When we say logistics has shipped everything, we mean everything. Toys, consumer electronics, luxury cars, and priceless art are commonplace. But there have been some kookier and even surreal shipments that make you ask yourself “what, why or how the heck did they move that?”
Here are some of the most incredible (or odd) shipments from around the world.
A ship to ship shipping ships
One of our favorites: ships that can ship shipping ships (we dare you to say that three times fast). Both the Boka Vanguard and the Blue Marlin have enormous shipping capacities. Blue Marlin once transported 22 vessels, while the Boka Vanguard moved a 56,000 metric ton drilling platform from South Korea to the Gulf of Mexico.
Maybe they can carry full hotel buildings and call them the next generation of cruises.
Baby come back
In the early 20th century storks were busier than usual but the U.S. Postal Service lent them a hand. At the time, anything under 11 pounds could be sent via Parcel Post. One couple took up this offer and sent their eight-month-old baby through the mail to his grandparent’s house for only 15 cents. But don’t worry, they insured the package for $50. If not, what kind of crazy parents would they be?
Certainly, it’s a way to save money on travel fare. But don’t actually try it — nowadays it’s illegal.
Shipments across the universe?
Even intergalactic vessels need logistics’ help to arrive to their destination. In 2012, space shuttle Discovery was mounted on a 747 jet and flown from Florida to Washington to join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
The piggyback ride went off without a hitch. All they had to do was use the force (of freight).
When pigs fly
Over 2 million pets and live animals are transported by air in the US alone. And it’s not just your cats and dogs, kiddies. Logistics has shipped pandas, poisonous snakes, baby miniature donkeys, even whale sharks.
Spoiler alert: most of them don’t like flying.
So accommodations are arranged to make it an experience as relaxing as possible: from special stalls to exclusive attendants to keep watch over live cargo. Our animal friends may not fly business class, but they still get the VIP treatment.
Houston we have a …pizza?
The load itself wasn’t the oddity, it was its destination. In 2000, a pizza was delivered to an astronaut at the International Space Station. Though instead of pepperoni, salami had to be used because it has a longer shelf life. More seasoning and salt were needed too, since taste buds are weakened in space.
And the best of all, pizza was free, as the delivery took more than 30 minutes.
Can I have some ice please?
If you are ever in dire need of build a snowman in 90-degree weather, there are logistic companies specializing in shipping snow. Should there be delays in transit and the snow melts, there’s a return policy in place too. The company even offers snowman kits complete with googly eyes, scarf and top hat.
After all, what’s a snowman without googly eyes?
Run out of toilet paper?
The hot commodity item of early 2020 wasn’t a smartphone or a video game console. No, it was — the humble toilet paper. Normally toilet paper doesn’t make this kind of list, but at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic an incredible demand for this product put freight into overdrive to find a way to satisfy demand.
Let’s take a trip through history
Or in this case, it’s the other way around, history is taking a trip.
Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun and Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huan may have died over 2,000 years ago but they’re still going places — or at least some of their valuables are. Logistics has shipped artifacts from their tombs including a jeweled coffinette that once contained King Tut’s liver. It has also moved over 8,000 terracotta statues of soldiers, horses and other artifacts belonging to the first ruler of China.
Let’s just hope the monarchs don’t need these items in the afterlife.
A team of social scientists once shipped a fresh green coconut, juice and all, from Hawaii to their office through the postal service.
We don’t know what kind of experiment they were working on, but 10 days later they were enjoying a bit of summer.
Nothing like a home-cooked meal
As a student away from home, nothing makes you more homesick than a hot coffee and microwaved noodles.
Wanting to cheer their child up, a couple in Great Britain sent their son a home-cooked Sunday meal, through parcel delivery.
We just hope he corresponded the gesture with good grades.
The logistics industry has seen it all — and shipped it all. Truly nothing is too big or too small. But are some things just too weird? We’ll let you decide.
By Mariana Lopez