February 22, 2000 |
Next to telemarketers calling during the dinner hour, the greatest curse of modern society is the unrelenting torrent of junk mail. For a long time my wife, Elfi, and I wondered how much of the stuff was jammed into our mailbox in Reston, Va., over the course of a year. Now we know: 65 pounds' worth. During 1999, we saved and sorted all unrequested, bulk-rate mail: 1,288 pieces--slightly more than 100 per month, or 4.25 every day the U.S. Postal Service made deliveries.