Riddle #7 – Which Two Words?

Which two words,

added together,

contain the most letters?


And while you’re here, check out these 10 facts about Post Offices…

Ancient Beginnings: The concept of the postal system dates back to ancient civilizations. The Persian Empire had a system called the “Angarium” which employed mounted couriers, and the ancient Chinese had their own postal courier system as well.

Pony Express: In the 19th century, the Pony Express was established in the U.S. to deliver mail between Missouri and California in under 10 days. This service was remarkably fast for its time, but it only lasted about 18 months due to the emergence of the telegraph system.

Universal Postal Union (UPU): Founded in 1874, the UPU is a specialized agency of the United Nations that coordinates postal policies among member nations and ensures international mail exchange.

Zip Code: In 1963, the U.S. introduced the ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) Code system to simplify and expedite mail sorting and delivery. The five-digit ZIP code indicates regional destinations.

World’s Oldest Post Office: The oldest post office in continuous operation is in Sanquhar, Scotland. It has been operating since 1712.

Mail Delivery Beyond Earth: In 1969, the U.S. post office (now USPS) issued the first “moon mail.” Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden postmarked a small die onboard the command module while in lunar orbit in 1971.

Airmail Service: The world’s first official airmail service began in 1911 in Allahabad, India. The mail was carried by an aircraft from Allahabad to Naini, covering a distance of about 10 km.

Letter Boxes: The concept of wall-mounted letter boxes or mailboxes, where recipients could receive mail at their homes, began in the 19th century. The first public mailboxes (for sending mail) were introduced in the late 1850s.

Largest Postal Network: As of my last update in September 2021, India boasts the world’s largest postal network, with over 150,000 post offices, with the majority of them located in rural areas.

Mobile Post Offices: Various countries, particularly those with vast rural areas, have employed mobile post offices. These are usually vans equipped like a small post office and travel to areas that don’t have a permanent post office structure. They offer services on specific days and times, much like a mobile library.

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