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(USA Today)   Letter delivered 35 years after it was sent. Post Office thrilled that their service time is improving   (usatoday.com ) divider line
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2003-06-24 10:08:15 AM  
"No one has ever broken the 50% mark!"

[/Newman]
 
2003-06-24 10:43:01 AM  
Postmaster Jerry Keller said it is unusual for a letter to be lost this long before it's delivered.

Usually they just put them in the round file long before that.
 
2003-06-24 11:15:58 AM  
What does it mean when the flag flies at half mast at the Post Office?
 
2003-06-24 11:33:29 AM  
Cardinal - "Now Hiring"
 
2003-06-24 12:10:16 PM  
Pssh! That's nothing! Doc sent Marty a letter from 1885 that was delivered 70 years later...yet right on time.
 
2003-06-24 01:30:17 PM  
I always hear people cutting on the postal service, but I've never had a problem. Am I the only one?
 
2003-06-24 01:31:04 PM  
I had the same thought Cletus. Wow, I had the same thought as someone named Cletus, I been in the south too long...
 
2003-06-24 01:31:27 PM  
I am sure i saw this article on Fark already...

/checks madness barometer
 
2003-06-24 01:32:55 PM  
God I hate dial-up...
Someone. please. kill. me...
Yeah. I know it has nothing to do with the article, but I am suffering through my first month without cable modem.
So does this top the "letter delivered 50 years late" stories? I don't think so. Now if it were a check from the goverment or the likes, I'd be more impressed. But thats just me.
Prime
 
2003-06-24 01:38:24 PM  
on a sidenote why did the boobies post go to totalfark?
 
2003-06-24 01:38:40 PM  
Amateurs. Wasn't there a story a couple of days ago about a letter being delivered after 200 years? These boys just aren't trying.
 
2003-06-24 01:38:42 PM  
Prime, you want to torture yourself, just try surfing for porn using dial-up.
 
2003-06-24 01:38:57 PM  
They must have a "Dead-and-Decomposing Letter Office"
 
2003-06-24 01:39:42 PM  
Clinic workers tracked down Chet's brother, Tom Gallagher, in Council Bluffs. He said Chet had been stationed with the military in California before deciding to move.

In the letter, Chet made it clear he was determined to succeed and he wished that he could have his father's encouragement.


Jeebus! Can you imagine if, because this wasn't delivered, the son thought his father had disowned him and they never spoke again before the father's death?

That would suck.
 
2003-06-24 01:47:25 PM  
Before the last presidential election, I filed for an absentee ballot.

I received it the following March.
 
2003-06-24 01:48:12 PM  
It was written by son Chet Gallagher, who decided to leave Council Bluffs in 1968 to make a new start in California.
Not only was a lost letter delivered, but an unsolved missing-persons case was solved simultaneously!
 
2003-06-24 01:54:13 PM  
Hey!!

What the heck happened to the boobies link to Jenna and (was it "Heidi"?) from Survivor??

>:(
 
2003-06-24 02:00:28 PM  
What happened to Chet? Or his Dad?

/read it, but won't read it again to find out
 
2003-06-24 02:08:10 PM  
This "article" provides astonishingly little detail about how it happened.

"Well, gee, that's odd. Oh, well, guess that's how it goes."

Could you be a little more vague, please?
 
2003-06-24 02:10:07 PM  
NOTE TO ALL

I did an experiment in which I placed the address I wanted the letter sent to on the RETURN address corner.

And the return address corner on the ADDRESSEE area.

I then put a once cent stamp on the envelope, knowing it would be "return to sender"

AND viola, the mail was sent to the person I wanted it to be sent to. This was just across 3 zip codes though, I wonder if it will work cross states.

Get it?
 
2003-06-24 02:16:04 PM  
Kloppet,Kloppet,Kloppet...Max Kloppett Jr.

"What do you do if the letter is too big for the slot"?

"Well, if ya fold 'em, they fire ya...I usually just throw 'em out".
 
2003-06-24 02:19:24 PM  
"2003-06-24 12:10:16 PM
cletussaves

Pssh! That's nothing! Doc sent Marty a letter from 1885 that was delivered 70 years later...yet right on time. "

[image from ketzer.com too old to be available]
 
2003-06-24 02:19:30 PM  
I did an experiment in which I placed the address I wanted the letter sent to on the RETURN address corner.

that's brilliant!
 
2003-06-24 02:22:13 PM  
What do you call a letter that is mailed in Dallas and Arrives in Fort Worth a week later?

Special Delivery.

/Too much MAD magazine as a kid...
 
2003-06-24 02:29:04 PM  
Why is it that there is NEVER an explanation for these things? The post office guy-of-the-day they ask always just says, "We don't know how that happened or where the letter has been all this time." Bullcrap.

USPS SUX
 
2003-06-24 02:35:36 PM  
I wish the post office would lose my bills more often, then I'd have an excuse not to pay them and spend more money on beer.
 
2003-06-24 02:37:19 PM  
I'm with theGooch, I think the U.S. Postal System gets far too much grief. Especially considering how little (propotionately speaking) the cost of mailing a letter has gone up in the 200+ year history of our country.

But I guess that's just me.
 
2003-06-24 02:43:27 PM  
Postmaster Jerry Keller said it is unusual for a letter to be lost this long before it's delivered after he returned from medical leave for a lobotomy
 
2003-06-24 02:45:15 PM  
I am still waiting on month old birthday cards from my grandma and my aunt. I need beer and cigarette money, but the USPS is denying me. I should sue them.
 
2003-06-24 02:45:47 PM  
Definitely not just you theGooch and Farker_Texas. I never have problems with the USPS. I constantly have problems with FedEx and I avoid UPS at all costs. I don't think I've ever NOT had some problem with UPS. The USPS is one of the only public institutions that actually seems to work.
 
2003-06-24 02:46:36 PM  
Tonight on the 11 O'clock news: Post office concludes 35 year study on using riding mowers to deliver mail.
 
2003-06-24 03:02:35 PM  
for less money than it costs to buy a pack of gum I can send a letter anywhere in the world, and usually get it there within a few days. I really cant imagine how it could get more efficient, especially now that theyve stopped shooting people all the time
 
2003-06-24 03:06:44 PM  
I did an experiment in which I placed the address I wanted the letter sent to on the RETURN address corner.

hmmm...I think Ive found a way to afford the shipping on that monitor I want from ebay...
 
2003-06-24 04:09:52 PM  
Is your name Marty? Marty McFly?

/Western Union Man.
 
2003-06-24 04:10:33 PM  
 
2003-06-24 04:30:24 PM  
Thank you for your accolade regarding my above idea. But it doesn't work with packages I don't think.
 
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