List Of Unbelievable Mail Facts In 2020

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Here Are The List Of Unbelievable Mail Facts In 2020:

10 Fascinating Mail Facts:

  • 1. The UK Royal Mail ran an underground railway network in London of driverless trains from 1927 until 2003 to move mail between sorting offices.
  • 2. Up until 1915, it was legal to mail a baby by US Mail. In 1914, to save money on train fare, May Pierstorff’s parents paid the 53 cents postage and mailed the 5-year old to her grandparents for a visit. She rode the whole way in the mail car and was delivered to her grandparents’ house by the mail clerk on duty.
  • In 1959, USPS attempted to deliver mail in a cruise missile and successfully shipped 3,000 pieces of mail from Virginia to Florida in 22 minutes.
  • Due to confusion in their names, the staff of Slovak and Slovenian embassies meets once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mail.
  • Junk mail companies are charged more money if you send their mail back.
  • Alan Ralsky, a spammer known as the Godfather of e-mail Spam, was signed up for junk snail mail by hundreds of Slashdot readers who found his home address. He said “They’ve signed me up for every advertising campaign and mailing list there is. These people are out of their minds. They’re harassing me.”
  • The mail truck most commonly used by the USPS was produced by Grumman and is called the Long Life Vehicle. Its production began in 1987, and a new one hasn’t been produced since 1994.
  • Until 1953, NYC had a pneumatic tube mail network that spanned 27 miles and connected 23 post offices. Each tube could carry between 400 and 600 letters and traveled at 30-35 miles per hour. At its peak, the system moved 95,000 letters a day.
  • President Richard Nixon deployed 25,000 soldiers to New York City in 1970 to deliver mail after carriers went on strike.
  • In 1958, the Hope Diamond valued at $200-250 million dollars was sent to the Smithsonian via USPS in a plain brown box. (Source: Kick Ass)

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Few Interesting Mail Facts:

  • In 2006, a prisoner named Richard Lee McNair got himself a job in prison repairing mail bags, and he climbed inside one and mailed himself out of prison.
  • On February 20, 1792, George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, making it illegal for postal officials to open anyone’s mail.
  • It is legal to ship live animals in the mail, as long as the animal is not dangerous, diseased, bad-smelling, loud, and able to survive the transit without food or water.
  • The USPS has not directly received taxpayer-dollars since the early 1980s with the minor exception of subsidies for costs associated with the disabled and overseas voters
  • The longest prison sentence in history was for 384,912 years that was given to a mailman for not delivering mail.
  • The average American household receives 848 pieces of junk mail per household, which equals to 1.5 trees every year, more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined.
  • When traffic cameras were first set up in California, a man got a speeding ticket in the mail that included his photo as proof of guilt. Mad that he was fined by a camera, the man took a picture of money and mailed it off. Weeks later he was mailed another photo, this time of handcuffs.
  • Sean Bean gets fan mail intended for Rowan Atkinson who played “Mr. Bean”
  • A “mail-order church” named St. Matthew’s Churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma fought the IRS for tax-exempt status for 17 years. Status was granted in 2000. In 2007, the church earned $6 million per month, mostly by targeting low income and elderly persons who were told that donations are required to have their prayers answered.
  • The Israeli postal service receives more than 1,000 letters addressed to “God” every year. Instead of disposing or archiving them, the mail department opens them and puts them between the cracks of the Western Wall. (Source: Kick Ass)

Fun Facts Of Mail:

  • The Postal Service:
    • is the nation’s 2nd largest civilian employer
    • has the nation’s largest retail network
    • has the world’s largest civilian fleet of vehicles
    • has the world’s largest alternative fuel-enabled fleet
  • The Postal Service has a larger retail network than McDonald’s, Starbucks and Wal-Mart combined (in US).
  • The Postal Service has one of the largest learning management systems in the country.
  • The Postal Service receives 90 percent of its retail revenue from 15,000 of its nearly 32,000 postal-operated retail locations.
  • The Postal Service prints more than 800,000 IRS W-2 forms, 3.3 million payroll checks, 1.8 million non-payroll checks, and 15.4 million payroll earnings statements annually.
  • Most Unusual Delivery Method — mule trains in Arizona. Each mule carries about 130 pounds of mail, food, supplies and furniture down the 8-mile trail to the Havasupai Indians at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, averaging 41,000 pounds per week.
  • Another Unusual Delivery Method — boat in Michigan The JW Westcott is a 45-foot contract mail boat out of Detroit, MI, that delivers mail to passing ships in the Detroit River. The JW Westcott has its own ZIP Code — 48222.
  • Located in MD, the William F. Bolger Center for Leadership Development is a national training facility for the Postal Service. It is the only hotel in the country featuring an on-site Smithsonian exhibit.
  • There are more than 42,000 ZIP codes in the country.
  • The lowest ZIP Code is 00501, a unique ZIP Code for the Internal Revenue Service in Holtsville, NY.
  • The highest ZIP Code is 99950 in Ketchikan, AK.
  • The easiest ZIP Code to remember is 12345, a unique ZIP Code for General Electric in Schenectady, NY.
  • The longest regular rural route is Route 2 in Gridley, KS. The carrier travels 182.8 miles daily and delivers to 258 boxes.
  • The shortest rural delivery route is Route 42 in Henderson, NV. The carrier travels 2.9 miles daily and delivers to 952 boxes.
  • The Postal Service moves mail using planes, trains, trucks, cars, boats, ferries, helicopters, subways, float planes, hovercrafts, T-3s, streetcars, mules, snowmobiles, bicycles, and feet. (Source: Merrimack)

Unbelievable Mail Facts:

  • 67 billion — revenue in 2010, in dollars
  • 171 billion — total number of mail pieces processed in 2010
  • 563 million — the average number of mail pieces processed each day
  • 23 million — the average number of mail pieces processed each hour
  • 391,000 — the average number of mail pieces processed each minute
  • 6,516 — the average number of mail pieces processed each second
  • 40 — the percentage of the world’s card and letter mail volume handled by USPS
  • 1.9 billion — dollar amount paid every 2 weeks in salaries and benefits
  • 574,000 — number of career employees
  • 75 million — the number of workhours reduced in 2010 – equal to 42,800 full-time employees
  • 215,625 — number of vehicles in the Postal Service fleet — the largest civilian fleet in the world
  • 1.25 billion — number of miles driven each year by our letter carriers and truck drivers
  • 399 million — number of gallons of fuel used in 2010
  • 31,871 — number of postal-managed retail locations nationwide
  • 41.5 million — number of address changes processed in 2010
  • 1.3 million — number of people who visit usps.com each day
  • 223 million — the dollar amount of online stamp and retail sales online at usps.com in 2010
  • 423 million — total revenue, in dollars, from Click-N-Ship label purchases in 2010
  • 6.7 million — number of passport applications accepted in 2010
  • 123.6 million — number of money orders issued in 2010
  • 577 million — dollar amount generated from Automated Postal Centers in 2010
  • 63,000 — number of stores, banks, and ATMs that sell postage stamps
  • 735,779 — number of new delivery points added to the network in 2010
  • 0 — tax dollars received for operating the Postal Service (Source: Merrimack).

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