Mail order mystery

Company offers to send puzzles by post


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A new company is offering to add a little mystery to people's lives, by posting mysterious packages that contain elaborate puzzles.

The Mysterious Package Company in their own words, "provides unique and custom-made gifts delivered by mail or via courier, wrapped in a premium, hand-crafted experience unlike any other. Custom made crates, included letters and telegrams from long-lost relatives, and seemingly innocuous newspaper clippings add a richness to the curious goods contained within. Each experience is uniquely tailored to each person, and no two packages are alike"

We first discovered the firm when looking into the tale of a parcel adressed to Indiana Jones arriving at the University of Chicago, filled with diaries, news clippings and so on. This turned out to be, well, read it for yourself as this is no place to spoil a good mystery.

The company is now asking for people to apply for free membership, a requirement for ordering one of their packages, but they welcome casual interest, so there's no requirement to order a package. Applications close on 1 February, so apply now!

The head of the organisation is the suitably mysterious figure of The Curator, who was tracked down to the Andes, where he aswered some questions for us via an intermediary.

Asked about what sort of people were applying for membership, the Curator was politely reluctant, saying, "The Mysterious Package Company holds its membership information as a sacred trust. We do not reveal any information about either the specifics or the aggregate, as it would affect the trust we intend on keeping."

He was more forthcoming over the relationship he wanted between his company and their members, "We are hoping for slavish devotion and a cult-like following, but I believe that we would settle for building a community based around ongoing mystery and adventure. In the end we hope that the packages we create for our members is merely the beginning of our relationship with them, and we hope to reward them for their loyalty."

He continued, "This is a labour of love for us, after all, and without our membership we'd be unable to pursue it. We intend to listen closely to what our members tell us so that we can best fulfill their desires for more mystery in the lives of the people they love, and their own lives as well."

There is also a serious point to signing up, he explained, "membership is a layer of protection between the person sending the gift and the person receiving the gift. If one were to receive something unusual in the mail and do a web search for it and find out that, yes, it's from The Mysterious Package Company, and it cost such and such, with a big buy now button, that would destroy the mystery. With membership, even if they discover that it's from us, it's a gift that you are unable to buy for yourself. This makes the experience priceless, something that we think our members appreciate."

And with that, he was gone.

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