You’ve got mail.
On June 8, 1959, the United States Post Office conducted an experiment that it thought would revolutionize the mail delivery industry… Missile Mail! At the post office’s behest, the US Navy removed the nuclear warhead (!!!) off a Regulus cruise missile and replaced it with several parcels of mail… then fired it from a submarine to a Naval air station in Florida. The debut of Missile Mail was a success!
“Before man reaches the moon, mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to Britain, to India or Australia by guided missiles. We stand on the threshold of rocket mail.”
-Arthur E. Summerfield
U.S. Postmaster General (1953-1961)
Well, that didn’t happen…. largely because the Defense Department wasn’t too fond of using its missiles for mundane jobs like delivering the mail and never attempted the experiment again. Plus, airplanes were already beginning to be regularly used to transport mail quickly between large distances. But to think that in an alternate universe, we could have had all that junk mail that shows up at our homes each day come via rocket!
The North Pole is still interested in the technology…
And now here comes a blockbuster bomb containing this week’s Share Your World questions from Di!
Good thing we still have carrier pigeon mail.
Do you like to sunbathe on the beach or by a pool?
I’m a night shift worker whose doctor once told me, and I quote, “You have the Vitamin D level of a cadaver!” I don’t do any kind of sunbathing, or get much sun at all.
Ody and the late Biskit were more open to sun exposure.
Have you ever used a fake tan or a sun bed?
Eye lasers set to Extra Crispy.
Have you joined or wanted to join a gym?
No, I get plenty of exercise working my job… and occasional walks (spoiler alert!) during my time off are enough to keep me from looking morbidly obese. I hated weight training in P.E. class and will just stay away from the gyms, thank you…
Gee, if only there was someone else at this gym to work out with me….
Good health permitting, would you prefer to go hiking or take a walk in the woods?
Walking around the neighborhood is good enough for me. Most of what would qualify as “woods” around here aren’t places you’d really want to be at any time of the day, and hiking is best done on concrete sidewalks…
Even the squirrels prefer urban hiking.
Gratitude Retro Comic:
One of my old characters who was serious about sunbathing….