One Mystery Solved

I think I finally figured out why various government agencies take so long to respond to my FOIA requests, and so frequently get my name or the details of my request wrong. Here I was being all uncharitable and assuming it was some sort of underhanded scheme on their parts…

Nope, looks like the requests just might not be surviving the anti-anthrax irradiation too well. See this photo of a FOIA request on a reasonably high-quality, heavyweight, acid-free stationery (Clairfontaine Triomphe, from France) that made it’s way back to the requesting party after six months. It’s sitting on the very pad of paper it originally came from, apparently, and what you see is all that’s left. Hard to believe that’s a piece of expensive stationery that’s only six months old; looks like cheap paper that’s six decades old, if you ask me.

Not a lot gets written about the effects of irradiation on mail anymore, but looking at that really makes one wonder, doesn’t it?

Note that this experience pretty well agrees with research done at the Smithsonian and Stanford.

Worth noting is that all mail is apparently always irradiated *twice*, so the Clairfontaine paper above has had at least two bouts of irradiation…

Published in: General | on October 31st, 2005| Comments Off on One Mystery Solved

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