From May 12, 1939 to June 30, 1949, a fleet of Stinson Reliants
were used for a unique form of mail pick-up and delivery: skyhooking
. Similar in notion to the mail-on-the-fly
and mail cranes
used along rail lines, the Reliants would fly low, deposit one load of mail and pick up the next
, without stopping, providing mail service to rural communities. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum has a 39 minute documentary presentation on YouTube
, but it's a guy talking over powerpoint slides, which is pretty dry. Instead, here is a modern news report with interviews of a skyhook pilot
and old newsreel footage.
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 19, 2011 -
How depressing is your job?
The Office of Applied Studies, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, released a report ranking various occupations in order of the number of depressive episodes experienced by workers. "Personal Care & Service" occupations (defined by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics here
) top the list. One wonders if these are the occupations contributing to the growth of the so-called "service economy," and if so, are we heading for a deepening national malaise?
posted by univac
on Oct 13, 2007 -
Another US postal worker shoots and kills work mates (ex workmates in this case.) As ever Wiki tells all.
USPO works to eradicate
the usage, but no chance
. Now so much part of the culture you can game
posted by A189Nut
on Jan 31, 2006 -
"In the game
, the player plays the role of a character called The Postal Dude. He lives in a town where there are all kinds of people, white, black, skinny, fat, straight and gay. You can play the game in a passive role without killing anyone," Desi said.
"We are not political," he added.
posted by donkeyschlong
on Jan 23, 2003 -
So that's why the economy is so bad.
The USPS is looking for $65 million dollars worth of white mail postal tubs. If you work in an office or deal with a mailroom, you know exactly what I'm talking about. The penalty for not coughing them up? 3 years imprisonment and a $1000 fine. (I read it on the side of one of the boxes I have by my desk).
posted by gwong
on Dec 10, 2002 -
By testing the limits
of what the USPS will actually deliver, scientists at the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) have answered an age-old question: "How patient is the US Postal Service when it comes to unwrapped packages?" (via Useless Pages
posted by samsara
on Mar 16, 2001 -
Had this idea
about a year ago over beer, when netthings were a-cookin', fleshed it out with some geek-comrades, pitched it under an NDA to a VC, got the green light, and then chickened out and went back to the day job. Once you really thought it through and calculated the wired populace as a percentage of the unwired, we figured, the idea was fabulous, a service to The People and
a MoneyMaker. Now someone else
seems to have had the same idea, more or less. I wish them luck. If it takes off, I'm gonna feel mighty dumb, and if it tanks, mighty lucky.
Now I can finally ask the MeFi jury...Silly thing or smart?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Jan 31, 2001 -