Monday, March 14, 2011
The U.S. Postal Service announced recently that all stamps from now on will be Forever® Stamps. The idea of a forever stamp is that “it will be good for mailing one-ounce First-Class letters anytime in the future. It’s good forever.”
But forever is a long time. The Earth won’t last forever. In about five billion years, the Sun will expand into its red giant phase. Its fiery perimeter will expand to about the orbit of Mercury, making life (and postal service) impossible.
What about the Forever Stamps then? Will they still be good? I don’t think so.
To be more accurate, why don’t we call them Pretty Darn Long Time® Stamps?
USPS press release