You know those flat rate ($6 – $12) Priority Mail boxes from the USPS? Well, this person decided to send 10,000-pennies, or 58.8-pounds worth, in one of these boxes for no apparent reason, other than to say that it’s possible. In comparison, Federal Express or UPS would charge a minimum of $50+ to send the same box. Continue reading to see what it looks like when unpacked.
5 interesting USPS facts:
- The USPS fleet of Chevrolet/Grumman LLV (Long Life Vehicles) has a right-handed driver position, as opposed to the U.S. standard left-hand side? This is to accommodate drivers from having to leave their seats in order to deliver mail.
- Mail is delivered on Sunday in the city of Loma Linda, CA, where there is a large population of Seventh-day Adventists, whose Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday? However, mail isn’t delivered there on Saturday.
- There is a clause in the “Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Postal Property” that gambling on postal premises is prohibited except “to state lottery tickets at vending facilities operated by licensed blind persons where such lotteries are authorized by state law.”
- ZIP codes (which stands for Zoning Improvement Plan and was put in place for the first time in 1963) increase from east to west: the lowest is at Holtsville, New York (00501) and goes up to 99950 (Ketchikan, Alaska)?
- Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General, and served slightly longer than 15 months under George Washington?