1 November 2006

Snail mail

I ordered a book online. It was dispatched from Dallas, TX, zip code 75199, on October 10th. It arrived a few minutes ago.

According to Google Maps, it traveled approximately 225 miles. It took 20 days to do so. That means it moved at an average speed of just under 0.5 mph.

A human can walk around 20 miles per day. So it would literally have been faster for me to walk to Dallas, buy the book, and walk back, resting in hotels along the way as necessary.

On a related note, we’ve shipped our Christmas gifts to the UK, so they should actually get there in time, and we didn’t have to pay a small fortune.

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