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Postal Services

Zip Code Hootenanny

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 23, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, PSA's, 1960s, Postal Services

Mailed herself to the Beatles

June 1966: 12-year-old Beatles superfan Carol Dryden of Sunderland, England came up with an ingenious scheme to meet the Fab Four. She packaged herself inside a box and arranged to have a friend mail her to them — addressed "to the Beatles, care their fan club, London." Shipping cost $8.47.

But Carol only got as far as the railway station, where a clerk noticed the box she was in wobbling back and forth. Inside of it, Carol, overheated and running out of air because she hadn't made any holes in the box, was trying to take off her sweater.

Carol confessed, "I hadn't thought about fresh air or food. All I wanted was to see the Beatles. I don't know what I would have done had I really arrived on their doorstep. I suppose I would have fainted."

The railroad refunded the freight charge.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - June 16, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 26, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Amateurs and Fans, 1960s, Postal Services

Late mail, postage due

1974: 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

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 21, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: 1970s, Postal Services

Eggplant Mail

Eggplant Mail is the latest incarnation of the vegetable-mailing business fad. In a similar vein, we've recently seen Mail-a-Spud and Mail-a-Pickle (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.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 25, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Business, Food, Postal Services

Frog Postcards

Please consider the usefulness and attractiveness of having frogs convey your birthday, Xmas, Valentine's Day or New Year's wishes.

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 02, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Holidays, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Postal Services

Corpse by Mail

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Original article here.

Was she found innocent or guilty?

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 22, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, 1950s, Postal Services

Mail-Order Foliage

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.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 15, 2015 - Comments (13)
Category: Business, Strange Websites, Postal Services

Message Delivery Services

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.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 12, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Postal Services

The Pickle Wizard

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 and Mail-a-Spud, 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.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 02, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Pranks, Postal Services

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