The U.S. Navy employed a dolphin, Tuffy, to regularly deliver tools and mail to scientists living in an experimental underwater laboratory. navalhistory.org/2019/04/…
In 1913, The Daily Mail suspected its competitor The Daily Standard was copying its news stories. The Daily Mail published a hoax article claiming the SS Waratah had been discovered in Antarctica. The Daily Standard also published the story and added a statement from the harbourmaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
There was a mail order service called Columbia House that accounted for 15.1% of all CD sales in 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Paris had a pneumatic post system, where you could send your mail through tubes until 1984! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Harold Harmsworth, founder of The Daily Mail in the UK, openly supported fascism and regularly sent telegrams to Adolf Hitler describing him as β€œAdolf the great” while praising the β€œgenius” of Mussolini. timesofisrael.com/how-bri…
Elwood Edwards, The voice of AOL’s β€˜You’ve Got Mail’ was paid $200 for recording the ubiquitous phrase in 1989. He got the job because his wife worked at an AOL predecessor. He is now an Uber Driver in Ohio. yahoo.com/entertainment/e…
In 1959 the U.S. Navy submarine USS Barbero used a nuclear capable SSM-N-8 "Regulus" cruise missile to deliver mail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The town of Bridal Veil in Oregon maintains a functional post office despite not having had any permanent residents for more than three decades. This is because several thousand couples go out of their way each year to mail their wedding invitations from Bridal Veil for the unique postmark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Ronald Reagan would write personal checks to individuals with financial struggles. He was known to drop $4,000 or $5,000 checks into the mail for certain people. He was also known to call upon the Air Force to aid in the transport of children who were experiencing medical emergencies. goliath.com/random/15-thi…
β€˜Nigerian Prince’ scam e-mails are intentionally filled with grammatical errors and typos to filter out all but the most gullible recipients. This strategy minimizes false positives and self-selects for those individuals most susceptible to being defrauded. businessinsider.com/why-n…
A man decided to deposit a check that he received from a junk mail ad just to see what would happen. to his surprise, they allowed him to deposit the $95,000 check. the bank tried to take the money back, but since he didn’t break any laws, there was nothing they could do. nytimes.com/1995/08/20/us…
In 1941, an Italian newspaper reported that the Loch Ness Monster had been killed by a direct hit in a German air raid. However, when a family boating on the Loch in August 1941 sighted the monster, the Daily Mail made a point of noting that Nessie had survived the Nazi attempt on her life hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
Today I Learned that Magnolia Springs, Alabama is the only place in the US with a boat only USPS delivery service. The only way to get your mail is through the boat service which has been running since 1915. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The march of dime's origin was from FDR's charity drive where people would mail in dimes to combat Polio. After FDR's death, the dime was redesigned to include FDR on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Canadian Post office responds to mail addressed to Santa Claus (his zip code is "H0H 0H0") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The original British Airways policy for passengers who died mid-flight was to pretend they were alive, prop them up on their seats, and give them a vodka and tonic, a Daily Mail and eye-shades. Nowadays, they tuck a blanket up to their neck, and if possible, move them to a first-class seat traveller.com.au/put-them…
The ILOVEYOU virus was one of the world's most destructive computer viruses. Created by Filipino college student Onel de Guzman, this computer worm caused US$5.5–8.7 billion in damages worldwide. This led the Pentagon, CIA and other corporations to shut down their mail systems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILO…
In August 1915, three-year-old Maud Smith made the last journey of a child by U.S. post, when her grandparents mailed her 40 miles through Kentucky to visit her sick mother. This came after Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson had officially banned postal workers from accepting humans as mail. history.com/news/mailing-…
Today I learned of the Remote Encoding Center (REC) for the US Post Office in Utah which employs over 1000 employees to decipher the addresses of some 4+ million pieces of mail each day that are so poorly written that USPS computers cannot read them. It runs 24 hours a day. postal-reporter.com/blog/…
When the largest gem quality diamond ever found was sent to the King of England as a gift, it was accompanied by multiple armed police, locked in a safe, and guarded at all times. This was a ruse. The diamond was actually sent by standard mail. It is valued to be worth over $50 Million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Today I learned about Peggy Frank, a longtime U.S. postal carrier, who died of hyperthermia while delivering mail in 117 degree weather. Most of the US Postal Services' 230,000 vehicles do not have air conditioning. dailydemocrat.com/2019/01…
People live inside the Grand Canyon. Supai Village, the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, boasts a population of a couple of hundred residents, is considered the most remote community in the continental US, and is the only place where mail is delivered and carried out by mule. wikipedia.org/wiki/Supai,…
