Find a dryer sheet in your mailbox?

Mail carriers have always had to contend with a number of unpredictable factors on the job like inclement weather and overeager dogs, but there’s another obstacle you may not have thought of: pesky insects hiding inside your mailbox.

A viral Reddit post recently called attention to this delivery dilemma and suggested an unlikely solution: dryer sheets.

Chris Strickley, the man behind the Reddit post, has been a letter carrier for almost six years and has caused quite a stir after suggesting that a simple dryer sheet can prevent insects like wasps and yellowjackets from nesting inside mailboxes and causing a world of problems for mail carriers…

“I began to see dryer sheets in people’s mailboxes at the start of spring. At first I was confused but just left them in there. Later on, I noticed my supervisor had a box of them on their desk and would see other carriers taking handfuls out. That’s when I finally asked why they were supplying them to us and found out they are a good deterrent for wasps and yellowjackets. Ever since then, they’re a normal part of my spring and summer,” he said.

Strickley explained that wasps and yellowjackets hate the scent of dryer sheets and said whenever he encounters a problematic mailbox that tends to attract the pests, he’ll pop a sheet inside. He also urged people to leave any sheets in their mailbox if they come across one for the sake of their letter carrier.

My father worked for the Post Office for 35+ years. Anything that helps out USPS workers is OK by me.

“Wokeification” scares the crap out of rightwing nutballs


Alex Brandon/AP

A commander in the US Space Force was removed from his position following comments he made on podcasts promoting his new book that claims that Marxist ideologies are spreading in the US military…

“That wasn’t just prolific in social media, or throughout the country during this past year, but it was spreading throughout the United States military,” he added. “And I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature.”

[Cue the theme from TWILIGHT ZONE]

He also said practices like mandatory diversity and inclusion training, which Republicans have also rejected, create divisiveness in the US, according to Military.com.

So far, it seems that opposing racist and sexist practices are dangerous symptoms of being “woke”. Guess I’ve been “woke” for several decades. I always thought I was standing up for the best advice we ever received from the founders of this nation. And beyond.

Antarctic ice sheet retreat may further accelerate melting


Svein Østerhus

The Antarctic ice sheet was even more unstable in the past than previously thought, and at times possibly came close to collapse, new research suggests.

The findings raise concerns that, in a warmer climate, exposing the land underneath the ice sheet as it retreats will increase rainfall on Antarctica, and this could trigger processes that accelerate further ice loss.

The research is based on climate modelling and data comparisons for the Middle Miocene (13-17 million years ago) when atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperatures reached levels similar to those expected by the end of this century.

RTFA for an explanation of the several processes involved. And, this time, they may not be halted by natural circumstances; but, proceed steadily into further dramatic melting and sea level rise.