During a flight of the Hindenburg over the UK a parcel was thrown overboard and found in West Yorkshire. It contained flowers, a small silver Cross, and a note requesting they be delivered to a passenger's brother's grave en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
In 2007, a guitar intended for charity and signed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman, Gary Moore, Pete Townsend & Brian May, was 'lost' when it was given to a parcel company. The guitar appeared 10 years later in an on-line auction and was recovered by the police rainbows.co.uk/news/lost-…
During the middle Ages saffron was so expensive some traders would try to increase their profits by bulking up the herb with yellow marigold petals. When authorities in Nuremberg, where the herb was mainly traded, found out about these tainted parcels of saffron, the traders were burned alive. theherbexchange.com/surpr…
"potter's field," a term synonymous with mass graves, has a Biblical origin. It refers to an extremely clay-rich parcel of land in Jerusalem, purchased with the 30 pieces of silver which Judas returned to the chief priests. Useless for farming, the land was used to bury strangers. nytimes.com/interactive/2…
Most UN Member States participate in some version of the Cecogram program, where letters or parcels that contains documents or items intended for visually impaired persons can be sent without having to pay for postage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
Today I learned of Marius Schoon, a white anti-Apartheid activist. While he was exiled in Angola, a South African government secret forces left a parcel bomb at his house. His wife Jeanette and his five year old daughter were killed, and his son was so traumatized by their mutilation, that he developed epilepsy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
In 1920, the US Post Office announced that children cannot be sent by parcel post due to multiple incidents. awb.com/dailydose/?p=2222
Aaron Burr went broke speculatively buying parcels of land in upstate New York. He did this while living on twenty-six acres in what would become some of downtown NYC's most prime real estate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
After the USPS began offering parcel post, numerous poor families used the service to mail their children to relatives. One girl was mailed to her grandmother 73 miles away for just 53 cents. postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2…
The reason so many traditional legal terms come in pairs (aid and abet, null and void, part and parcel, will and testament) is that old English courts used English terms along with Latin or French terms to avoid confusion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
There is a parcel of prime, cliffside beach real estate in Los Angeles that slid into the ocean on 1929 called the Sunken City en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of "The Parcel Post Bank". A bank that was shipped brick by brick via the U.S. post office to avoid heavy freight fees. stampsofdistinction.com/2…
The smallest parcel of property in NYC is 500 sq in amusingplanet.com/2016/09…
Up to 12 million letters and 1 million parcels a week were delivered to soldiers during World War I. There was no automation beyond a stamping machine to date and stamp letters. All sorting was done by hand and the mail was transported in sacks. bbc.com/news/magazine-259…
Laundry was for 50 years often mailed. Until the 1960s, many US college students mailed dirty clothes home for moms to wash and mail back (often including food), using reusable boxes and USPS parcel post. Modern washing machines that made washing clothes locally easier ended laundry mail. postalmuseum.si.edu/colle…
A Canadian town is giving away free land. Dalhousie, New Brunswick's population has dropped by 21% in 15 years, and is giving away parcels valued at up to C$50,000 to "anybody who's interested β€” an entrepreneur or business. We'll give 'em the property". cbc.ca/news/canada/new-br…
In 2003, Matt White, a minor league pitcher, purchased a parcel of land from his elderly aunt for $50,000. The land, he later discovered, contained a rock quarry of Goshen stone - a substance commonly used in sidewalks - with a market value of over $2 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Belgium has a municipality consisting of 20+ parcels of land in the Netherlands called Baarle-Hertog. Within 1 parcel there are 6 parcels belonging to the Netherlands. amusingplanet.com/2012/11…
When the US Post Office began allowing people to mail large parcels, people would frequently mail their children to relatives for visits, as it was much cheaper than train tickets smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1993 a beach on Oahu was occupied for 15 months by a group of Hawaiian Nationalists, led by Bumpy Kanahele. In exchange for a peaceful resolution, the governor ceded a 45 acre parcel of land, that now regards itself as a sovereign nation, with Bumpy as it's head of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bum…
It is illegal to ship children by US Parcel Post Service and has been since 1913 boingboing.net/2008/06/24…
In 1916 a Salt Lake City company figured out the cheapest way to send 40 tons of bricks to Vernal Utah was to wrap each individually and send parcel post. Regulations were quickly changed to address this issue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