The first instance of junk mail was back in 1864. A telegram advertising a dentist was delivered to the door of an anonymous reader of the Times of London. blog.knowbe4.com/here-is-…
New York City used to deliver mail through underground pneumatic tubes. The underground tubes were even used to deliver food. youtube.com/watch?v=qxFBs…
A guy filed a change-of-address form to the USPS where he changed the address of the UPS headquarters and got all their mail sent to his apartment. It took three months before this was discovered. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Gene Siskel hated the original Friday the 13th so much that he spoiled the ending in his review so people wouldn't go see it. He published actress Betsy Palmer's (Mrs. Vorhees) address so people could send her hate mail. fridaythe13thfranchise.co…
A Japanese postal worker hoarded 24,000 undelivered items with mail dating back to 2003 found at his home theguardian.com/world/202…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
Linus Torvalds, the creator and principal developer of Linux, first met his wife Tove while running introductory computer laboratory exercises for students in 1993. He instructed the course attendees to send him an e-mail as a test, to which Tove responded with an e-mail asking for a date en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The Pony Express, a fast mail delivery service that became a legend in the Far West, only existed from April 1860 to October 1861. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
London had an underground "mail rail" atlasobscura.com/articles…
The RMS in RMS Titanic stands for Royal mail steamer. Almost all civilian and military ships carried the distinction RMS, thus giving it protection of the British crown. titanicstory.com/interest…
Queens is the only one of the five boroughs of New York City that uses local neighborhoods (e.g., Flushing) in the mailing address. Mail sent to Brooklyn, Staten Island, New York (Manhattan), and the Bronx uses just the borough name. gothamist.com/news/why-do…
Nicolas Cage did NOT steal a chihuahua and has successfully sued Kathleen Turner, her book publisher, and The Daily Mail for those rumors telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
In 1928 a mail plane crashed into Georgia's Stone Mountain. The pilot not only survived the crash, but manually picked up the mail and descended the mountain himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Today I learned about Stage Coach Mary - 63 year old, gunslinging, booze drinking, cigar smoking, fist fighting freed slave - and first black woman is U.S. history to deliver the mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Before the invention of postage stamps, the recipient of a letter or package had to pay the postage when they received it, essentially buying their incoming mail from the postal service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
β€œHyborian War” is a play-by-mail fantasy game that’s been continuously running since 1985 set in the setting of Conan the Barbarian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyb…
, per the Federal Trade Commission, if you receive unordered merchandise in the mail, you are legally allowed to keep it, even if you didn't pay for it. consumer.ftc.gov/articles…
Chloe Ayling was hired for a gig, was abducted in Milan, Italy, was told she would be sold as a sex slave, had rumors spread about her in 2017 that she faked it by the Daily Mail and is still accused of faking the abduction though her abductor was sentenced for 16 years in 2018. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
In 1923 the USPS instituted a requirement that all delivery addresses feature a mail-box or drop-slot to reduce the time that mail carriers waited at each door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
L Ron Hubbard’s first wife once discovered two love letters the Scientology founder had written, to two different women, in the couple’s outgoing mail. She switched the envelopes and sent them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Patti Lyle Collins who worked at Dead Letter Office (Mail Recovery Center) in the 19th century could decipher miswritten addresses and names; and she even deciphered waterlogged letters mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The term ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan. It was chosen to suggest that the mail travels more efficiently and quickly (zipping along) when senders use the code in the postal address. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP…
In 2008, Janet Barrett from the UK received a RSVP to a party invitation originally posted on 29 November 1919. It had taken 89 years to be delivered by the Royal Mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
Michigan has the only floating post office in the United States. It’s called the J.W. Westcott II. It operates out of the Port of Detroit and delivers mail to crew throughout the Detroit River. onlyinyourstate.com/michi…
Today I learned of Brian Robson, a Welshman man who tried to mail himself back to the UK. Unfortunately, not only did he not arrive at his intended location, he instead arrived in Los Angeles in extreme pain and was barely able to move. bbc.com/news/magazine-321…
Since 2001, all mail sent to federal agencies in DC is treated with ionizing radiation to kill viruses and bacteria. nyti.ms/2Ucy2o6
Hyborian War a play-by-mail game. The game has been continuously available for worldwide play since its inception in 1985 and has changed little in its overall format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyb…
In Ontario, anyone living within 50km of a nuclear plant can order free iodine tablets for use in the event of a nuclear accident. Anyone within 10km receives them by mail automatically. preparetobesafe.ca/#about

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