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Top 12 Things You Should Know About the U.S. Postal Service

(from the USPS website)

12. Nearly 6,000 mail carriers are attacked by dogs each year. All attacks are preventable. It’s a serious problem the Postal Service addresses every day and customers are asked to restrain their pets when carriers are on their delivery routes. While the Postal Service routinely promotes safety tips to avoid dog attacks, one week a year is dedicated to promoting education and public safety during the annual National Dog Bite Awareness Week in May.

11. The Postal Service has the country’s largest retail network — larger than McDonald’s, Starbucks and Walmart combined, domestically

10. Through the Carrier Alert Program, Postal Service letter carriers help monitor the well-being of elderly and disabled customers. If carriers notice an accumulation of mail that might indicate an accident or illness, they notify emergency personnel. In addition, each year postal employees go beyond the call of duty, some even risking their own safety to save the lives of the customers they serve. In 2015, the Postal Service recognized 318 employee heroes for going above and beyond.

9. The Postal Service processes and delivers nearly half of the world’s mail — 47 percent.

8. The Postal Service embraces the heroic service of the United States’ armed forces. More than 113,000 veterans are employed with the organization, and more than 140 stamps have been issued that reflect the nation’s military history, including the current Medal of Honor series. (As of Jan 2015)

7. The Postal Service is the only organization in the country that has the resources, network infrastructure and logistical capability to regularly deliver to every residential and business address in the nation.

6. The Postal Service has more than 200,000 vehicles, one of the largest civilian fleets in the world. Part of this fleet is currently in the process of being replaced with next generation vehicles to incorporate the automotive industry’s advances in ergonomics, safety features, fuel efficiency, low emissions and design flexibility.

5. The Postal Service can and does compete with the private sector — and it collaborates with it, too. UPS and FedEx pay the Postal Service to deliver hundreds of millions of their ground packages to residences, taking advantage of the Postal Service’s expansive delivery network. The Postal Service pays UPS and FedEx for air transportation, taking advantage of their comprehensive air networks.

4. Mail is a great communication tool. It’s personal. You can keep letters and cards forever. There are no monthly plans. No signal outages. No roaming charges. Regardless of geographic location, anyone can send a letter for just 47¢ to anywhere in the United States, its territories and U.S. military and diplomatic installations worldwide.

3. Mail is reliable, trusted and secure — more than 200 federal laws protect the sanctity of the U.S. Mail. These laws are enforced by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country. U.S. Postal Inspectors are federal agents, mandated to safeguard the nation’s mail — including the people who move it and the customers who use it.

2. The U.S. Postal Service is the core of the $1.4 trillion mailing industry in this country that employs more than 7.5 million people.

1.The Postal Service receives NO tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Sent out all giveaway + V-day prize cards!

I’ll message individuals on IM later but it is past 9AM and I have not slept yet due to certain circumstances and do not trust my ability to type coherent messages and manage 25 simultaneous convos, so uh, I’ll just put this here for now.

(those circumstances being we have a guest over, the apartment is too cold to have said guest sleep on the sofa in the kitchen, so mom offered her bed and then stole mine, but my sleep schedule is so fucked mom suggested i just stay up until she wakes up so we don’t have to share. Then post office opened at 8 today, and it’s gonna snowstorm tonight, and post office is like a good 40 minute walk away and mum said she can drive me halfway so i decided to stay up to get it done before the snow…ANYWAY).

All V-Day card winners should receive BRIGHT YELLOW ENVELOPES.

All INTERNATIONAL giveaway card winners should receive BRIGHT ORANGE ENVELOPES.

All DOMESTIC (that’s U.S.) giveaway card winners should receive naked postcards.

