Two nice stories about junk mail…
According to the Daily Record [Link removed in May 2012 as the story is no longer available on the newspaper's website - JB] the husband of a foster mum in Scotland almost binned an MBE letter from Tony Blair, thinking it was junk. The husband was going through a pile of letters and scrunched the Tony's letter, telling his wife it was
The envelope did say the letter was
personal and urgent and
from the Prime Minister but apparently the husband thought of it as just another trick to get you to open unwanted mail. The wife has now been made an MBE for taking in more than 100 foster children over the past 30 years.
And according to Newsday.com [Another link I had to remove because the article is no longer available - JB] a man in the States was able to return a wedding ring that had gone missing four decades ago, thanks to the inability of marketeers to stop sending junk to people who have moved or deceased.
The ring was found between the floorboards and had the inscription
Kitty to Johnny - 3/31/51. Previous attempts to find the owner of the ring had failed, but recently a piece of junk mail addressed to Kitty Zenkus arrived. An internet search quickly led the finder to Zenkus, who confirmed she and her family moved out of the house 30 years ago. The ring had allegedly been hidden by the couple's toddler during the early years of their marriage.