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This Is the Only Floating ZIP Code in the US

Meet the intrepid mail boat of Detroit's JW Westcott Company

(Newser) - No home or building in the US has the ZIP code 48222, and yet more packages are being delivered to it than ever before. The New York Times has a fascinating peek at life aboard the country's only floating ZIP code, assigned to a nearly 70-year-old boat that calls... More »

'constants.stuffy.activism' Is Now an Address Here

To visit the US Embassy in Mongolia, go there

(Newser) - The Mongolian post office is replacing traditional addresses with easy-to-remember three-word phrases courtesy of a British startup, Quartz reports. More than 75% of the world's population has no address capable of receiving mail, notes Forbes . What3Words solved this problem by dividing the globe into 57 trillion 3-meter-by-3-meter squares, replacing... More »

Trump's Son Receives a Threatening Letter

Was sent to Eric Trump's apartment, with Massachusetts postmark

(Newser) - Donald Trump says he's got "many, many millions of people" behind him, but apparently not everyone is a Donald devotee. Someone who apparently falls into the latter camp took out their frustrations via his 32-year-old son, Eric, who is said to have received a threatening letter Thursday in... More »

Postal Service Is Sorry for Delivering Blood-Stained Mail

No, it wasn't viral marketing for a mail carrier-based horror movie

(Newser) - The US Postal Service has apologized to residents along an upstate New York mail route who received mail stained with blood, the AP reports. A Postal Service spokesperson for the agency's western New York district tells the Olean Times Herald that the blood was from a mail carrier whose... More »

Charges: Stressed Mailman Threw Out Holiday Mail

Another allegedly stole gift cards

(Newser) - Two New York City mailmen—including one who allegedly trashed a bunch of packages after becoming "overwhelmed" by holiday mail—are facing up to five years in prison after being arraigned Tuesday, the New York Post reports. Daniel Darby started a new route in Queens on Dec. 2 but... More »

This Company Will Break Up With Your Partner for $10

The Breakup Shop thinks 'everyone deserves to be single'

(Newser) - There is now a service for everything—and yes, that extends to the very personal act of breaking up with your significant other. Founded by two brothers in Canada who love their idea enough to market it but not enough to give their full names, The Breakup Shop will send... More »

Man's Father's Day Surprise: Card From Long-Dead Son

'I'm doing fine,' Duane Schrock Jr. wrote 6 years before his death

(Newser) - A few days after Father's Day this year, 87-year-old Duane Schrock Sr. of Virginia received a card from his son in the mail. It read: "Dear Dad, we haven't been in touch for quite a while, I'm doing fine and am very happy in Richmond, I'... More »

Kayaker Nabs Suspected Mail Thief

Wash. suspect tried to make getaway across pond

(Newser) - A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief. Police received multiple calls on Wednesday morning that a man and a woman were going through mailboxes around the town of Sammamish. While deputies were on their way, residents spotted... More »

Holiday Deliveries Kept on Track by ... Weather Nerds?

Corporate meteorologists are 'secret weapon' during high shipping season

(Newser) - Santa had Rudolph's red nose to get him through the winter storm so he could deliver our holiday packages; we have corporate meteorologists. They're what the Washington Post calls "the secret weapon" of shipping companies trying to cash in during the hectic holiday season: "a motley... More »

Feds Also Track Our Snail Mail

Postal Service audit cites limited oversight for 'mail covers' program

(Newser) - Domestic surveillance needn't be electronic. Last year alone, the US Postal Service OK'd almost 50,000 official requests to snoop on people's mail for investigative purposes, the New York Times reports. The numbers come from an audit conducted by the USPS inspector general, who pointed to a... More »

Cops: Lazy Mailman Trashed 1K Letters, Packages

Patrick Paskett charged with mail destruction

(Newser) - If you never got grandma's Christmas card and happen to live on Long Island, this might explain things: A mail carrier threw more than a thousand pieces of mail into garbage bins along his Massapequa and Seaford route ... simply because he was too lazy to deliver them, police say,... More »

Woman: FedEx Lost My Cancer Sample

Marlene Van Duyne says she'll sue FedEx over missing shipment

(Newser) - As far as important packages go, this one is pretty high up there: After doctors found a tumor in Marline Van Duyne's right breast earlier this year, she chose to have a double mastectomy in Utah and was to start chemotherapy a month later—if her sample showed she... More »

Canada Dumping Home Mail Delivery

Community mailboxes will be used to cut costs

(Newser) - Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will make any difference to the chances of mail making it to Canadians' homes a few years from now—the country's postal service plans to completely phase out home delivery within five years and replace it with community mailboxes.... More »

Postal Service's New Pitch: Let's Deliver Booze

USPS wants to get into the beer, wine, and spirits industry

(Newser) - The postal service is so strapped for cash it's kicking around unpopular ideas like ending Saturday delivery , ending door-to-door delivery, and, of course, raising prices . But we're guessing the latest proposal floated by USPS chief Patrick Donahoe won't be unpopular at all: He wants to let mail... More »

Proposed USPS Fix: End Door-to-Door Service

We may end up getting our mail from neighborhood boxes

(Newser) - Rep. Darrell Issa says he has a potential solution to the Postal Service's money problem: Mail carriers could stop delivering your items right to your door. The House Oversight Committee is poised to vote on the proposal—potentially affecting 37 million homes and businesses—today. It could cut costs... More »

Feds Are Keeping an Eye on Your Snail Mail, Too

USPS has two main tools for law enforcement, says New York Times

(Newser) - Creeped out by all this talk of metadata and Big Brother and the fear that your emails aren't as private as you thought? Well, at least there's good old snail mail, right? Not so much, reports the New York Times . It looks at two programs the US Postal... More »

USPS Won't Cut Saturday Mail After All

Post Office says Congress left it no choice

(Newser) - The US Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn't allowing the change. As expected , Congress "has left [USPS] with no choice but to delay implementation" of the five-day-a-week plan, the agency's Board of Governors said in a statement today. More »

No Saturday Mail? 4 Reactions

Reaction ranges from a shrug to 'big mistake'

(Newser) - A few early reactions to the Postal Service's decision to scrap mail on Saturdays :
  • Eh, who cares: "I don’t really consider this a big change," writes Ed Morrissey at Hot Air . "After all, what I don’t get on Saturday, I’ll still get on
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$8.6K Rembrandt Lost in the Mail

Norwegian gallery used postal service to save money

(Newser) - So much for saving on postage. A Norwegian art gallery shelled out for a Rembrandt etching worth $8,600, then sought to have it delivered through the regular mail service—rather than a courier—to save cash. The plan backfired: The piece was lost in the mail, Reuters reports, and... More »

How a 1909 Law Is Holding Back the Post Office

Senate moves to OK booze-by-mail 103 years later

(Newser) - The Senate has an idea to help save the Postal Service: Let people mail alcohol. After all, FedEx and UPS carry the stuff all the time. But a law from 1909—established 10 years before Prohibition came into effect—bars the Postal Service from shipping "all spirituous, vinous, malted,... More »

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