Give them some time to arrive, especially if you’re international, but if it seems like it’s taking an absurdly long time to arrive OR it arrives heavily damaged, let me know and I’ll send a replacement if necessary, U.S. postal service can be crappy like that ^ ^; If you can, I’d really appreciate if you can send me a message when your arrives, just so I know they didn’t get lost, I do want to make sure everyone gets what I promised! ^ ^;

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Mary Fields was born a slave and freed when American slavery was outlawed in 1865. She was usually seen smoking a cigar, wearing a pistol and a jug of whiskey. After taking on various jobs including domestic worker, forewoman and owner of a restaurant that would serve food to anyone even if they couldn’t pay, at age 60 she became a mail carrier because she was the fastest applicant to hitch a team of six horses. She was the second woman and first African American woman to work for the U.S. Postal Service. She never missed a day. She drove a team of horses and a mule named Moses. If the snow was too deep for her horses, she delivered mail on snowshoes. Her reliability earned her the nickname “Stagecoach Mary”. She became so respected in the town of Cascade that they closed its schools to celebrate her birthday each year. When Montana passed a law forbidding women to enter saloons, the mayor of Cascade granted her an exemption.

  • Griffin: Anyway, Dansby asks, "Is it okay to use worn out underwear as packing materials for holiday gifts? Well, the holidays are coming up and I have a big bin full of worn out underwear that our family has been accumulating for a while. I know I need some cushioning material for shipping out holiday gifts. It is acceptable to use the underwear for this purpose? Of course the present will be inside a wrapped box inside the shipping box, so it's not like it will be inside the gift. BQ: What's your favorite winter holiday song?"
  • Travis: Um, what kind of fucking family are you in?
  • Griffin: I think my favorite winter holiday song is, uh, 'You Ruined our Christmas With Stinky Awful Old Underwear That You Wrapped Around The iPod'.
  • Travis: Why does your family have a bin of worn out underwear?
  • Griffin: Uh, well, "Additional details: Our family tries very, very hard to be eco-friendly. We don't have anything else to use and the thought of buying extra paper or bubble wrap to waste makes me cry for the earth." You know what makes me cry for the earth? You know what makes me CRY for the earth?! Your stinky awful underwear.
  • ...
  • Travis: It makes me mad that it sounds like you've already made this decision, 'cause you've been collecting this underwear for a while now.
  • Justin: Hey dude, if you have to send it in dirty underwear...it ain't a gift.
  • Griffin: These 'green' questions are straight bumming me out. They're really harshing my mellow. I wouldn't give a fuck if the earth had like six years left in it. If the earth had four years left in it, and people didn't send underwear through the U.S. Postal Service, like, that's a trade-off I'm willing to make.

The U.S. Postal Service also had a nuclear apocalypse plan dating all the way back to the ‘50s, and it was better than the one Kevin Costner came up with. Revised again in the '80s, the USPS Emergency Planning Manual instructed postal employees on how to check mail for radiation before processing, and in the event of a full-scale invasion, to burn all the stamps so that they wouldn’t fall into enemy hands. Our vicious, stamp-collecting enemies.

The USPS also stockpiled a massive number of change-of-address forms in case of an emergency displacement of the population, so citizens could still get jam-of-the-month deliveries in their new residence, hiding in the burned-out husk of a 7-Eleven. In 1982, Congress called on the USPS to defend the efficacy of the plan, questioning the necessity of a postal service when there’s not many people “left to read or write letters after the nuclear bombs explode.” To which the United States Postal Service replied: “But those that are will get their mail.”

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Feb. 2 was a big day for Irish author James Joyce: On Feb. 2, 1882, he was born to John Joyce and Mary Jane Murray just outside Dublin, and 40 years later – on Feb. 2, 1922 – Ulysses was published by bookseller Sylvia Beach. (Although Joyce had published parts of the book serially starting in 1918, the book wasn’t published in full until four years later.)

Even then, it wasn’t an easy book to get your hands on: It was banned in England for obscenity into the 1930s and the U.S. Postal Service tended to burn any copies they happened to come across. If you have one, though, hang on to it! A pristine copy sold in London a few years ago for £275,000, or around $400,000.

Image via Wikipedia.

U.S. Postal Service Unveils New Halloween-Themed Stamps for 2016

In the spirit of Halloween, the Postal Service issues these delightfully eerie stamps featuring photographs of four different jack-o’-lanterns.  These creatively carved pumpkins have been symbols of Halloween in the United States since the late 19th century, not long after celebrations of the holiday began here. These are the first Halloween-themed stamps issued by the Postal Service.
Paul Montanari designed and carved the pumpkins under the art direction of Derry Noyes of Washington, DC.  Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed the lit jack-o’-lanterns used on the stamps.