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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
Hot Pockets blamed a lack of sales in 2013 to a lack of extended food stamp benefits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
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…
, if an animal on a Malaysian postage stamp is nocturnal, it's eyes will glow. darkroastedblend.com/2010…
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 Italian child killer Massimo Bossetti was caught after his father, who had an affair with his mother, licked the back of a stamp 11 years ago before his death, which let the investigators to acquire his DNA. This lead to the arrest of his son, in the largest murder investigation in History. mysterydive.com/the-story…
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…
Today I learned of Vasilisa Kozhina, a Russian woman who lead a guerilla regiment of women and teenagers to slaughter "hundreds of the French" in the Patriotic War of 1812. She has two streets, a village and a train station named after her, plus a stamp and a mention in War and Peace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas…
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…
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…
A wrong Statue of Liberty on a stamp cost the USPS $3.5 million. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Bhutan released phonographic stamps which look like little vinyl records, in around 1972. They can actually be played. youtu.be/6a3EFIkdDt8
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
Seagulls stamp their feet to imitate rain, causing worms to surface britishbirdlovers.co.uk/b…
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…
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…
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…
Disputes over the Stamp Act led to Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hutchinson's house being ransacked and destroyed, where the damage was valued at Β£2,200, equivalent to Β£381,837.50 today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"Arschgeweih", the German word for tramp stamp, literally translates to "ass antlers". 1stslice.com/crazy-longes…
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…
Japanese citizens carry a personal stamp called a β€œHanko” that they use to sign financial and legal documents wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_(…
Postage stamps weren't always prepaid. Some of the first post offices in the 1840s made recipients pay for their mail, and only if they came to pick it up. This led to postage going unpaid, a decrease in revenue, and the creation of federal postage stamps. postalmuseum.si.edu/resea…
Uppercase and Lowercase got their names from the fact that print shops kept the metal stamps for the larger sized letters in the "upper case" and the normal sized metal stamps in the "lower case". quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
Today I learned of the Knights of Malta, a sovereign entity (part of the U.N. General Assembly) with 13,500 knights, 40,000 doctors and a further 80,000 volunteers. They have only 2 official citizens, but they still issue passports, coins and postage stamps despite having no physical land or territory wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovere…
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…
In China, companies use stamp chops instead of signatures, and whoever is in physical possession of the stamp can legally sign any document for the company, even rewriting their own employment contract en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
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…
UK law requires draft beer to be sold in imperial measurements only. Crown stamps indicate the glass fits the standard measure for a liquid pint, while the number indicates where the glass was made. Today, most pint glasses in Britain are made in France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Stamp collecting was banned during the cultural revolution for being a bourgeois activity nytimes.com/2010/11/19/fa…
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…
The US Post Office sells a $25 stamp that's required for duck hunting. The proceeds go to conservation efforts. fws.gov/birds/get-involve…
, when creating a forever stamp of the Statue of Liberty, the US Postal Service accidentally used a stock photo of the replica from Las Vegas's New York, New York, instead of a picture of the real one. When the mistake was discovered, they said they would have used that picture anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
G.I Taylor was able to estimate the power released by the first atomic bomb, a secret at the time, by using the size scale, time stamp, and math. He was recruited and given clearance shortly after he published his results. geosci.uchicago.edu/~kite…
Holly Munter Koenig was the only person reviewing comics and approving them to use the Comics Code Authority stamp of approval from 2009 until it ended in 2011 newsarama.com/7084-myster…
Roger Taylor is the only non-Royal family member to ever appear on a British postal stamp while still alive. feelnumb.com/2011/02/03/q…
Rwanda was a monarchy until the year 1961, when the king was overthrown in a revolution. He fled to the United States, where he lived off of food stamps until his death in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kig…
Delaware was founded by Swedes and Finns in the 1630s. Both Sweden and Finland issued stamps in 1938 to commemorate it. genealogia.fi/emi/art/art…
Investigators are trying to analyse the Zodiac Killer's stamp for possible DNA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zod…
We say an experience "made an impression" because of a metaphor Socrates told, it consisted of imagining the mind as a block of wax "on which we stamp what we perceive or conceive" and whatever is impressed on the wax we remember and know. iep.utm.edu/theatetu/
It's estimated that 10% of San Marino's revenue is generated by the sale of its postage stamps to international collectors. The government of San Marino has the world's only philatelic minister of state, Simone Celli. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
On 1805, in England, Richard Harding was executed for forging legal stamps for playing cards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
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…
Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns, is also seen as the "People's Poet" of Russia. A commemorative stamp was issued in his honour by the Soviet Government in 1956 (160 years after his death) and his work continues to be popular in Russia to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The Serbian border police annulles every passport stamp issued by the Republic of Kosovo with an "invalid" stamp to demonstrate its non-recognition of the Kosovo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
The UK is the only country not required to name itself on its postage stamps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
A number of US states tax illegal drugs. You can buy drug stamps anonymously which you should keep with your stash, should it be seized you won't have to face some fines if you have at least paid the right tax. treatmentsolutions.com/dr…
