1. The longest postal delay
In 2008 a guest house owner in Dorset named Janet Barrett received a letter from 1919!
The mystified hotelier read:
Many thanks for the invitation, be delighted. See you on the 26th December.
It was delivered in a plastic bag, affixed with a note from the Royal Mail, who apologized for the 89 year delay. Although the service also apologized for any damage to the letter, there was no explanation given for its record breaking tardiness.
2. The oldest newspaper delivery person
Beryl Walker, who was born on 15th April 1925 in the UK, still makes her paper rounds as of 27 March 2014. At the ripe old age of 88 years, 346 days, she still delivers newspapers six days a week in her local area. The Gloucestershire woman has no plans of retiring any time soon.
3. Record breaking amount of letters sent to Santa... and he replied!
The Canada Post received over a million letters and nearly 50,000 emails addressed to Santa in 2006. Rather than see these letters go unanswered, the Canadian postal service rounded up 11,000 volunteers to write replies. In 11 different languages, including Braille, the volunteers crafted individual replies to each letter, keeping the kids of Canada very happy.
Since Canada's postal service began answering letters to the world's favourite Christmas character over 30 years ago, over 15 million letters have been responded to. DKB same day courier service is suitably impressed!
4. The world's longest pizza delivery
Fancy ordering a pizza from the other side of the world? On November 19, 2004, someone did just that. Lucy Clough of Domino's pizza, perhaps the most committed member of staff the fast food industry has ever seen, travelled over 10,000 miles from London to Melbourne, Australia to deliver a pizza and break the Guinness World Record for the longest pizza delivery.
5. Largest pizza delivery
DHL must have got the shock of their lives when receiving a courier request from Pizzas 4 Patriots, a USA organization. They requested a delivery of 30,000 pizzas from the US to the Kandahar Airfield, Bagram Airbase and Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, where US troops were stationed, to arrive on 4th July 2012.
Great Kitchens Inc in Illinois were drafted in to create the 12 inch pizzas and had them ready for the delivery to begin on 21 June 2012.
Once they touched down in Afghanistan, many pizzas still had miles and miles to travel. Transported by same day courier to various areas of Afghanistan and Kuwait by the US Armed Forces, all of them managed to get to the soldiers in time for Independence Day. Said Pizzas 4 Patriots, 'we just wanted them to have a slice of home'.