What Happened When People Tried To Mail Humans

What Happened When People Tried To Mail Humans

Hu Seng is a man who listens to his heart. And when it told him to climb inside a box
to be delivered to his girlfriend’s work, that is precisely what he did. However, things did not go according to plan. Those transporting the box had no idea he
was inside and had trouble locating the address. Without enough air he passed out during the
delay. Though still a surprise on arrival, it was
not the type he intended. Believe it or not, Mr. Seng is not the strangest
thing to be shipped as we will see in this episode of The Infographics Show, Weirdest
Things People Tried to Send via Mail. Parcel post delivery started in the United
States on January 1st of 1913 and things sent with the service, while unremarkable at first,
have grown increasingly strange ever since. On the first day it began, items that were
shipped included a pitchfork, brooms, carloads of prunes, and a pot of beans. The first parcel to be delivered held apples
for Woodrow Wilson, the then president elect. As it was a new service, it took some time
to understand what exactly was prohibited. Things post-office employees had to reject
included insects, reptiles, poisonous animals, dead animals, firearms, poisons, and raw hides. Unmailable items included a general description
of anything that had a bad odor as well. A live lobster and some shrimp in addition
to a brindle bulldog and a coffin, however, were successfully sent and delivered. As were other unusual items. These included children. The first child to be sent by mail was a ten
and three-quarters pound boy in Ohio who was mailed a few weeks after postal services had
begun. His final destination was his grandmother
approximately one mile away. The cost was 15 cents and his parents prudently
made sure to insure the infant for fifty dollars. Days later, a girl was mailed in Pennsylvania
to relatives for 45-cents. In 1914, May Pierstorff, a five-year-old girl
was sent by post in Idaho. The current weight limit at the time was 50
pounds, and she was luckily in compliance as she measured just under that amount. The cost of sending her between two towns
was 53-cents and she rode in a mail car along with the Railway Post Office clerk. Later in 1914, the Postmaster General decided
to prohibit the transfer of human beings from available services. However, this did not stop a sleeping 14-pound
baby from being delivered a month later or a six-year-old from being sent from Florida
to Virginia the following year. There are also records of two additional children
as well. A rural carrier transported Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Combs’ daughter to her grandmother and a three-year-old was transported back from her
grandparents to her family home. This last trip, which took place within Kentucky,
was investigated by the Cincinnati division Railway Mail Service superintendent. He couldn’t understand why human post was
continuing once rules had been put in place to stop it. Though it took a bit longer than expected,
after 1915, no more child packages were sent. However, two years later, the Postmaster General
had to add another rule to the books. This time, it was a man by the name of W.H. Coltharp who was seemingly abusing postal
services. Coltharp had the brilliant idea of sending
thousands of bricks across more than 400 miles from where they were made in Salt Lake to
where he planned to build a bank in Vernal. He decided to use parcel post instead of wagon
freight and save money. Coltharp wrapped the bricks in 50-lb packages
but mailed them as large one-ton deliveries. While this was cost effective for him it quickly
overwhelmed the post offices on both sides. Ultimately the bricks were delivered and became
the Bank of Vernal, but the experience brought about critical legislation. New rules limited individuals to shipping
200 pounds per day. Further, a statement clarified that buildings
were not an acceptable item to mail. More recently, investigators were curious
what could or could not be sent via USPS in modern times. So they designed an experiment later published
in the Annals of Improbable Research in order to find out. Items to be sent were grouped in categories
as either valuable, sentimental, unwieldy, pointless, or suspicious. A dollar bill in clear plastic and an unwrapped
football were in the valuable category and a can of soup and a lemon were examples of
things labeled as pointless. Overall, 64% of items were successfully delivered
by USPS, including a pair of expensive tennis shoes held together with duct tape, a tooth,
a toy that screamed “Let me out of here! Help! Let me out of here!” rancid cheese, and
a box of dead fish and old seaweed. Now, while these were delivered, this was
not without complaint. The clerk at pick-up informed the recipient
of the shoes that mail needed to be wrapped. The tooth only went through because, although
human remains cannot be mailed, those handling the package assumed it was sentimental and
made an exception as explained with a note. The smelly cheese arrived at its destination
but had at some point been placed in a bag, and the cardboard box with fish and seaweed
resulted in a warning from a postal supervisor that a fine for mail abuse was possible should
such items be sent again. Other things failed to go through, such as
a bottle of water that was consumed by the postal carrier instead. A brick, a can of soup, a hammer, some kitty
litter, and the same “let me out of here! Help!” toy that had been wrapped in concealing
paper also failed to arrive at their final destinations. Then there were items that were flat out refused
by post office representatives at the point of origin. These included a helium balloon, a bald tire,
and a wrapped coconut. The balloon could not be sent because the
transportation of helium is prohibited and the balloon was not correctly packaged. The coconut was refused because a certificate
from the Department of Agriculture would be necessary before it could cross state lines. The bald tire was rejected for reasons currently
unknown. All in all, those who participated in these
experiments were impressed with their rate of success, considering the items involved. And, in the case of those who came into contact
with the fish and seaweed package, investigators sent them a box of chocolate afterwards as
a way to apologize. The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Strange Mail
Contest is another event, that although amusing for many, is likely yet another headache for
post office staff. The goal is to see the craziest item that
can be sent to the Ripley headquarters in Orlando, Florida without any kind of packaging
and with the postage and address placed on the item itself. The winning item in 2014 was a 19-pound tree
trunk with a sticking out horseshoe that cost $30.45 to ship from North Carolina. Other items of note included a prosthetic
arm, a mailbox, a basket of nuts, toilet paper, and a piece of wood. While this is a yearly thing, there are other
strange items that can be sent in the mail as often as you like and that have some therapeutic
value to boot. This is due to the surprisingly lucrative
market for anonymously sending an enemy something annoying, gross, or disappointing in the mail. For example, the Ship Your Enemies Glitter
company sends glitter to some sorry soul that will open the package and thereby cover every
surface, crack and cranny with some sparkle that will likely take years to vanish completely. This service was so popular, mind you, that
its creator found himself begging those using it to stop. Other similarly successful products include
ShitExpress which sends out horse poop worldwide and Mayobymail with mayo-filled letters and
a note saying “My hate for mayonnaise is only matched by my hate for you.” There is even the Ship a Bag of Dicks company
that sends out bags of questionably-shaped candy with the option of adding glitter to
the package for some extra offense. Last but not least, Bird By Mail will send
a piece of paper with a printed middle finger and Ship Your Friends Nothing provides an
envelope or box that contains literally nothing at all. All of these are ways that people can send
a certain something to individuals they hate or harbor strong negative feelings for, and
the post office will help them achieve these acts of petty, yet satisfying spite. There are options for those who prefer a more
positive approach as well. These individuals can pay a fee to ship a
potato, or potato parcel, in the mail to a destination of choice. Now, this is not a normal potato, but a veggie
with a note such as “I yam so happy we’re best spuds” for one buddy from another. Potato Pals with a photo of someone’s face
on a potato’s surface are also an option. The 28-year-old founder of the business appeared
on Shark Tank in 2016 and makes a six-figure income off the spuds. Of course, while all of this is fun and games,
there are some less playful intentions among those sending strange packages via the mail. Inmate Derick LeCompte, for example, tried
to send what he claimed was a vial of his seminal fluid along with a sock shaped as
an intimate toy and a naughty note from his cell to a certain individual. Of course, this was searched as per prison
policy, and resulted in charges and disciplinary procedures. Upon appealing an unfavorable decision in
which he complained about the consequences, he came out a loser yet again. The judges found themselves saying what they
likely assumed went without needing to be said: that the Department of Corrections mail
system was not intended for inmates to send out their bodily fluids or sexual objects
to others. The mail system seems to be used quite frequently
by those hoping to send drugs as well. Police are searching for a man who tried to
mail $10,000 worth of marijuana in boxes of poorly repackaged cereal. Another was caught sending nine pounds of
pot he claimed were magazines. However, neither of these are comparable to
Curran Millican of Oregon state who attempted to ship as many as 143 pounds of pot across
state lines in large styrofoam rocks. Impressively, Millican’s rocks may have
worked if not for their overpowering smell. However, he won’t have the opportunity to
improve his plan anytime soon; charged with felony possession with intent to distribute
he faces up to 20 years in jail. Meth has been sent under letter labels and
heroin has been found in a care package with m&ms. Methamphetamine traffickers have shipped Aztec
statues and calendars as a way to conceal their drugs. No small issue, legislation hoping to make
fentanyl and other drugs harder to come by is currently targeting Postal Service operations. However, with 1.3 million packages arriving
each day from overseas shipments alone, this is no small task. Mail services are a wonderful thing that allow
us to interact and do business with others both across the country and around the world. However, it does have its limits. While it is harmless enough to send a tooth
or a tree trunk or a toilet paper roll, sending other things such as children, buildings,
or yourself, as Hu Seng would agree, are not the best ideas. The world is full of weird people and weird
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  1. My teacher claimed that my shirt showed too much shoulder and I needed to cover it up. So I mailed her ShitExpress Glitter and the shirt. I got her adress from a magazine in the class. I failed that class

