Lost — 4 Comments

  1. Coming from a country that has had nation-wide post codes (ZIP codes) for over half a century I can't imagine not having them. It's probably due to the US being so damn big the poor postal carriers kept getting lost? I mean there's 50 towns named "Newport" in the US alone. No wonder the mail got lost.

    • I have memories from my single digit days seeing ZIP codes mentioned on the backs of comics.  They were on application forms to buy BB guns, which I thought very cruel as it was U.S. only.  I really wanted one.

      • Cruel indeed. My father gave me an old 1940's Daisy BB gun that was very legal in the 1970's as it could punch out the half inch think glass of a stadium light at a distance of 10 to 12 feet. Imagine what it could do to kid at that distance or less.

        It was a pump action with a really long barrel that I had to stick the butt on the ground and use both hands to pull the pump down to cock it (pressurize the air chamber). And I was a young-ish teenager at the time. Probably best that it eventually stopped working and was lost over time as I have a neighbor I would be more than tempted to use it on.

  2. We have had postcodes for years and years of course and they are a pain in the arse. Because they indicate only the Post Office sorting office areas they don't follow county boundaries, boroughs, regions or even well known geographical areas. So I live in county X but my postcode relates to a town in county Y while my mate lives in county Y but has a postcode indicating he lives in a town in county X.

    Before the days of satnavs it created chaos for parcel deliveries or visitors and even now it causes difficulty because people who are firmly part of one community have postcodes relating to another. The police and ambulance service still haven't sorted out who covers what bits, utility companies keep denying responsibility for leaks/power cuts because the postcode indicates a town outside 'their' area and many people have to always explain where they live because the postcode is contradictory.

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