On Dec. 13th I stumbled upon an article on NPR’s Planet Money (one of my favorite Podcasts) reporting that Norway had run out of butter.
This sounded all too crazy to be true. Had it been April, I would’ve dismissed the whole thing as a nice Fools Day hoax. But searching around, I found a whole bunch of other media reporting the same story.
I had previously toyed with dry ice and with sending dry ice packaged things via domestic mail, so I decided to send one pack of butter (In Germany usually packaged in blocks of 250g) to Norway. Since I do’t know anybody in Norway I decided to send it to the Ministry of Trade (in retrospect I should have sent to to the Ministry of Agriculture…).
Unfortunately DHL told me that dry ice is considered a dangerous substance and shipping it through customs would be outrageously expensive and nearly impossible. Therefore I used cooling blocks, which Christian donated to me (Thanx again!).
The butter was shipped Dec 21st. I haven’t heard back from the Ministry yet.
I guess Daniele is going to complain again about packaging mail art, but I think molten butter would have been too disgusting for the poor mail carriers in between. I would have tried that with frozen butter on expedited domestic shipping, but not in international mail guaranteed to get stuck in customs.