Monday of this week was the 50th anniversary of the introduction of ZIP codes in the USA, on July 1, 1963. I rarely sent letters until I started corresponding with cousins in France in 1967. Therefore I don't remember life without ZIP codes. I was amazed that the letters of one of my cousins arrived in a timely manner because of how she formed some of her numbers. One number in particular was her 4, which for the life of me looked more like the letter h. My ZIP code at the time contained two 4's and her number 4 looked something like the following picture, only even more h-like than this:
At the same time we were introduced to the official two-letter abbreviations for states, some of which made perfect sense — OH for Ohio, NY for New York, etc. But I still get confused about which letters go with some states. For instance, is AK for Arkansas or Alaska? And then all the M-states! Is MI Minnesota, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri? Is MA Massachusetts, Maryland, or Maine, or even Manitoba, Canada?! Is MS Mississippi, Missouri, or Massachusetts? And why in the world did Missouri end up with MO instead of MOntana?! If you pick the wrong letters, that ZIP code could be really important!
If you want to explore this subject some more, there's a good page on it on Wikipedia.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the ZIP code, the humor will be postal without "going postal".
An airhead says to her psychiatrist, "I'm on the road a lot, and my clients are complaining that they can never reach me." Here's how their conversation continued:
Psychiatrist: "Don't you have a phone in your car?"
Airhead: "That was a little too expensive, so I did the next best thing. I put a mailbox in my car."
Psychiatrist: "So how's that working?"
Airhead: "Actually, I haven't gotten any letters yet. I figure it's because when I'm driving around, my zip code keeps changing."
A Facebook friend posted the following that is vaguely related to today's topic:
I NEED HELP FRIENDS! I have a stalker named Bill! You know who you are!
I absolutely HATE him! He keeps hanging around my house, despite my best efforts to get rid of him. I think he's obsessed with me! When I think I've finally gotten rid of him , he keeps coming back. I think he loves me! He comes with many aliases ... Phone Bill, Electric Bill, Water Bill, Gas Bill, and so on. If you drive by my house and see him, feel free to shoot him on site!
Is Bill is stalking you too?
A woman took a package to the post office to mail and was told it would cost $3.40 for fast delivery or $2.30 for slower service.
"There is no hurry," she told the clerk, "just so the package is delivered in my lifetime."
The postmaster glanced at her and said, "That will be $3.40, please."
Q & A about the postal system...
Q: What's the difference between a chess player and a postal worker?
A: A chess player moves every now and then.
Q: What do you call Bob the Mailman after he gets fired?
Q: What would you get if the US Postal Service merged with Domino's?
A: Pizzas delivered 5 days late!
There haven't been too many famous quotations associated with the post office. The most famous is the one chiseled in stone above the entrance to the main post office in New York City:
Most people don't realize that the quotation is 2,000 years old. It comes from the Greek writer Herodotus, who mailed it in, intending it for the entrance of the post office in ancient Athens. But you know how the mail is....
I hope you Americans will have a super Independence Day celebration!
Reflecting recently on gym clothes from our high school days, "The girls' gym suits were 'one size fits no one!'" — Becka Loach
Why do they put up pictures of criminals in the post office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? It seems as if it would make more sense to put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mail carriers could look for them while they deliver the mail?
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