Journal: News & Comment

Wednesday, March 19, 2003
# 9:53:00 AM:

Mysteries of modern life

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Not many decades ago, having a package take only 12 days to travel from Massachusetts to Vancouver would have seemed a miracle. Now it feels like forever, but what's even stranger is that, not only can I track my package instantaneously on the Web, but that tracking tells me that:

  1. It took a week to find its way out of Massachusetts.
  2. It then reached Seattle in slightly over a single day.
  3. Only a few hours later it was across the border.
  4. It will probably be delivered to my house today.

What was it doing in Massachusetts for a week?


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