June 21, 2016
Roy Baker of Guthrie, Oklahoma received a Christmas card two years after it had been mailed. Because the price of a stamp had gone up between the time it was mailed and the time it was delivered, the post office decided there was postage due.
Baker wisely decided it was useless to argue with the post office and paid them the two cents they wanted.
Detroit Free Press - Apr 7, 1974
March 25, 2016
is the latest incarnation of the vegetable-mailing business fad. In a similar vein, we've recently seen Mail-a-Spud
(as well as Feces by Mail
, though that's processed vegetable matter).
The slight variation that Eggplant Mail offers is that customers can request that a message be written on the eggplant before it's shipped to the person of their choice.
But although the business is only about a month old, its owner has already decided to cash out and is auctioning off eggplantmail.com
The lucky buyer is getting not only a site, but a business that has already raked in some $570 in sales. However, the owner has revealed to the German version of vice.com
that he's not planning on accepting less than $10,000.
March 2, 2016
November 22, 2015
October 15, 2015
The website shipfoliage.com
, created by Kyle Waring, will ship hand-picked New England leaves to U.S. customers. For $19.99 you get three leaves — 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 mixed-color. The site's "foliage experts" make sure that only perfect leaves are shipped.
$19.99 seems like a lot for three leaves. For instance, that's not enough leaves to decorate a Thanksgiving table (which I imagine could be one reason people might want leaves). Also, I'm pretty sure you can buy fake leaves that look pretty convincing at most craft stores.
September 12, 2015
If you want to send a message, but don't want to use email or snail mail, there are a couple of options.
For a fee, Telegram Stop
will deliver a message to someone in the form of an old-fashioned telegram (complete with "stop"s in place of periods).
Another option, which I like better, is the Message in a Bottle Server
. It's an informal network of sites run by people who are willing to put your message in a bottle and throw it into the sea (or river) near where they live. For free.
September 2, 2015
The Pickle Wizard
promises that if you pay him $5.99, he'll send a slice of pickle to a person of your choosing. He writes:
What could be more satisfying than the confusion of a friend or foe when they receive a pickle in the mail with a mysterious note? The answer you ask? Nothing. So get on it, and send those expecto patronads a damn pickle!
Here on WU, we've previously posted about Feces by Mail
, so the Pickle Wizard is the latest variation on that theme of Mail-a-Prank. The Pickle Wizard claims that, to date, he has mailed 520 pickles.
June 1, 2015
April 2, 2015
Yesterday, the New Daily paper reported
that Australia Post will soon begin offering a service to allow people to mail themselves across country:
The scheme, to be called AirMale and AirFemale, will see the ailing postal service partner with a low-cost airline to deliver customers for a one-way fee of just $35 to any airport in Australia serviced by the carrier...
While those opting for the new AirMale and AirFemale services won’t have to “post” themselves in envelopes or boxes, they will have to fly in the cargo hold of aircraft.
Of course, it was just an April Fool's Day hoax, but had to share it since it touched on a theme (people posting themselves through the mail) recently discussed
here on WU.
March 9, 2015
On the theme of People Who Have Posted Themselves Through The Mail, so far we have already noted the achievements in this line of activity of Henry Bray
, May Pierstorff
, and Johann Beck
We can add to our list Reg Spiers, about whom the BBC News recently ran an article
. In the mid-1960s, Spiers posted himself from London to Australia as a way to cheaply get back home in time for his daughter's birthday. The cost of a plane ticket was actually cheaper than the cost of shipping such a heavy crate, but Spiers knew that he could send the crate cash-on-delivery, so that payment would only be required once he was in Australia.
His plan succeeded. When he arrived in Australia, the crate (with him inside it) was put in a storage shed from which he managed to escape and hitchhike home. He never had to pay the shipping fees.