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BADGE: Journey To The End Of The Night TEAM: MNZero

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Thurn Und Taxis Postal Adventure by Aaron, Oliver X, Gadget, beverly penn, Ink Tea

August 1st, 2006 5:15 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: 1: Buy/find/acquire a mailbox of any shape or dimensions. Place the mailbox in a public space with an appropriate address that you invent. Make sure it looks official to ensure its permanence. 2: Receive mail. Extra points if your mailbox is in a remote area, or a vacant lot. The farther it is from a regular, recognized address or street the better. You will be awarded points simply for placing the mailbox in a public space and using it, but the real aim of the task is codification by the postal service itself. If you do not wish to use the US postal service, you may create (or participate in) an alternative postal delivery network that deals only with other players' mailboxes.

Through a complex series of events, several of us (in some cases unknowingly) collaborated to complete this task. The box was installed, the address was leaked, mail was inadvertantly sent to the address, the box and the mail disappeared, it reappeared, more mail arrived. It's the topsy-turvy world of sf0.

Let's start with the location

A deserted building resides here: an EPA superfund clean-up site. While there are no identifiable markings on the building as to what it is, Hennepin County lists it as being owned by our local power company. It was built in 1917. It had no form of mailbox or mail delivery. It is located in the area of the Longfellow neighborhood that reports the highest amount of crime monthly. It does not contain graffiti as it gets maintenance when it gets tagged. Other than that there is no evidence it is touched or entered by anyone. Most notably, the building dons a large Obey Giant.

As it appeared before the mailbox was placed. This building's physical address is also declared "undeliverable" in the USPS database.

Here's where things get interesting

Oliver X with the assistance of Ink Tea planted the "Typhon International" mailbox with the intent to do the task themselves. Oliver X leaked the address to Beverly Penn and Beverly Penn then leaked the address to Gadget while he was working on the "It's a Trap" task. Unbeknownst to Gadget, the address was not Oliver X's address at all, yet Gadget had sent mail there for him. Soon after completing "It's a Trap", it became Obvious that Oliver X wasn't receiving the mail that was sent to him. That's when Gadget conspired with Aaro Landr to check it out. Aaro scoped out the site and confirmed that the mail from Gadget to Oliver X had been delivered. Gadget and Aaro intercepted that mail (along with the box). When they confirmed that the mailbox was set up for this task, they returned it (the box and the mail) and more mail was sent to Oliver X, Beverly Penn, and Typhoon International at the address to further complete the Thrun Und Taxis postal adventure task.

The box has also received other mail including a free neighborhood paper, "The Bridge," with our address printed on it. The mailbox as placed
For the purposes of completeness, we've received mail from Gadget in CA, Aaro in MN, and Oliver X in MN, all with subtle or not so subtle references to the "Thurn Und Taxis" task and/or SF0. All mail has been postmarked with the proper ZIP+4 printed and barcoded by the USPS on the bottom.

The mailbox is still there now and receiving mail. We have not decided how long we will keep it there. We will keep this page updated as to the status of this mailbox.

This task has been a thrill. Please practice anonymity if you choose to send mail to the address.


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As it appeared before the mailbox was placed.
Note the addition of the mailbox to the right of the door.
A local newspaper and a square
The mailbox as placed
Mail Received
Address Block
the mail must continue to go through

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Still there?
posted by Waldo Cheerio on November 23rd, 2008 3:07 AM

Does this box still see use?

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posted by Ink Tea on November 23rd, 2008 5:08 AM

Dear Waldo,

No. Apparently neither are any of the comments that used to be here. Actually? Even the enormous OBEY poster is gone. Building still there.


How Odd.
posted by Waldo Cheerio on December 7th, 2008 4:10 AM

All those comments were here on the 23rd when I left that comment. What a shame, I would've liked to mail things to that location. To whom would my missives have gone?

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posted by Ink Tea on December 7th, 2008 8:58 AM

Dear Waldo,

The mail would have been returned to you, as it's a defunct address. While the mailbox was still there, I would have picked up the mail. They would have come to me.