It only took 2 days for a letter from Britain to reach soldiers at the front in France. By the end of the WW1, 2 billion letters and 114 million parcels had been delivered. bbc.co.uk/guides/zqtmyrd
A 4-year-old child was shipped through the United States parcel service for $0.53 in 1914. history1900s.about.com/b/…
The difference between a package and a parcel is that a parcel bears the name and address of the recipient to be routed through package delivery service to the recipient. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The United Parcel Service (UPS) considers bull semen a "common item that may be hazardous." ups.com/content/us/en/res…
In 1955, Quaker Oats bought 19 acres of land in the Yukon, divided it into 21 million one-square-inch parcels, and sold the deeds as a promotional. Ten years later, all of it was repossessed by Canada due to $37.20 in unpaid back taxes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klo…
Around 1913 a few babies were mailed to their grandparents through USPS parcel post! snopes.com/photos/people/…
That, in 1914, a couple in Idaho sent their 5-year-old daughter by parcel post to her grandparents' house, shortly before the practice became outlawed (there were others, but she was one of the most famous). postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2…
A massive smuggling operation at Miami Airport came to light when an American Airlines pilot was accidentally served a mixture of coffee and heroin from a smuggled parcel and complained that his coffee tasted funny. sfgate.com/crime/article/…
The Bank of Vernal in Utah is also known as "the Bank that was sent by Mail". Mr. Coltharp took advantage of inexpensive Parcel Post rates in 1916 to ship some 80,000 masonry bricks over 180 miles in fifty-pound packages via the U.S. Post Office from Salt Lake City to Vernal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
When the parcel post service was introduced in 1913 that at least two children were sent by the service with stamps attached to their clothing. vanishedamericana.com/kid…
Mailing humans who weighed less than 50 pounds, via US Parcel Post, was legal until US Congress outlawed the practice in 1920. centralfloridastampclub.o…
When the one of the largest diamonds in the world was discovered, a heavily guarded steamboat was sent back to England said to be carrying it. This was a decoy; in reality, it was shipped there in a plain brown parcel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
On June 13, 1920 sending children by Parcel Post was officially forbidden by the Postmaster General. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai…
In Belgium there is a small parcel of land belonging to Germany, which contains one inhabited house and a garden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
The "Gatorade Shower" celebration began with the NY Giants on Bill Parcels in 1984 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gat…
In 1916 a businessman from UT took advantage of inexpensive parcel rates and used the USPS to mail some 80,000 bricks to construct an entire building (Bank of Vernal). After completing delivery of the bricks, the Post Office hastily established a limit of 200 pounds per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
In 1913, Vernon O. Lytle, a mail carrier in Batavia, Ohio, became the first person to accept and deliver a live infant through the postal service. The infant weighed 10 3/4 lbs, just under the 11lb parcel weight limit. snopes.com/photos/people/…
After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2…
Citizens of the United States could (and did) ship children in the mail using the regular parcel post service qr.ae/1XRgR
After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing. kottke.org/08/06/children…
The Indian reservation system in North America started in 1644 at Jamestown when local Powhatans were forbidden to enter English lands. By 1677 the Powhatans were confined into a single parcel of land surrounded by the English. nps.gov/jame/historycultu…
The name for a group of horses depends greatly on context. It can be called a herd, drove, troop, team, parcel, haras(s), field, set, slate, mews, stable, rag, string, stud or mob christchurchcitylibraries…
You Could Legally Send Children Via US Parcel Post in 1913 naturalwellness.com/nwupd…
The Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality diamond ever found, was sent to England from South Africa in a simple, unmarked package via parcel post, while a fake diamond was placed on a protected steamboat bound for London as a diversionary tactic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Henry Wells and William G. Fargo founded American Express, only to strike out on their own when other partners didn't want to expand to California. Oh and they were in the business of small package and parcel transportation (hence the "express"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 1905 the Cullinan diamond, the largest gem quality diamond ever discovered, was presented to King Edward VII as a birthday gift, and was posted from South Africa to London by parcel post while a heavily guarded ship travelled from South Africa as a decoy. heritagedaily.com/2013/01…
UPS, United Parcel Service, (often mistaken for United Postal Service) used a Postal Service song in one of their commercials. youtube.com/watch?v=95EeU…

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