INTERNET users have finally realized why some mailboxes have bristles – and no, it’s not always about draughts.
Mailboxes, like people, come in all shapes and sizes – some have bristles, some don’t, and there are those with flaps.
But have you ever wondered why that is?
Well, according to some people on social media, there’s a very good reason bristles adorn your mailbox—and no, it has nothing to do with drafts.
The fiery discussion took place on the popular parenting forum Mumsnet, after a member left a rather angry post with the caption “To hate these b*****d letterboxes with borsts in them?”.
The person hiding behind the username @grimbletart explained what happened.
“I needed to deliver some cut sheet flyers for a local campaign in our area.”
But to their great surprise, this turned out to be more difficult than they had expected.
“The choice seemed to be to end up with a load of flyers crumpled up like accordions, or have my knuckles scraped by the bloody bristles as I tried to protect the flyers by putting my hand on them to break the bristles.” to keep out of the way.
Absolutely furious, the author of the post also shared an alternative for those worried about a cold breeze entering their homes.
“If there are drafts that the owners are concerned about, do as we do and install a wooden flap on the inside.”
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However, as many readers noted at the time, the bristles weren’t there to keep cool air from entering their rooms.
According to them, the feature is to ensure that junk mail doesn’t pile up on their floors.
“I don’t know, I don’t like random stuff being posted through the door. I’m not going to make it any easier,” one person giggled.
Another agreed: “No, it’s about keeping leaflets out.
“However, I had a similar experience while distributing leaflets, so have some sympathy.”
Another was convinced: “Actually, it’s more about protecting the fingers of the posties from the dogs.”
There were also those who shared their thoughts and recommended how to keep knuckles safe and scratch-free when handing out leaflets.
“If you roll them in a cylinder, that helps! Those bristles are the bane of postie time!” read one suggestion.
“Use a spatula or wooden spoon to push through the leaves,” was another idea.