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What is the most unusual thing that you have received or sent through the mail?

Asked by Nimis (13199points) September 18th, 2008

For instance, off the top of my head:
I once received a saran-wrapped plant. No box.
My friend once sent himself his own (left) shoe—successfully.
He just wrote his address, stuck some postage on it and threw it into the mailbox.

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augustlan's avatar

AstroChuck look away! Years and years ago, a small amount of an illegal substance (the kind pete would like) that a visitor had left behind. I was terrified, and would NEVER do that again!

Harp's avatar

I once mail ordered a live African Clawed Frog

gailcalled's avatar

My sister got a dozen baby chicks – you could here them cheeping thru the packaging.

I have a friend who received mail-order snakes.

Divalicious's avatar

I used to work at UPS and saw the strangest things shipped! It was always fun to peer into the air holes of a package and find an eye looking back at you. I saw crickets, lizards, frogs, bees (one bee box broke open.. gee, they were pissed!) A lot of biohazardous material gets shipped through there, too.

I don’t wish to say what my own personal packages contained, but they were of a deviant nature.. heh heh heh.

Mitsu_Neko's avatar

i think strangest I ever got was my uncle mailed me a frozen goldfish in ice. Oddly it was still alive when it was thawed out

deaddolly's avatar

a bright blue, glow-in-the-dark dildo.

Well, you asked.

allengreen's avatar

soiled panties—not mine

EmpressPixie's avatar

I sent a tampon to a friend. Over on That Other Site someone asked us to list the contents of my purse. In doing so I discovered that the emergency tampon had attacked the stamps and ended up with postage. So I did what any mature, adult person would do: scribbled a friend’s mailing address on it and mailed that baby!

deaddolly's avatar

there’s a dominatrix friend of mine with quite the following. She sends used tampons, soiled panties, nail clippings etc. out to the highest bidders. And there are bidders.

Whatever it takes…

Comedian's avatar

I have a bearded dragon, and I ordered 500 crickets. I knew that they would be live, but I thought that they would be in a bag. Let’s just say I had an interesting night

gailcalled's avatar

My bro-in-law, hoping to make his wife happy, ordered 1000 earthworms (thru the mail).
When they arrived, my b-i-l hand-placed each worm on top of the newly excavated, fertilized, enriched and large garden.

Shortly thereafter, the birds ate all 1000 worms.

Today at out little post office was a sign that said: “Found; two goats. Call 392–5555.”
And at the Country Store; “Fishermen? Attractive worms for sale. Pick your own.”

KatawaGrey's avatar

One year for my birthday, my grandmother sent me a turtle in a can. My mom freaked out because she thought my grandmother had sent me illegal food products. It turned out to be a tiny stuffed animal in a can. My mother once got a tiny urn full of jellybeans from the car dealership she bought her honda from.

Nimis's avatar

Aug: Oh man…that would definitely stress me out.
Harp: Not all the way from Africa I hope? Long trip for a little guy!
Gail: Awww…did the entire dozen arrive intact? Shipping chicks makes me think of this.
Diva: Has there ever been a package where you couldn’t discern what it was?
Mitsu: There’s been a lot more live packages than I thought!
But I think yours may win the cake! Frozen?! It’s like low-budg cryogenics.
Dead: Hahaha…I love that your reply inspired so many erm….related replies.
Though, come to think of it, a glow-in-the-dark model makes a lot of sense!
Allen: Were they…oh, nevermind.
Emp: That’s brilliant! (As a fellow mature, adult person…I totally agree.)
Dead: So many odd fetishes! However unhygienic, at least those are overtly sexual.
While looking around Ebay, I found out that some people really love their well worn socks.
Com: Haha…I would have said that was a fair assumption. Was it like camping?
Gail: A worm smorgasbord! I kind of would have loved to see a picture of that!
Kata: The car dealership sent your mom an urn?

KatawaGrey's avatar

Yes, a tiny blue ceramic urn with the name of the car dealership on it.

syz's avatar

I have mailed civet poop from the east coast to the west.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I would have to say waxed paper.

I was like, “mom, i know it’s my first apartment, but they actually sell waxed paper at the grocery store here too…i know it’s a shock…”

tupara's avatar

A whole freshly baked dope cake (from my mother).

Mitsu_Neko's avatar

nimis….the oodd part was they lived after I thawed them…...

Nimis's avatar

Kata: Ermm….did the dealership also sell hearses?
Syz: Civet poop? (I had to look up civet.) Dare I ask why?
Lachi: That’s funny, but sweet. Very mom-like move.
Tup: Very un-mom-like move! Hahha…curious to know what else she’s sent you.
Mits: I know! I got that part. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been cryogenics—it would have been cold-blooded fish murder! (But seeing as how fish are cold-blooded, that’s not saying much.)

