This one definitely falls under things that make you go hmmm.

I am pretty sure that we all have horror stories about the United States Postal Service. At work I have received mail opened, mangled, and mailed in deposits for the credit union down the street. The last one is really disturbing because there were many of them in preprinted bank deposit envelopes. Heck, just this past Saturday my local ghetto post office told me that they did not have CD mailers or 44 cent stamps. How does a post office run out of 44 cent stamps?

Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing pointed out a post at The Consumerist which details the route this book traveled. According to The Consumerist, the route was 6,285 miles long.

The package left California, more specifically Davis, California. After two stops in the state, it traversed the country via Maine. It then left Maine and returned to Bell Gardens, California. The package arrived at its destination, Davis, California to complete the trek!

I had to see what that looked like on Google Maps
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The article also states that the destination was less than two miles from the origin.