Sunday, February 10, 2013

U.S. Postal Service funnies

The U.S. Postal Service is a joke. To humor writers, at least.
The financially struggling organization has lost its relevance with the rise of the Internet. Last week, it announced plans to stop Saturday mail deliveries to save money.
Comedians, cartoonists and other funny people took the occasion to mock the independent government agency.
Investor’s Business Daily political cartoonist Michael Ramirez portrayed the USPS as a dinosaur in a Feb. 8 comic.
Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey mocked the postal service’s “forever stamps” as “non-forever stamps” given the many post office closings.
Humor website The Onion piled on with a bunch of articles, including a list of measures the Post Office is taking to balance its budget (“Now accepting pipe bombs and anthrax for regular delivery”). The Onion also did its regular man-on-the-street interview piece on the subject.
On Feb. 6, it ran a satire article titled, “Postal Service: ‘And Wait Until You Cocksuckers See What We Do With Wednesdays.’”
College Humor tweeted, “Gonna be hard to tell my kids that mail once came on Saturdays, what with also having to explain concepts like mail, literacy, the US govt.”
But making fun of the Post Office is nothing new. Here are some gems from 2011 and 2012.

The Post Office Is Getting Desperate (College Humor; Feb. 12, 2012)

The U.S. Postal Service Has a Hip and Cool Ad (Conan; Sept. 8, 2011)

10 Stamps We’d Like To See Before The Postal Service Closes (Huffington Post; Sept. 15, 2011)

Colbert unveils ‘Farewell to Postage’ stamp (Federal Times; Sept. 16, 2011)

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