The actor Terence Stamp played General Zod (Superman’s archenemy) in Superman/Superman 2 and Jor-El in Smallville making him both Superman’s uncle and father. liveabout.com/every-super…
Mark Twain had a lifelong feud with the USPS. He called the cost of mailing letters to England "downright robbery," and remarked that "when England in 1848 invented stamps, my feelings were decidedly anti-English." atlasobscura.com/articles…
The so-called "discovery of hunger" took place in April 1967; the US Senate noticed families in the Mississippi Delta and across the US were dying of starvation as local officials blocked their access to food aid. This led to the creation of WIC and the reform of the Food Stamp Program processhistory.org/green-…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The USPS mistook a Las Vegas replica for the real Statue of Liberty when creating the Lady Liberty "forever" stamp in 2010, resulting in a $3.5m payout to the replica's sculptor for violating his copyright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The is no official place called the British Virgin Islands; they are just the "Virgin Islands". Many authorities on the island (including the tourist board and electricity company) as well as postage stamps and Wikipedia use "British" to avoid confusion with the American Virgin Islands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The rarest stamp in the world (the 1856 British Guiana 1c magenta) - of which only one specimen exists - has broken the world record stamp price each of the last four times it has been sold. It was sold for 6s, Β£120, Β£150, $36,000, $40,000, $280,000, $935,000, and most recently $9,480,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
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…
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a Calorie livestrong.com/article/33…
The First Postal System of Iran was run by India using Indian stamps... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The country of Vanuatu has an underwater post office. It is located "50m offshore" and is 3m below the surface. The post office even has a special cancellation stamp that can be used underwater! postcrossing.com/blog/201…
Angus McDonagh designed and printed his own fake postage stamps, with images of himself wearing an eye patch, a beret and a Father Christmas beard. He successfully used them to post over 100 letters. stampcircuit.com/Magazine…
Hot Pockets blamed a lack of sales in 2013 to a lack of extended food stamp benefits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Stamps are considered a financial liability until they are used, so buying stamps does not provide the United States Post Office with more revenue. Only after the stamps are used can they be credited for revenue. uspsoig.gov/blog/forever-…
Film critic Roger Ebert started his journalism career as a kid with a stamp collecting newsletter called "Ebert's Stamp News". He was able to get 6 subscribes, and actually mailed the newsletter to them. blog.aarp.org/legacy/roge…
Since 1864, the British Royal Family has maintained one of the world's largest collections of postage stamps, with King George V once setting a record when he paid Β£1,450 for a single stamp en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about the Yellow Fleet. During the Israel-Egypt 6-Day-War, a group of 15 ships was trapped in a war-zone for 8 years (1967-1975) in the Suez Canal. While trapped the crews met regularly, socialized & founded an association for mutual support. They even issued postage stamps recognized worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
In 2010, the Royal Mail turned 10 classic British albums into postage stamps, including albums by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Blur. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with only two citizens, it has been described as the smallest sovereign state in the world. It has Observer Status at the UN and has its own currency, passports, and postage stamps. It claims continuity from a crusader order over 900 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
The shift (maj) key's name originated from the typewriter, where one had to press and hold the button to shift up the case stamp to change to capital letters. computerhope.com/jargon/s…
, if an animal on a Malaysian postage stamp is nocturnal, it's eyes will glow. darkroastedblend.com/2010…
JRR Tolkien (Author of the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings) would hand-write, illustrate, envelop, seal, stamp letters from "Father Christmas" to each of his children each year. tolkienestate.com/en/pain…
The Postal Service once printed 3 billion stamps featuring the Statue of Liberty, before realizing that the picture was actually of the Las Vegas replica cnn.com/style/article/sta…
During WWII, DC Comics featured a fictional President Roosevelt who asked all heroes to directly support the war effort. Comics often advocated for kids to support the war by buying war bonds or stamps and many schools held β€œWar Bond drives” nww2m.com/2015/10/home-fr…
A wrong Statue of Liberty on a stamp cost the USPS $3.5 million. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
After the cancellation of the 1944 Olympics, Polish prisoners of war being held in the Nazi Oflag II-C POW camp staged their own unofficial Olympics games. They made their own flag from a bed sheet, an opening ceremony was held and even a commemorative stamp was printed by the camp post office. history.com/news/the-olym…
