You wouldn’t believe some of the strange things that get sent in the mail, says David Moye, writing in the Huffington Post. In fact, Moye explains, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not runs an annual Strange Mail Contest.
The 2014 contest winner, for example, was a 19-pound tree trunk with a horseshoe embedded in it. Ripley vice president of exhibits and archives Edward Meyer chose the entry not only for its size and weight, but also because of its uniqueness. Runners-up included a prosthetic arm, an animal skull, a mailbox, and a roll of toilet paper.
Mental Floss Magazine’s latest issue lists “14 Unusual Items You Can Get at Libraries”, including:
- umbrellas (Cornell U. Library offers umbrellas than can be borrowed)
- American Girl dolls (the Arlington Public Library has eight dolls available to borrowers)
- Surfboards (Inverloch Library in Australia)
- art for your office (Aurora Library in Illinois) has 30 sculptures available to borrow for up to 8 weeks)
- knitting needles (Morse Institute Library in Natick, Mass.)
- puppies (Yale Law Library)
While all these things are available for temporary use, for us blog content writers, the real and “permanent” takeaway, I believe, is that strange and unusual tidbits tend to engage readers’ curiosity and interest. If we open our minds to it, I’m convinced, we can make very good use of on-the-surface-useless information. The whole idea is to provide information most readers wouldn’t be likely to know, and then tie the tidbit to our own topic.
What are some of the strangest things you’ve encountered in your business or practice?