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...Photo thelocal.de
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.Photo digitaltrends.com
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?Photo thestar.com.my
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.
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.
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.
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.
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
Do you happen to get hungry? That is great as we go on with our story about the most popular street food from around the world. It’s freshly cooked - fall to, you guys! Let's start with the South Asian countries, namely Singapore - seafood-rich in vitamins and minerals occupy a key place in the diet of residents ...
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
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.
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. OUTLOOK, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.
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,...
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.
When touring this small-sized but very exciting country through the length and breadth, our OUTLOOK 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!
Second part of the saying “Repair your cart in December, in July your sledge remember” is hardly topical for inhabitants of one of Portugal regions. Why wait for snow if they slide perfectly on asphalt. It is this as well as other kinds of transport – from low-cost public to exclusive and luxury– that we are going to tell you about today.
The best way to escape reality and relieve stress is a cinema trip. For traditional reasons one of must-do conditions of such pastime is popcorn chewing. Title sequence and opening credits appear on the dark screen; some people have cozily settled in soft chairs and stay in entranced anticipation of a new film.
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.
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.
All too often when bulbs in our apartments get burned out, we throw them away without a second thought: what’s the use of it now? But add a dab of imagination – and “properly made” hands can work miracles. If you have a child, then a burned out illumination tool may turn into a wonderful handmade toy...
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.