iPhone survives nine months covered in grain

On July 9, 2014


Photo Source: Chris-Håvard Berge

There is nothing worse than losing your iPhone, or iDevice in general, imagine not having any idea where the device ended up. A farmer in Oklahoma knew exactly where his iPhone had ended up, he just had absolutely no idea how to get to it. In October 2013 he dropped his iPhone from his shirt pocket, up a grain elevator, and ultimately ended up in a pit with 280,000 pounds of grain. In other words the iPhone was forever lost to the grain monster.

Kevin Whitney, the farmer, told a local TV station, “I thought I’ll never see that phone again.” Nine months later however, he received a phone call from a Japanese mill worker that changed his life.

According to the TV Station “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.”

A Japanese Mill worker had found the iPhone and powered it up, he had then found Kevin Whitney’s phone number and decided to give him a call. Afterwards the phone was shipped back to Oklahoma where a very grateful farmer awaited its return.

“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.