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Champagne Arrives in Mail, 24 Years Late

Father's birthday gift comes a quarter-century after it's mailed
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2010 5:43 PM CST
Champagne Arrives in Mail, 24 Years Late
Champagne ages well in the hands of the post office.   (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)

Frank Digoria thought his dad was "flipping out" when he received a bottle of champagne in the mail from him in January. Not only was his birthday a month past, but the card from Frank Sr. also mentioned a now-deceased wife. Turns out, Frank Sr. sent the bottle in 1985, and it had spent the last 24 years in a post office time warp.

"After I sent it (in 1985), I talked to Frankie on his birthday and I thought it was kind of unusual he didn't say, 'Thanks, Dad.'" That call finally came last month. "I told him he'd have to wait another 25 years before I send him anything." Postal officials had no explanation, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The delivery is especially surprising because Digorio has moved twice since '85, and the USPS doesn't keep records of old addresses. (More USPS stories.)

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