I haven't had a File-Diving Adventure in quite a while. I just discovered my folder full of stuff from my journalism days in high school. Our monthly school newspaper was called the Forkaster. Journalism was a really fun class. I loved it. Anyway, I had a column called "What in the World?" It was just weird news stories. Here was one month's column:
What in the World?
The great thing about writing this column is that the world never stops being weird. The Associated Press has reported that since the anthrax attacks in 2001, the United States Postal Service has had over 20,000 "powder" scares. In twenty-thousand different instances people have had various substances leaking out of packages or envelopes, and they have mistaken it for a harmful powder such as anthrax. This is to be expected after the exaggerated threat was spread all around the media.
People were starting to open their mail with gloves, or having their dogs sniff the mail before they opened it. It got a little out of hand.
A few of the powder scares involved wedding invitations. How could wedding invitations give anyone an anthrax scare? Well, supposedly there was a couple having their wedding ceremony on the beach, and they thought it would be really cool if they sent their invitations with sand in the envelopes. I'm sure they had a few startled relatives that decided to forgo the wedding gift. That's just sad. You'd think someone would have enough sense to realize that putting sand in the envelopes wasn't a good idea.