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Acorns to Oaktrees

August 7th, 2006 at 11:27 am

News Notes for Monday

Politics

  • Americans are stupid
  • Did I mention that Americans are stupid?
  • Suck it up
  • An interesting use for nukes:

    In 1959, Arthur Summerfield, Postmaster General of the United States, said, “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.”

    These words of the chief mailman sound ludicrous now, but at the time they made perfect sense. And his words did come true though not in the sense he had imagined. Email does get delivered across oceans within hours (or seconds) and we do have Rocket Mail (as in rocketmail.com).

    On June 8, 1959, the US Post Office joined with the US Navy to conduct a test run of missile mail. The nuclear warhead of a Regulus cruise missile was replaced by post office containers carrying 3000 envelopes. The submarine USS Barbero carried the missile offshore and fired it towards its Florida destination. The test was successful, but cost and other factors pulled the plug on the idea of missile mail.

    From AWAD.

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