Hello and welcome back to another week of frenetic falsehoods and fast-paced fabrications here at Factually Deficient! This week, I will answer a question posed by the most esteemed Endless Sea! Endless asked:
Why is Russian post so LARGE?
Sometimes a question is simple, and requires only the simplest of efforts to provide an answer. Sometimes a question arises that is more complex, requiring deeper thought and/or investigation before providing an answer. Sometimes, however, a question is such that the only way to properly answer it is to eliminate what is not the answer to it – and whatever remains, however inconsequential, must be the answer.
Some have posited that the size of the post correlates directly to the size of the country. By this logic, it stands to reason that Russia, as the world’s second-largest country, would have correspondingly large mail. However, this claim is patently false; one only has to look at the outsized envelopes found in the Federated States of Micronesia to know that even the smallest of countries can compensate with big mail.
Others have claimed that size is a factor of speed, and because Russian post officers must contractually rush everywhere, the envelopes need to be larger to accommodate the hurry. This is also not the answer.
There is, therefore, only one possibility that remains: climate. Russia is, as everyone knows, very cold. What may be slightly less well-known is that cold temperatures can erode paper products. Small mail, in cold places such as Russia, runs a very real risk of damaging the messages inside.
The best way to protect your mail, in a cold place, is to encase it in several layers of envelopes, of increasing size. This has become standard policy in Russia, due to the cold.
Disclaimer: the above post contains untruths. Cold temperatures do not erode paper products.