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USPS advice on the Anthrax treat.
October 16, 2001 9:57 PM   Subscribe

USPS advice on the Anthrax treat. You've read through the hype. Now read about what you really must know.
posted by betobeto (9 comments total)

 
D'oh. Read "threat" above.

And as far as "treats" go, better have your kids double-check their candy for Halloween by the way.
posted by betobeto at 9:59 PM on October 16, 2001


I'm amazed at the truly dumb things I hear over my Chicago PD zone. People calling in because their well marked bills don't have a return address was what I heard most often. Of course we all know AT&T includes a free gift of anthrax with their cable modem bills!

It's starting to level off but for a while there would be a suspicious package call every couple minutes. If you wanted to rob a bank that was the time. Nobody was available for real calls.
posted by @homer at 10:18 PM on October 16, 2001


The anthrax,
the anthrax,
I.m geting a hair
up a gnat's ass
about the anthrax

Yes, thousands and thousands of terrorists are planning right now to infect the little trick or treaters' candy...

"Presently, there have been only two confirmed incidents of anthrax bacteria being sent through the mail."

But what about the children!?

Hey..let's really scare the hell out of them !
...about this current public hysteria.

bureaucratically excessive
USPS worry wart advisory +
MetaFile, the petri dish of cultural panic
does not = the CDC bottomline.

If only it were the last word about the anthrax.
posted by y2karl at 10:25 PM on October 16, 2001


Wait a second? Didn't you used to be a copywriter for Dr. Bronner's?

The Postal Service delivers approximately 208 billion pieces of mail per year. Presently, there have been only two confirmed incidents of anthrax bacteria being sent through the mail.

So, what are the odds then? Like, 1 in 100 at least. Freaky, but it still makes me feel better.
posted by sylloge at 12:34 AM on October 17, 2001


Meta[Filter], the petri dish of cultural panic

Tagline city!
posted by rodii at 5:50 AM on October 17, 2001


Did you see the poster version of the "Threats by Mail" alert? It warns us not to "open, smell, touch, or taste" the suspicious package.

Are there really people out there who taste their mail?
posted by ColdChef at 7:19 AM on October 17, 2001


Mmm, free Dorito samples.

I remember when Cool Ranch came out in the 80s and I got a sample. It was the only piece of mail I got all year.
posted by jragon at 7:29 AM on October 17, 2001


"Isolate the mailpiece." ???
Who writes their material?
posted by realjanetkagan at 8:03 AM on October 17, 2001


Dr Bronners? I love his stuff! And I've been to that site, too.
But I am flattered. Actually I had in mind something Ivan Stang of Church of the Subgenius said about writing in multiple, fonts, bold, italic amd cases in an interview from, oh, 20 years ago. Which makes it pre-Web...Sometimes, though, I wish I could write for Jack...
posted by y2karl at 9:00 PM on October 17, 2001


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