In 2013 Belgium printed half a million postage stamps that smelled and tasted like chocolate as a celebration of the country’s chocolatiers. bbc.com/news/av/magazine-…
In 1930, Spain printed a series of postage stamps featuring Goya's "Naked Maja" painting. The United States refused all mail sent with this stamp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Seagulls stamp their feet to imitate rain, causing worms to surface britishbirdlovers.co.uk/b…
Since Britain was the first country to issue prepaid postage stamps, British stamps are the only stamps that do not bear the name of the country of issue on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
The Qing government hired two American engravers in the early 1900s to establish a Chinese Bureau of Engraving and Printing so that China could produce its own stamps and currency. Washington architects designed a eleven-building plant in Beijing for over $5 million postalmuseum.si.edu/pacif…
Some children during the Industrial Revolution were so poor their schools had to lend them shoes - and stamp them with a warning not to pawn them for money for food blog.msimanchester.org.uk…
One of the most well known Presidents of the USA, Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt, was against putting "In God We Trust" on currency, saying it would "... cheapen such a motto by use on coins, postage stamps, or ads" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Bhutan released phonographic stamps which look like little vinyl records, in around 1972. They can actually be played. youtu.be/6a3EFIkdDt8
A man handmade his own postage stamps featuring his face for years to mail letters all over the world, and was never found out. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
The British 1c Magenta Stamp from 1856 sold at auction for $9.5million (inc buyer's premium). Weighing at 0.04grams, it is the most expensive item ever sold by weight, translating to approximately $237.5million per gram sothebys.com/en/auctions/…
Apocalypse Now used real footage of a water buffalo being killed for the ending and thus was not given the "No animals were harmed in the making of this movie" stamp of approval from the American Humane Association. shmoop.com/apocalypse-now…
"Arschgeweih", the German word for tramp stamp, literally translates to "ass antlers". 1stslice.com/crazy-longes…
Those tiny odd ink stamps on large currency bills are referred to as "Chopmarks". They are used so that a currency dealer does not have to study a note closely, if it already has his chop showing that he did that before. They will then accept back the note if found to be a forgery. coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n…
San Marino lays claim to be the oldest extant sovereign state as well as the oldest constitutional republic. It is only 61 sq.km in size, and generates 10% of its revenue from postage stamps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned about the US National Park's "Passport" program. Visitors acquire date-specific passport cancellation stamps to record their visits to National Parks, Monuments, etc. All cancellation stamps are free and the nominal cost for a passport book/accessories goes back to the National Park system! parkchasers.com/2015/12/t…
Today I learned about the Yellow Fleet, a group of 15 boats trapped in the Suez Canal due to the Six Day War. The multinational crew formed a lawless entity for 8 years and even had recognized postal stamps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
Today I learned about the British Guiana 1c magenta. The stamp, first issued in the 1850s in what is today the South American nation of Guyana, is considered the rarest in the world by collectors - it sold at a Sotheby's auction in 2014 for almost 1 billion times it's original face value, at $9,480,000. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
O fthe North Carolina Unaurthorized Substance Tax. A tax that is to be paid on any illegal substance you possess over a certain weight within 48 hours of recieving it . Than placing a stamp onto it showing the tax was paid. And no, it doesn't make it any less illegal to posses. arnoldsmithlaw.com/north-…
Collecting stamps was a nearly lifelong passion for Franklin D. Roosevelt. When FDR contracted polio in 1921, he turned to his stamps as a distraction during his bedridden days. He once said, "I owe my life to my hobbiesβ€”especially stamp collecting." biography.com/news/frankl…
A loaf of bread made in Pompeii in first century AD was discovered. Impressed on it was a Roman bread stamp, which bakeries were required to do to prevent fraud. ridiculouslyinteresting.c…
North Carolina has an "Unauthorized Substance Tax" where you purchase stamps to show you paid the taxes on your illegal drugs. ncdor.gov/taxes/unauthori…
The Romans built an 8km (~5 mile) wall with 13 forts around Jerusalem in 3 days in order to siege the inner city. Time stamp: 9:00. youtube.com/watch?v=mdE3x…
After Kirani James won Grenada's first-ever Olympic gold medal in 2012, the country was so proud that the government held a giant 3-hour celebratory rally attended by thousands, gave him US$186,000, printed new stamps, named a new stadium after him, and built a museum/gym in his home town. jamaicaobserver.com/sport…
The first child to be "mailed" was sent to his grandmother in 1913. The 10 ΒΎ pound boy from Batavia, Ohio was sent to his grandmother a mile away. The boy’s parents paid 15 cents for the stamps and insured their son for $50. postalmuseum.si.edu/parce…

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