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Portable Zip Codes "Every year millions of Americans are on the go: People who must relocate for work or other reasons. Those people may have been quite attached to their original homes or an adopted town or city of residence. For them this innovative measure will serve as an umbilical cord to the place they love best."
posted by cmicali (13 comments total)

 
Did anyone else get as fooled as I did yesterday? I was driving in a car with 2 coworkers and we were speechless. It took almost the whole segment for us to realize it was a joke. Cheers to NPR for such an unexpected laugh.
posted by cmicali at 8:54 AM on April 2, 2004


"This is like Kinko's expanding its reproductive services to include gynecology," said Sen. Phil Spigel of Arkansas.

choice.
posted by clockwork at 8:56 AM on April 2, 2004


He spoke with NPR by satellite phone from south Sudan, where he is on a fact-finding mission with the singer, Cher.

I thought this was serious when I heard it.
posted by cmicali at 8:58 AM on April 2, 2004


It would be nice to have your mail sent to you where ever you are no matter where you are. Call it permanent forwarding or dynamic forwarding. Just log in and update your real address. You're address could be represented by your email address even. hm.
posted by tomplus2 at 9:08 AM on April 2, 2004


I thought it was serious for a second, but then remembered that it was april fools day.
posted by trbrts at 9:08 AM on April 2, 2004


It would be nice to have your mail sent to you where ever you are no matter where you are. Call it permanent forwarding or dynamic forwarding. Just log in and update your real address.

Doesn't the Army Post Office do something like this?
posted by bendybendy at 9:16 AM on April 2, 2004


I was fooled when I heard it on NPR yesterday. I don't know how I manage to still fall for this stuff every year.
posted by Witty at 9:32 AM on April 2, 2004


No. You fill out a mail forwarding form when you change duty stations and get a new address when you arrive at your next duty station.
posted by Apoch at 9:36 AM on April 2, 2004


Well, when you're on a ship, your mail to the ship will find you no matter where it is. The obvious solution is for everyone to get their own boat.
posted by greasepig at 9:40 AM on April 2, 2004


I fell for this right up until they mentioned the "Senate Select Committee on Communications Technologies." I know there's no such committee, but even at that point I thought, "Gee, did the Senate add a new select committee recently?" Then they mentioned the fake senator and the Cher thing, and it finally dawned on me what I was hearing.
posted by GreyWingnut at 10:25 AM on April 2, 2004


Wait a minute -- this ZIP Code -- it's portable? Good gag - wish I'd heard it as it aired -- I probably would have fallen for it, despite the impossibility.
posted by davidmsc at 10:34 AM on April 2, 2004


hehe.."Citizens for Retention of All Postal Services."
posted by sklero at 4:49 PM on April 2, 2004


Meh, out of all possible April fools joke subjects, the post office?

But Andrea Seabrook is an Orkut member, so that makes her cool in my book.
posted by PrinceValium at 2:16 AM on April 3, 2004


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