The US post office turns children’s letters to Santa into a giant gift registry that allows citizens to fulfill children’s Christmas wishes.
The USPS mistook a Las Vegas replica for the real Statue of Liberty when creating the Lady Liberty “forever” stamp in 2010, resulting in a $3.5m payout to the replica’s sculptor for violating his copyright.
The American Rock Band ‘The Postal Service’ was sent a cease and desist letter by the United States Postal Service for trademark infringement of their name. After negotiations, the USPS allowed the band to use their name in exchange for playing a free show at their national conference.
USPS launched a site that allows you to adopt wish lists/letters to Santa from low-income children.
The United States Postal Service has about 1,700 employees in Utah who read anything that the automated systems can’t read like illegible addresses. About 5 million pieces of mail are read at this location daily. Seasoned employees generally average about 1,600 addresses read per hour.
USPS Mail Delivery Vehicles are 25-30 years old and use engines designed in the 1970’s that get 10 MPG.
According to the USPS, if you ever receive unsolicited merchandise in the mail it is yours to freely keep. It is also considered a rare instance where “finders, keepers” applies unconditionally.
When famed jeweler Harry Winston donated the 45 carat Hope Diamond, valued at $200 to $250 million USD, to the Smithsonian, he simply shipped it via the US Postal Service in a box wrapped in brown paper.
In 1959 the USPS attempted to deliver mail via cruise missile and successfully shipped 3,000 pieces of mail from Virginia to Florida in 22 minutes.