Saturday, March 30, 2013

Worried about your package not arriving? Try being an atheist!

Recently in Germany a shoe company titled Atheist shoes tested a hypothesis using the 
United States postal service. 

“We have lots of customers in the USA, but sometimes the shoes we send them take longer than they should to arrive, or even go missing,” the atheist shoe website declared “And when some of our customers asked us not to use ATHEIST-branded packaging tape on their shipments, we started to wonder if the delays were caused by the US Postal Service taking offence at our overt godlessness.”

They tested this theory by mailing two packages to 89 United States customers in 49 states, one box with the ATHEIST tape and one without. 
The packages with ATHEIST tape took 3 days longer to arrive and were 10 times more likely to disappear. They also conducted similar experiments in Europe, these tests showed no bias. 

“Interestingly, this seems to be a national problem — traditionally less religious and more liberal states also saw high levels of delay and disappearance,” they wrote. “Sadly, many of our customers who took part in this experiment were not surprised by our findings, even thought tampering with post is a Federal Offence.”

The results of the company did show some statistical significance, so they have decided to stop using the ATHEIST packing tape on all American shipments. The company's delivery times are already improving. 

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