  2. They had to create a rule to say you couldn’t mail people.


  3. 3:13 wiat, whats the difference between this and the international free trade agreements of today, we ship around things pointlessly all the time

  4. Every time somebody mails me a box it always has one of my relatives heads in it and says “your dead” all I did was not pay

  5. So wait, were all of these kids mailed in boxes?? Or was it more like a cab situation where they just sat in the back?

  6. Me: Where do babies come from.
    Parents: The United States postal service.
    Me: But we live in Canada???

  7. I thought they were going to say something about when box brown shipped himself to Pennsylvania and gained his freedom but nvm 🤷🏾‍♀️

  8. idont know about murica, but the post office over here in germany do not check whats inside the box, it would be a huge unforgiveable violence of privacy. Unless it comes from outside of europe D;

  9. Back when the states slaved black ppl there was a man I dnt remember who or were but he mailed himself to freeedom (to Canada) I learned dis on a black History trip

  10. I don't know why but I couldn't help cracking up at that woman looking at her package in disgust while saying the word "Nothing."

  11. in Indonesia you cannot mailed a knife, but if you labeled it "a piece of steel", they will accept it . . . . weird huh?

  12. I once asked the mailman what was the craziest package he has gotten, he said “a bear that has been disassembled and frozen with blood leaking out of the box “

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