The mascot of the Hungarian postal service is the raven, because of a myth where a raven delivered a letter to a former king of Hungary at a crucial time. In reality, ravens are unreliable carrier pigeons, as Hungarians like to mention when complaining about the postal system.

I can’t tell whether the Hungarian or American postal system’s responsible for the fortnight to month it takes to send a postcard, but the only actual delivery error I’ve encountered is the US’s: an absentee ballot request I sent to the King County elections office made it all the way to America but was returned as undeliverable. (And I can see on the returned envelope that the address matches what’s posted on their website.) Ack!

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