Five Fun Facts About the US Postal Service

Check out these five fun facts that we bet you didn't know about the US Postal Service!
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Who thinks that random knowledge is useless? Not us! The US Postal Service is one of the oldest organizations in our country, and it has a ton of interesting history that most people aren’t aware of—until now! In the spirit of that history, we thought we’d share five fun facts about the US Postal Service that may or may not help you out the next time you find yourself at trivia night. Just remember: if you win any prize money, we expect a check for 10% in the mail! Just kidding…kind of.

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1. USPS Has a Facility Dedicated to Deciphering Bad Handwriting

If you get annoyed when you can’t read your doctor’s handwriting, think about how USPS workers must feel on a daily basis! They are constantly plagued by indecipherable hand-written mail, to the point where they established the Remote Encoding Center in Salt Lake City. This facility is a last resort for unreadable mail. In it, roughly 1,000 workers dedicate their days to decoding illegible handwriting using technology and good old-fashioned eyesight.

2. One Route in the United States Still Uses Mules to Deliver Mail

While mules and horses used to be one of the most popular transportation methods USPS used, those days are all but gone now. However, there’s still one mule route that’s going strong! True story. USPS still uses mules to deliver mail to residents of Supai, Arizona, an isolated town at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Supai is obviously a tough place to reach. Other than by mule, the only two other ways to get there are via helicopter and rafting down the Colorado River. The mules’ journey takes about three hours to get down to the town, and then five hours to climb back up. Talk about stamina!

3. Megan Brennan was the First Female Postmaster General

Megan Brennan was the Postal Service’s 74th Postmaster General between 2015 and 2020. When she stepped into the role, she became the first female to ever hold the position. This is a very impressive feat, and USPS compensated her quite well for her hard work. In fact, the position of Postmaster General earns the second-highest salary in the entire US Government, right behind the President of the United States!

4. Letter Carriers Really Do Get Attacked by Dogs

The urban legends are true: dogs do not like the mailman. In fact, USPS reports an estimated average of 6,000 dog attacks on letter carriers each year! While this might seem a bit funny at first, the Postal Service places their employees’ safety as a top priority. In fact, USPS reserves the right to have residents pick up their mail at their local post office if a letter carrier feels unsafe or threatened.

5. USPS Workers Traveled 1.2 Billion Miles in 2021

Each year, Postal Service workers cover billions of miles. In fact, during the fiscal year 2021, postal workers traveled a total of 1.2 BILLION miles to deliver our mail and parcels! That number is equal to 48,191 laps around Earth, 5,023 trips to the moon, or 13 trips to the sun. This is even more impressive when you consider that it’s mostly members of the baby boomer generation delivering mail. Join us in giving all of the hard-working letter carriers a round of applause! Or, you could just smile and say “thank you” the next time you see your local letter carrier.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering: that enormous mailbox in the main photo is a wooden sculpture the town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania rolls out every year during the holidays! Hungry for some more random facts about the US Postal Service? Check out the Postal Service’s blog post entitled Size and Scope.

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