Wednesday, January 9, 2008

70 Pound Challenge

I was lying in bed a few nights ago, trying to decompress from the stress of the day so I could go to sleep. Random, strange thoughts coming in and out of my head. And this was one. Flat rate USPS boxes. They have a 70 pound weight limit. Basically, they are a rather smallish box that for one flat rate, you can ship. Up to 70 pounds (domestically). So, I was thinking, WHAT could you ship that would weigh 70 pounds and still actually fit IN the flat rate mailer.

My challenge to you is to see who can come up with the highest weight possible that will still fit in the box. And note, the post office will not let you ship a box that is not closed in the regular, ol' correct way (ie. you can't tape the flaps together over a bulge of something that just doesn't quite fit but almost does with lots and lots of tape). Ha, I just noticed they say that.

• Flat Rate Boxes can be used for both domestic and international shipping:

• The inside dimensions for the two boxes available are 11" x 8.5" x 5.5" and 13.625" x 11.875" x 3.375". The two boxes are different shapes to accomodate a variety of contents.
• The contents of the flat rate box must be neatly contained inside the box with adhesive packaging tape.
• The box must close securely and retain its shape when taped with adhesive.
• The shape of the box may not be changed or enlarged to fit its contents.


Rocketstar said...

Wouldn't the best thing to use be sand, a bag of sand?

The Duck said...

Sand wouldn't weigh enough for that small of a box, would it? I vote for a box full of lead fishing weights.

angel, jr. said...

Hmmm...I'm going to have to think about this. Maybe what the Duck said--fishing weights. I'll get back to you.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I will accept fishing weights. LOL But plain ol' weight is a pretty uncreative thing to ship.

The lady at the post office mentioned auto parts to me. There sure are some small but heavy auto parts out there but still, I don't know if you could get up to 70 pounds with something that would FIT in the box.

Rocketstar said...

You are correct, fishing weights due to the lead would be better, but sand is free ;o)

cher said...

i think if you ground up like say, a weightlifters leg in a blender, it just might fit and weigh 70 lbs.

Travis Erwin said...

I work at the post office so it is cheating for me to chime in, but gold is the heaviest thing we ship. There is a copper refinery where I live and one of their by products is gold.

Several times a year we ship several thousnd pounds for them but not in priority boxes.

Design Goddess said...

I don't know if they'd reach the 70lb limit, but M&M's would be a pretty tasty treat to get in the mail!

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