Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What's the craziest thing you've ever mailed?

I recently read about a customer who sent his parents a pacificer in the mail.

It was his way of saying that a new grandbaby was coming.
Close-up of a child's pacifier with a blurred pacifier in the background
I once mailed a $100 bill to Alexander Hamilton to taunt him -- and the crank signed it and sent it back to me! 

I mailed a lock of my hair to John Adams, who had a growing circle on the top of his dome. He didn't appreciate me wasting resources on such pranks.

I also sent Jefferson a menu from his favorite pub, with the ale selection lined out.

I'm curious, what's the craziest thing you've ever mailed? Send me a note here.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

My son was 2000 miles away at college in Evansville Indiana. It was his freshman year, and the thing he most missed was pizza from his favorite local restaurant. They made the pizza for him and flash froze it; we picked it up, placed it in an express mail box and expressed it from our airport office to his. He picked it up there, went straight to his microwave, and had a pizza party with his dorm friends. Best pizza he had all year... thanks to the USPS!

Anonymous said...

I mailed 19 birthday cards to my girlfriend in college when she turned 19

Anonymous said...

While working for the USPS the craziest thing I saw mailed was an allegator. I even had a picture of it saying please do not accept these for mailing. Go figure....

Anonymous said...

I have mailed a lot of crazy things to my grandchildren in other states, like fancy flip flops and big balls and they love it all!

Anonymous said...

To my cousin in early years:
tiny dehydrated dead frog;
and whole fingernail that was ripped out by catching it in a froze-up fan belt i grabbed.
RR 17
D.Carey
Modesto,Ca.

Anonymous said...

When my daughter was in college I mailed her a large, decorated "Birthday Cookie" - it arrived in perfect condition. And when my brother had moved from S.D. to California my parents would send him frozen deer and pheasant. My grandmother sent me homemade goose "craklin's" when I was in the Army in Germany. We also received live crickets through the mail when we owned a pet store - they were food for the tarantulas and lizards.

Anonymous said...

One of my customers received a shipment of live bees.....

Anonymous said...

I once mailed Blue Bell ice cream to my cousin in Phoenix AZ, because she couldn't get it there.

Anonymous said...

To my surprise, my friend once mailed me a single New York Bagel while I was living in Arizona as he knew I missed a real bagel which can only be made in NY as the Phoenix bagels were just like bread and not the real thing.

Anonymous said...

As a clerk I have had people mail actual birthday cakes to their kids. Always arriving in good condition.

grannybunny said...

I'm a former window clerk and had a customer who mailed party invitations painted on coconuts and beach balls and as messages in (plastic) bottles that also contained glitter, confetti, etc. All of the Postal employees who handled her unusual mailings enjoyed them on their way to their intended recipients.

Anonymous said...

I mailed a child's potty chair that plays music to enthuse my grandson who is potty training. We have mailed frozen livestock manure to laboratories and frozen semen to farmers for livestock breeding. You name it and we mail it!

Anonymous said...

When I learned about my first grandchild, I mailed a baby bottle to my son in law with a congratulation note inside.

Anonymous said...

I mailed Krispy Cream cruellers to beloved Aunt when she wintered in Phoenix, as they did not have them there.

Anonymous said...

As a PM I used to express mail frozen camel's milk for a customer to a child in NY who couldn't drink any kind of milk but camel's. It always made it there in good condition.

Anonymous said...

Traveling as a kid, I would seldom have postcards or stationary, so I would write letters on anything I could find: paper restaurant placemats, matchbook covers, in the margins of newspaper pages, etc. Once, I wrote a letter on (numbered) blades of grass. Another time, I penned a "Dear John" letter on a paper toilet seat cover. My recipients always appreciated the creativity. (Except maybe that last one.)

someone else said...

I once used a barf bag from an airplane as an envelope.
My best friend once mailed a refrigerator box.