.

“It’s crazy I can’t believe it. What really shocked me about it all was what a small world it is. There a lot of a lot of meaningful pictures on it so we are real glad to get the phone back,” said Whitney.

From Whitney’s hometown of Chickasha, the grain was driven to another facility in Inola, Oklahoma. From there it traveled down the Arkansas River, then sailed the Mississippi River by barge all the way to Covent, Louisiana, where it was finally loaded on a ship and floated its way through the Panama Canal and over to Kashima, Japan.

Whitney says he thought he’d never see the phone again, but when he got it back he says there wasn’t a scratch on it and all the photos were still saved. Maybe next time he could use WheatsApp to find it faster.

  • thinkfurther

    Wow. What a cool story. There are nice people all over.

  • Ohh Yea

    WheatsApp – quality pun!!

  • mlee19841

    Wow. That’s probably a once in a lifetime.

  • acslater017

    Not to be a downer, but I’m glad it didn’t get shredded up and put into people’s cereal or something.

  • dcj001

    “If you’re anything like me, losing your iPhone is nearly a weekly occurrence.”

    I, apparently, am nothing like you.

  • Duncan Hill

    Impossible? I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

    Terrific story. There are still honest people in this world. Nothing like New York City where thugs are always snatching people’s iPhones right out of their hands.

    • Windlasher

      Remember the Tsunami? People in Japan refused to break open vending machines even though they were desperate for water and were turning in safes and other thing of value they found by the thousands? Japan is a different kind of place and one that I would be proud to call home.

      We have a problem in this country that they don’t seem to have.

      • Chuck McGinley

        I would disagree. “Most” people in the USA are indeed kind and honest. The fact that the “bad apples” (See my pun?) :-) are the ones that get most of the press, is lost on most folks so it appears alike the world is going to S#it.

        In fact yesterday I found someone’s debit card in the parking lot outside a Friendlies (US East coast) restaurant, picked it up, walked back in and handed it to the manager. These things happen all day long, you just don’t hear about them. Stay positive my friend!

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