Atheist packages more likely to go missing.

This is interesting.  An atheist German shoe company ran an experiment by shipping two packages to all their USA customers for a while.  One package was taped using their “Atheist” branded tape, and the other with normal old tape.  The result?  Packages branded with the word “Atheist” were ten times more likely to be lost.

I can think of a few possible explanations.

1.  God exists, and though it was once plagues and torment for those who doubted, it’s not been reduced to hiding their mail.

2.  Really bad luck for the atheist packages.

3.  Christianity doesn’t make people more moral.  In fact, it often makes them feel as though they have the right to fuck with people they don’t like.

I know which one my money’s on.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Tampering with mail is a misdemeanor, and a sackable offense… But these people don’t believe in my God, so there isn’t really any option but to show my Sooper Moraluty!

    • Mark

      Tampering with mail is a federal offense if I remember correctly

  • khan

    Many years ago, MS magazine had a problem with their deliveries being damaged.

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      Pardon my ignorance, but what was MS magazine?

      • Ryan

        I didn’t know either. A few seconds on Google revealed it’s a prominent feminism-oriented magazine that’s been around for about 40 years. It certainly doesn’t surprise me that they would have had constant mail problems from the regressive forces in society. Even now, I’m having trouble getting my American Atheists related mail at the new address (moved 2 months ago) while I haven’t seen any problem getting mail regarding American Humanist Association or Center for Inquiry.

        • Jeff

          I believe the title is officially “Ms.”, as in the female counterpart of “Mr.”, and that it’s a reference to the relatively new term as an alternative to the marriage-based “miss” and “Mrs.”

  • Greg G

    The sorting of packages often involve a human agent at many levels as it nears its destination. A person may be putting packages into 20 or 30 containers and will inevitably misplace a few. A keyer on a machine will have a few typos every hour. It would be difficult to prove intent for an isolated case.

    A believer who is suddenly reminded that they are pretending there is a god might lose their better judgement and missort a package. They might regret or they might justify it so it would be easier the next time.

    • Ryan

      “It would be difficult to prove intent for an isolated case.”
      Therein lies the rub; it wasn’t an isolated case. They sent the same two packages, on the same day, to around 80 people. The only difference was one had prominent colored tape saying “Atheist” and the other did not. On average there was a 3-day delay (one place was around a month) for the marked ones compared to the unmarked ones, and a much higher percentage of those same packages got lost entirely.

  • iknklast

    That’s probably why FFRF sends their newsletter in a plain white wrapping with FFRF as the only identifier. FFRF could stand for a lot of things – Fluffy Furry Rabbit Fur, for instance.

  • CAT

    Since when is mail tampering NOT a Federal felony?

  • Duane

    I remember when American Atheists sent their magazine under another name. Don’t remember the name. Seems the mail worked a little better for the other name.

    • iknklast

      They still send it in a plain white envelope, but the envelope does have their name on the return address. So your neighbors can’t see you’re getting mail from American Atheists, but the postman can. Now it seems the post office can’t be trusted, either (or at least some of the people who work for the post office – I’ve never failed to receive my American Atheist on time, even in this extremely red city.)