Mitsu_Neko's avatar

civet oil is an aphrodisiac and some oil can be extracted from their excrement

Nimis's avatar

Mits: Ugh…I think I could have lived without envisioning that.
Poop and a tangle of limbs. Gross.

Mitsu_Neko's avatar

there was an episode of CSI where th guy used civet oil and iopekate (Spelling?) to make the other guysick so he’d ight with the woman guy 2 stole from guy 1 and it ended up with her accidentally killing him and then a 18 wheeler killing her

Nimis's avatar

Mits: I’m so confused by your answer.

Mitsu_Neko's avatar

lemme see if I can find a link

Mitsu_Neko's avatar

See Also: ‘Fur And Loathing’ Episode Guide

If you think “Slaves of Las Vegas” had some of the weirdest sexual situations on primetime television, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In “Fur and Loathing”, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation enters the world of “furries” and “plushies”, people who have sex disguised as animals.

It all starts when a man called Bob Pitt is found dead at the side of a road dressed in a raccoon costume, according to CSI Files sources. Bob’s somewhat unusual get-up leads Grissom and Catherine to this year’s “Fur Con”, an annual convention in which ordinary people put their lives as “skins” on hold to dress up as furry creatures. Having extracted blue fur from the vomit found near Bob’s body, the CSIs are on the lookout for any furries who might be sporting a blue costume.

Grissom, in full scientist mode, thinks “Fur Con” is fascinating, but Catherine finds the whole experience too weird for words. It isn’t long before they find a potential suspect, Miss Kitty, who is spotted slinking down the catwalk of the furry fashion show in her neon blue costume. Kitty refuses to take off her mask at the convention, so she’s hauled back to the police department for questioning.

Fed up with interrogating a pussy cat, Captain Brass orders Miss Kitty — who likes to be known as Sexy — to take off her mask. But when the deputy does so, a quiet-spoken, middle-aged man named Bud Deaver is revealed. Rather embarrassed and withdrawn without the support of his feline alter ego, Bud says he and Bob Pitt (known in the furry world as Rocky Raccoon) were “skritching”, or rubbing their faces up and down each other’s fur.

But when Grissom finds Bob Pitt’s semen on the Miss Kitty costume, Bud has to confess what really happened when the furries got intimate. And what goes on at those conventions has to be seen to be believed…

On a deserted road late at night, a woman drives and seems to be looking for something. She turns back to the road to see that she’s headed directly for an on-coming truck.

The trucker talks to officers and says that the woman in the car came right at him and he couldn’t avoid her; Catherine and Grissom arrive and check the woman in the car. Catherine, looking at the skid marks, says she was breaking hard; Grissom sees animal tracks and says he knows why she swerved, and they can tell it’s a big one. They look and find an animal in the bushes, and on further investigation, realize that it’s not an animal, it’s a person in a raccoon suit. They take the animal head off the man and photograph him; Grissom comments on the detail of the costume. He determines that the racoon suffered blunt force trauma caused by a moving vehicle.

Nick and Sara look at a body in a freezer; Sara says it looks like he died trying to get out. Nick notes shotgun spatter, Sara comments that it was a single blast. The officer talks to Petey, the security guard, and tells Nick and Sara that the shooter cleaned the money out of the vending machines. Petey says he was in the guard shack; they wonder why he didn’t hear anything. Nick suggests that he might have left; Petey says that he got a burger at In And Out, and was only gone for five minutes. Nick tells him that In And Out Burgers takes longer, maybe 20 minutes just to get to the window; Petey says he’ll be fired if his boss finds out he leaves every night for food. They determine that the body in the freezer is Al Sesto; Petey says that George stopped by and asked about Al, but he didn’t see George again after that.

David tells Catherine and Grissom that Linda Jones is the woman who died in the car. Catherine asks about the raccoon, they find a 30 day chip on him from A.A., and start to cut him out of his raccoon costume; blood pours out, and it’s too much blood to be from blunt force trauma. On closer inspection, Grissom finds a bullet hole in the costume and comments that the costume has been acting like a body condom, holding in all the blood.

Dr. Robbins looks at the frozen body, and tells Nick and Sara that boiling water will get the guy out of the freezer, as he’s stuck to the ground. They take him out; Nick looks at the blood spatter and finds frozen blood pellets on the floor and on the ice cream containers. Sara dusts the broken vending machines for prints. Nick finds a chip of grey material and bags it.

