Kevin Whitney lost his iPhone while he was working in Chickasha, Oklahoma, nine months ago.
“I thought I’ll never see that phone again,” the farmer told KFOR-TV.
But it did turn up and in an unbelievable location: Japan.
Whitney explained that the phone fell out of his pocket in October 2013 into a bin holding 280,000 pounds of grain.
The news station told of the phone’s stunning journey:
From Chickasha it was driven by truck to another grain facility in Inola, Oklahoma. Then it traveled along the Arkansas River. From there, it sailed down the Mississippi River by barge to Convent, Louisiana. Finally, the iPhone made its way to Kashima, Japan by ship.
It was mixed in with 2 million bushels of grain sorghum.
Recently, Whitney got a phone call from a worker at a grain mill in Japan.
“The man on the other end said, ‘is this Kevin Whitney?’ I said, ‘yeah this is Kevin.’ He said, ‘did you lose a cell phone?’ I said, ‘yeah I lost a cell phone last fall,’” Whitney told KFOR.
The phone traveled back to Louisiana and onto Oklahoma where it resides once again in Whitney’s pocket.
“It’s crazy I can’t believe it. What really shocked me about it all was what a small world it is,” Whitney told KFOR. “There a lot of a lot of meaningful pictures on it so we are real glad to get the phone back.”
Watch KFOR’s report about how the phone made it home:
The news station noted that the phone didn’t even get a scratch.