Before the invention of postage stamps, the recipient of a letter or package had to pay the postage when they received it, effectively buying their incoming mail from the postal service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The crew of Apollo 15 sneaked over 398 postage stamps to the moon without authorization, planning to sell them as souveneirs upon their return, the stamps were confiscated and massive embarrassment ensued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
The unique design of the ace of spades originally served to show that stamp duty was paid for a pack of cards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace…
All 24 GPS satellites are equipped with atomic clocks capable of getting the time stamp to a location to the 100 billionth of a second royal.pingdom.com/2010/03…
The panama canal was supposed to be in Nicaragua, but a 1Β’ mail stamp of a erupting volcano mislead the congressmen of thinking that Nicaragua was to dangerous for the building of a canal, so they chose to build in Panama instead. nytimes.com/1985/03/17/op…
The post office in Bedrock, Colorado receives so much fan mail addressed to characters from 'The Flintstones' that they have a special stamp for rejecting the mail that says 'Return to Sender - Fictitious Cartoon Character' telluridenews.com/news/ar…
North Korea issued a series of postage stamps featuring Prince Charles and Princess Diana. There were even celebrations in North Korea when the two were married. ibtimes.co.uk/princess-di…
The crew of the Apollo 15 moon mission took 398 unauthorised postage stamp covers to the moon with them, with the intention of selling 100 of them to a German stamp dealer who provided them. When discovered, NASA re-assigned all the astronauts involved to non-flight roles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Today I learned of the Treskilling Yellow. It is a Swedish postage stamp, one of the rarest stamps in the whole world. Because of how rare it is, it is to be worth more than $3.14 million U.S. dollars. china.org.cn/top10/2012-0…
In the 90s Arizona passed a law creating an official tax stamp and licensing program for drug dealers so that they could hit drug dealers with extra tax evasion charges. The court ruled this was too hypocritical and let a licensed drug dealer walk free. nytimes.com/1996/10/06/we…
Potato guns may be classified as Title II weapons meaning their possession and manufacture are illegal without a federal background check and a $200 tax stamp en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
, the postage stamp of The Statue of Liberty depicts not the real statue in New York, but the replica in Las Vegas linns.com/Liberty_042511.…
The Vatican has its own Post office and issues its own stamps. The Vatican mail system is widely used by Romans as in most cases is a lot quicker than Italian mail. romanlife-romeitaly.com/v…
Members of congress can sign the corner of an envelope and mail it without a stamp using USPS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Spanish investors lost 5 billion Euros in investments into postal stamp funds, which turned out to be Ponzi schemes. tradersnarrative.com/a-sa…
Customer loyalty cards that start with two "free" stamps/punches out of 10 are more than twice as likely to be used than 8-stamp cards. citygro.com/simple-way-to…
The CFO, Adam Smith, Who Made $200K Per Year is Now On Food Stamps Three Years After His Abusive Chick-fil-A Video nextshark.com/chick-fil-a…
In the UK, there are road cameras that photograph cars. From the photos' time stamp data, the average speed of any given car between two points can be calculated. Using this data, motorists can be ticketed if their average velocity exceeds the speed limit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
In 1994, part of the USSR released a parody series of stamps celebrating Marxism and Leninism - that is, Groucho Marxism and John Lennonism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
A Canadian couple claimed exemption from taxes, on the grounds that affixing postage stamps to their clothing made them equivalent to royalty digitaljournal.com/articl…
The country of Bhutan produced a set of stamps in 1972 that were actually tiny playable vinyl records. adelsouto.com/blog/blog_p…
A Nebraska has a state tax on illegal drugs, and dealers "are required by law to buy stamps to affix on the packages, even though the drugs are illegal in the first place." tokeofthetown.com/2011/09…
Tennessee has an "Unauthorized Substances Tax" which requires "merchants or peddlers" of illicit substances to buy stamps to affix to illegal substances that they sell. Oh and don't worry, buying the stamps is completely confidential and legally cannot be used as evidence in court. tn.gov/revenue/topic/unau…
It is legal to stamp political messages on American dollar bills but not commercial advertisements stampstampede.org/faq/yes…
A postage stamp depicting the a Statue of Liberty was once released but used a photo of the Las Vegas Replica at the New York, New York Casino instead reuters.com/article/uk-us…
Hawaii had it own money during ww2 with a "Hawaii stamp over it" so incase of the japanese taking over the Usa could rule that money worthless.. kealakai.byuh.edu/content…
Food stamps were born as conservative, pro-business policy meant to provide American-style choice in commodities for recipients and to promote mainstream American economics by allowing recipients to choose their own foodstuffs as opposed to receiving literal handouts of food from backs of trucks millercenter.org/blog/foo…
Google has a location history that shows everywhere you've been, complete with dates and time stamps. You can view your history by signing in here. maps.google.com/locationh…
On 4 Dec of the Year 292,277,026,596, 64-bit versions of the Unix time stamp will cease to work. This is not anticipated to pose a problem, however, as this is considerably longer than the time it would take the Sun to theoretically expand to a red giant and swallow the earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In Tennessee a single felony drug conviction results in a lifetime ban from receiving food stamps. However, a person must defraud the food stamp program three times before they are banned for life and other felonies, such as murder, do not result in a lifetime ban from the program. tn.gov/humanserv/adfam/fs…
Persons with an Israeli government stamp in their passport or who are openly Jewish are generally not permitted to enter Saudi Arabia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about Γ…land Islands that has its own flag, postage stamps and considered to be a separate 'nation' for radio even though it is an autonomous, demilitarised region in Finland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
The US Postal Service finds old, undelivered mail in equipment so often that it provides a pre-made rubber stampβ€”"Found in supposedly empty equipment"β€”for employees to mark the letters with before delivering them daytondailynews.com/news/…
Hard hat manufacturers stamp an expiration date on each hat as a result of ultraviolet radiation causing natural degradation of the plastic industrialsupplyproducts.…
Reuse of a stamp is a felony in the US law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…
The economy of the Vatican City is supported by financial contributions, the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…

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