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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oklahoma Farmer's Lost Phone Ends Up In Japan—And Is Returned

Usually when something shows up after nine months—depending on one's situation—is a reason to leave Dodge (City) or a celebration. 

In this case it's a celebration… a thanksgiving, if you will.

Nine months after an Oklahoma farmer lost his smart phone into a grain elevator, he has it back in hands.

What's the big deal?

In today's story, the smart phone went on a voyage most of us openly dream about, as the grain shipment traveled down the Mississippi River, passed through the Panama Canal, and then sailed across the Pacific Ocean, ending up in a mill in Ibaraki-ken, Japan.

Japanese mill workers in Kashima-shi found the phone while sorting through some two-million bushels of sorghum.

Being nice folk, the milling company sent the phone back to the company in Louisiana that shipped the grain to Japan… and they tracked it back to its owner.   

“It’s crazy. I can’t believe it,” Kevin Whitney of Chickasha, Oklahoma told reporters, noting that the what was important to him were the photos on the phone.

“What really shocked me about it all was what a small world it is. There are a lot of meaningful pictures on it, so we are real glad to get the phone back,” he sums up.

By the way, I am aware that Dodge City is in Kansas, and has nothing to do with Oklahoma, but it was a weak attempt at a humorous intro, at best. 

And… because I like the laid-back approach of people from Oklahoma, let me just point out that it does not bother anyone in Oklahoma to use an airport named after a person who actually died in a plane crash.

That, of course, if is the legendary cowboy, Will Rogers, and his Will Rogers World Airport situated in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the city so nice they decided to copy New York. Twice.

No word on if the Japanese grain workers were rewarded for their due diligence, or if they were docked pay for slowing down the production line, or if they were fired for bring attention to the fact that they are using gaijin (foreigner) food exports in Japan.

Andrew Joseph

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