Catherine asks about the raccoon and Warrick tells her that his name was Robert Pitt, and he was in A.A. under court order for a DUI. The autopsy turned up a bright blue fur ball in his stomach. Greg tells them that there was no alcohol or drugs in his system, but there was ipecac and civet oil, which he says is an aphrodisiac.

Brass and Catherine go to Pitt’s home, and find stuffed animals in his bedroom, lots of them, and they’re all raccoons. Brass sees that he had PAF Con written on his calendar, and notes that it’s still going on.

At the Plushies And Furries Convention, Grissom and Catherine look for a bright blue furry. Grissom is fascinated; Catherine is weirded out. Grissom says that they should split up and look, and decides to go to a lecture.

The gun tech tells Nick and Sara that if they can find the gun, he can match it. Hodges tells them that the grey material that Nick found was cheap gun repair done with an adhesive. A guy comes in to the station, and reports a crime; it’s George, the man that Petey mentioned. He tells them that he sells expired ice cream and went to the warehouse to give Al his cut of the money on the scam; when he got there he saw the guy in a ski mask vandalizing the vending machines. The guy brained him and that’s all he remembers. Then he was blindfolded and put in the trunk of a car and driven around for an hour. He got out by using the tire iron which was in the trunk. He says that he was in Pahrump, where he has relatives, but they weren’t home. Sara checks him, and takes a sample of blue material off of his jacket, and notices some blood on his pants cuff.

At the convention, Grissom listens to a lecture about tigers, given by a tiger. They break, and Grissom asks the horse next to him if he recognizes Robert Pitt. In the main hall, Catherine also asks if anyone recognizes Pitt; both get negative responses. Grissom looks at pictures of the convention attendees, and finds a picture of Robert Pitt with another animal, then he notices a bright blue animal. Catherine watches a “fashion show” and sees a bright blue cat. She and Grissom meet in the main hall; Grissom has two blue animals and Catherine has one. They ask them to take off their costume heads; the two that Grissom brought are both women; the one that Catherine brought refuses to remove the costume head, saying that if they want to talk, this is the way that they’re going to have to do it. They take the Blue Kitty to the station for questioning; when they ask for a name, they’re told “Sexy Kitty” and that Sexy Kitty is a lawyer. Brass insists that the head has to come off, so Sexy Kitty removes the costume head, and they’re shocked to find that Sexy is a man, Bud Simmons. Grissom notes that Bud’s costume has a musky odor, and then tells Bud about the blue fibers found in Pitt’s stomach. Bud admits that Rocky/Pitt was ‘scritching’ him, which he explains that as nuzzling and tummy rubs, which is normal for animals. They examine the blue kitty costume, and Grissom wonders if Pitt followed the more animalistic aspects of his nature? There’s no concealed compartment that could hide a gun. There are stains under the underwear on the costume; semen. Catherine wonders what ever happened to normal sex, and Grissom wonders what normal is. Greg comes in and says that the trace elements on Bud’s costume match the ipecac and civet oil found in Pitt/Rocky’s stomach.

Nick and Sara examine George’s pants; Sara notes that there’s only one drop of blood there. Nick points out that there was blood spatter everywhere, and wonders how only one drop got on George. They do blood spatter tests at room temperature and then freeze it to 23 degrees and do it again, and watch the frozen blood pellets fall, which explains how only one drop of blood got on George’s pants. The blood spatter pattern at the scene tells them that George wasn’t the shooter, but Nick says that he was with the shooter. Hodges tells them that the blue material that Sara got from George’s jacket came back as two things; grey paint from a car, painted over in blue house paint. Nick and Sara leave to look for the car.

Brass tells Bud that there was semen on his costume, and he says that it started as a ‘scritch’ but turned into a fur pile and then everyone started ‘yiffing.’ He explains that yiffing is when they start to “do things.” He claims that the semen on his costume never happened before but then admits that it has. He tells them that he didn’t kill Pitt/Rocky, and he was just there for the yiffing. Brass and Catherine can’t decide if he’s telling the truth or not, but know that they have to find out who doused the back of Bud’s costume with the civet oil mixture.

