US man loses cell phone in grain pit, gets it back from Japan

Nine months after he lost his cell phone in a grain pit in Oklahoma, a US farmer has got it back from Japan.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014, 19:15 PM IST

New York: Nine months after he lost his cell phone in a grain pit in Oklahoma, a US farmer has got it back from Japan.

Kevin Whitney had his cell phone in his pocket when he bent to inspect a grain pit in Chickasha and it fell into over 127,000 kilograms of grain. And then it went up an elevator, buried in tonnes of granules.

"I thought I`d never see that phone again," he told KFOR-TV.

The cell phone journeyed by truck to another grain site in Inola, Oklahoma, then it went down the Arkansas River. Then it reached Convent, Louisiana. From there, it sailed by ship to Kashima, Japan.

Despite being mixed into two million bushels of grain sorghum, a grain mill worker in Japan found the cell phone.

The phone was then mailed back to Convent. And a few days ago, Whitney got a call from Louisiana asking whether he lost a cell phone.

The man had scrolled down Whitney`s contact list to discover who owned the phone.

"It`s crazy, I can`t believe it," Whitney said. "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," said Whitney.