Look at that face! Who wouldn't want to send a million letters using that stamp??
The U.S. Post Office has released a new stamp honoring Owney the dog, who was America's roaming dog back in the 1880s.
The story of Owney originates in upstate New York when a terrier mix was seen riding in the postal wagon of a mail delivery train. He rode along the U.S. railroad tracks giving luck to workers, who had dangerous jobs on train tracks that caused more than 2,000 injuries and 80 deaths.
Nancy Pope, historian and curator at the National Postal Museum spoke about the stamp:
"It’s been in the works for a long, long, long time. People would ask, 'Shouldn’t there be a stamp with Owney on it,' so it’s been one of those things that people bring up on a regular basis."
And looks like the Post Office gave in to their demands. And it's about time! This stamp is just too cute to not use!
[Image via National Postal Museum.]
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They've been warning us for years that it could happen.
The Postmaster General is using the debt talks in government to push the idea of doing away with Saturday delivery, and this time he thinks it'll stick. And it needs to — it'll save the Post Office $3.1 billion a year.
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Looks like it will be a happy ending for the poor puppy who was almost killed when a Minneapolis woman attempted to mail him in a box to her son in Atlanta.
The 5-month-old schnauzer-poodle mix, now named Guess, will be up for adoption this Friday!
Anyone interested in adopting this adorable pup must be at the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control shelter where a drawing will be held.
Since Guess has gotten plenty of attention from the media, don't be late because the shelter is expecting a line.
Shelter officials say hundreds of people from across the U.S. and the world have already asked to adopt Guess.
Only one lucky family can take home guess, but hopefully this issue will encourage other people to consider adoption.
There are plenty of other animals out there just like Guess who need a home too!
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Your newspaper, that is.
The Post Office is abiding by a new rule as of this week, stating that if a flat piece of mail longer than 10 inches "droops" too much, it will cost the sender more to send in bulk. This law mostly pertains to magazine and newspaper companies that have taken to sending their materials through the Post Office rather than having their own delivery team.
The rule was put into to place since such "droopy" mail can't be sorted through the automated flat sorter, and thus, someone must do it by hand. Hands cost more than machines, as you might know, and we wouldn't want the Post Office having to pay another set of hands now would we?
Due to the changes, every newspaper being sent through the postal service is undergoing a "droop test" (LOLS) to determine if they fit in the machine. If they do, great. If not, FAIL, which means paying more money for shipping.
Not such good news for your local paps! Maybe they'll have to bring back Newsies to deliver'em!
P.S. - OMG! Yes, do that!
[Image via WENN.]
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