Snail mail peaked long ago, but until teleportation becomes a thing, it will always have a place in society. While email can cover most things from love letters to bills to spam, there are some things that just have to be sent door-to-door… even if they really shouldn’t be. Take, for example, the things on this list! Check out the weirdest things people have ever actually mailed below…
Before the post office realized they had to make it illegal, people would mail their actual children, usually to see their grandparents for a weekend or something. The first child mailed was a young boy who was carried by a mailman to his grandmother’s house about a mile away in 1913. His parents paid 15-cents for the stamps and even insured their son for 50 dollars, so you know they valued his life! (50 dollars was a lot back then.)
From 1897 to 1953, the New York City Post office moved mail across the city using an intricate system of tubes that shot mail through canisters from one point of the city to another. One of the first few items sent through this system was a cat. Miraculously, the cat survived the ordeal, but this probably prompted the first ever meeting of PETA, right?
The Slave Who Mailed Himself to Freedom
Henry Brown had the genius idea to hide in a wooden crate, and then had a friend ship the box to the Philadelphia home of abolitionist James Miller McKim 27 hours later. He spoke openly about his escape, and unfortunately, because of his boasting, it ended up being a direct cause of the Fugitive Slave Act being passed in 1850. 🙁
In 1916, William H. Coltharp had 80,000 bricks mailed to a town Utah so he could build a bank out of them. He followed US Postal guidelines and had crates packed under the 50 lb limit, with 40 bricks included in each package. The Postal Service, though completely overwhelmed, managed to deliver all of the bricks across their 127 mile journey to their destination.
Why send your enemy some regular ol’ hate mail when it’s perfectly legal to mail BEES and SCORPIONS and pretty much any non-poisonous insect?! 😐
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