In already distant year 1920 authorities of the United States adopted a surprising regulation: prohibition to.... send children by mail. Such a decision may seem weird in 21st century however almost a hundred years ago it was treated with understanding which means that there were caring parents who did send their kids in packages... We talk about amusing accidents that occur in work of post services.
You still remember American prohibition to send children, don't you? As we've mentioned, there were reasons for introduction of such a law and it is very much possible that one of "final straws" was the following case. In January 1913 married couple of Beauges from Ohio State sent "precious cargo" to their relatives using Rural Free Delivery services. Husband and wife paid merely 15 cents for the consignment and they ensured their package for as much as 50 dollars – that was the price tag they’d put on their son's life as it turned out that sending him via mail was much cheaper than purchasing him a ticket for public means of transportation...
In Europe they also break laws when using mail. In seemingly right-minded and civiklized Germany one of employees of Deutsche Post was "caught red-handed ". German police found over 38 thousand letters at his apartment, at that many of them weren't even unsealed. They later figured out that the man was stealing somebody else's mail and his actions by estimate caused damage in the amount of several hundred thousand euro. Young man never explained why he needed so many "envelopes".
A Canadian postwoman from the city of Dartmouth did a differently-weird thing. For several weeks she was bringing neither letters, nor newspapers to Kevin Keating. The man couldn't figure out what was going on until he finally received a whole bunch of his envelopes and correspondence with a sticker that had only two words on it "Spider webs". Having checked his mail box he didn't find any extraordinary "constructions" and got angry so he called local post office. Upon hearing his angry speech out representative of the company explained that every postman was to treat own security carefully however she admitted that web was not a reason not to fulfill duties.
Kevin must have overreacted, because he wasn't getting mail for merely a couple of weeks while in the United Kingdom in 2008 an event of almost historic scale took place. A post card in an envelope of the Royal Mail with a modest "our apologies" note attached to it found its addressee after all. And it might seem normal, but what would Keating from Canada have said (and would he have talked at all?) if he had been delivered his message with such a delay - a one sent in 1929?
In summer of 2013 Ukrainian officers of law had troubles finding a live package that had a human being in it and more to that - a criminal. Ultimately, thank to a successful plan, a group of three outlaws was arrested. Two partners in crime packed the third one of them into a consignment for him to rob mail delivery car - the man got out of package during transportation to ransack envelopes in search of money and valuables. The story remains silent on the matter of how he managed to get out of the car afterwards but the fact remains: in merely three "journeys" of such kind the gang stole about 15 thousand dollars.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning, whether you need some vegetables, or even some extra litres of water!
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
When skeptics say that the greatest things have already been built by humanity, pointing at various and really outstanding works of engineering thought, they are most often poorly informed and hardly look beyond developed Western countries. In the meanwhile, for example, in China, the state raises simply unheard of infrastructure projects. We are going to tell today about one of them - the impressive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
For sailors to round Cape Horn situated in the very South of Argentina is a success that equals to Everest ascent for alpinists. Rush under sails around “sailor’s graveyard” defying gigantesque waves and hurricane wind turned out a success for the first time on January, 29, 1616.
Profession of a chimney-sweep has recently entered the list of the most rear occupations in the world. And as far back as some hundred years ago almost every European citizen was able to tell a lot of interesting things about these guys doomed to be covered in smear. We didn’t invent a time machine but we managed to get some facts about representatives of this vanishing trade.
We have already told you about most amazing amusement parks in terms of dimensions and breathtaking rides. Now turn has come to talk about the most unusual places to spend exciting time in. Outlook warns: adrenaline level rises not just because of crazy roller coasters and centrifuges.
We keep telling our readers about the most iconic photographs. The next step is another collection of shots which now would gain some hundreds of likes in Instagram, and if story of their creation were widely known, they would be liked thousands of times.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
Indignation due to prohibition to show at working place wearing jeans is the last thing that bothers employees of one of firms in the USA who have to perform opera singing warm-ups every three hours… And how about wearing office footwear in the shape of Dutch wooden clogs like working people in Taiwan do? Outlook came up with a selection of weird corporate rules.
What do Ukrainian philosopher Gregory Skovoroda, Russian multimillionaire German Sterlingov and British journalist Judy Jones have in common? Each of them in a certain moment of their lives decided that career was far from being the most important thing in life and traded blessings of civilization for closeness to nature by becoming downshifters.
For better or worse, travelling to distant planets and stars exists only on the pages of science fiction and in Hollywood film industry. Although the possibility of space tourism crept close, yet, Jupiter and Saturn are still way not close. Nevertheless, from long ago there are special objects that seem to shrink the universe making it accessible. We are talking about planetariums and observatories.
It seems that Movers and Shakers of our world cannot fall ill with such typical for mere mortal diseases like rash or gastric ulcer. They gravitate to mental disorders which apparently affected their genius. OUTLOOK had a good dig into the history of physical illness tortured Empress Catherine, great mind Voltaire, writer Swift and other famous personalities.
Last year my friend's parents took his younger brother and headed to California, to the very famous Disneyland. The kid was, surely, very lucky - one can only dream of getting to the world of favorite animation at the age of 8. But what to do if you have alredy been to the world of Walt Disney?
A few centuries ago sea transport was not just the most popular, but the only way to get from point A to point B. However, as you know, force majeure occur on any roads, even on water routs, and through a long history of mankind many ships did not manage to reach their destination ports and ended underwater. Nevertheless, the relative "reservation" allows wreck vessels to live a second life as a museum.
OUTLOOK is back from working trip to Israel. When touring this small-sized but very exciting country through the length and breadth, our team selected unusual facts about it. We bet you did not know that familiar to us "at" sign @ in the Hebrew is called "strudel"? It is. Keep on reading and we'll tell you more interesting things most of which you have never suspected!