At the convention, Grissom, Catherine and an officer show up at the scritching and yiffing room with a warrant, There’s a fur pile going on when they go in; they tell everyone to stop, take off their costumes and provide names. At the lab, they look over the costumes and Catherine notes that they’re pretty smelly; Grissom notes that no one other than Pitt/Rocky threw up, so that means that he was the target. Grissom finds a wolf costume with civet oil on it, which was worn by Mr. Lee. They interview him, and he admits that he put the mixture on Sexy Kitty/Bud because he knew that Pitt/Rocky liked her, adding that all raccoons are low lifes. Grissom wants to know why he did that, asking if it was personal? Mr. Lee tells them that at last year’s convention, Pitt/Rocky stole his girlfriend, and he just wanted to make Pitt/Rocky sick so that he’d have to go home and leave his ex-girlfriend, Linda Lamb, alone. Grissom asks if Linda Lamb has a last name in real life, and Mr. Lee tells them that her name is Linda Jones. Grissom and Catherine check the trunk of the car from the crash, and find the lamb costume in it.

Grissom goes over a map, assuming that Linda and Bob were going home after Bob got sick at the convention. He wonders how Bob ended up on the side of the road; Catherine suggests that they had a fight, and Linda kicked him out of the car, and after driving away, then turned around to go back and get him, but ran into the truck. Grissom wonders how Bob ended up being shot; Catherine finds a valet parking ticket in the car.

Nick tells Sara that the gunstock adhesive had granite glue on it; he’s checked and there are only a few places that do granite repairs and installation. Sara bets that one of the places employs a guy who has painted his car blue with house paint.

At the hotel, the valet tells Catherine and Grissom that he remembers the couple and that they were fighting. The woman was very angry, and the man was drunk and sick. Catherine tells Grissom that that was the fight; Linda thought that Bob was drinking again, and the more he denied it, the madder she got. She speculates that the fight continued while they were driving, until the point when Linda kicked Bob out of the car. Catherine wonders if Linda shot Bob, but Grissom says that she probably didn’t.

In the interview room, a detective talks to Virgil; they show him a picture of a shotgun, which they found in his garage, and the missing chip from the stock was found in the freezer. Nick also tells him that the car that was in his garage was blue, and matches the paint that was found on George’s jacket.

Catherine and Grissom use metal detectors on the side of the road; Catherine finds a bullet. Grissom comments that Rocky was shot on a fairly steep trajectory; Catherine says that either he was shot by a giant or he was on all fours; Grissom says that it might be both, then adds that they’ve been looking for a person who shot a person, but maybe they should be looking for a person who shot an animal.

At the police station, George is leaving and sees Virgil being lead away in handcuffs. He asks what he’s doing there, and tells Nick and Sara that Virgil is his cousin from Pahrump. Virgil accuses George of setting him up; George admits to Nick and Sara that he told Virgil about the vending machines and Petey leaving every night for a burger, but he can’t believe that Virgil used that information to commit the crime.

Grissom and Catherine talk to a man who lives in a house overlooking the road where Pitt died. He asks if they’re there about the accident; Grissom asks what he did the night of the accident, and he tells them that he had dinner, and watched some TV. He adds that the dogs that he breeds were very noisy that night, because there was a coyote, so he got his gun and shot it. At the station, Grissom and Catherine tell Brass that the shooting was accidental; the man thought he shot a coyote.
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Writers:Jerry Stahl

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Nimis's avatar

Furries and plushies?!
[settles in for a good read]

Nimis's avatar

Fed up with interrogating a pussy cat
[continues to read]

Nimis's avatar

Good lord. You do learn something new every day. Except I feel like I’m getting dumber.

Nimis's avatar

Mits: Thanks for the link…though I think I may be dumber for it.
Makes you wonder about the scripts that didn’t make the cut. Ha.

gailcalled's avatar

@Nimis:Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm Some of them appeared on Oprah,

And Mail-order Peeps,

MItsu: Maybe just posting the link might be better. That was mighty long.

Mitsu_Neko's avatar

I didnt realize it would be so wordy…..

And Nimis I have a friend who is a furrie

Nimis's avatar

Gail: Like celebrity worms? Ha.
Mits: You do? I always wondered, is Halloween kind of unexciting for them?
You know…‘cause they dress up every day sort of?

syz's avatar

@Mitsu Good lord! That’s one of my favorite epsiodes, but good lord!

@Nimis There is a type of very expensive coffee (the most expensive in the world) that is sold that is supposed to be the best coffee possible The coffee is that good because each and every bean was picked at the perfect ripeness. We know they were ripe because they were ingested by a civet (as food). Workers collect the (later pooped out) coffee beans, clean them and process them.

The reason that I shipped civet shit was that I worked at a facility that kept and bred civets. I was contacted by an organization in San Francisco that was auctioning off some of the previously mentioned coffee at an Aids fundraiser and wanted a display to use in association with the coffee.

I was happy to oblige (after some very interesting conversations with the Postmaster General’s office).

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