Reader Mail 21 Jun 2011 12:23 pm by Robynne

The proper way to do things

What time is it? It’s time for another awesome death prediction request! Yay!

The distinguishing feature of this one is that it fits in perfectly with Machine of Death mythology. It could conceivably have fallen right out of a Machine of Death story and into the real world, where luckily we got a hold of it before it could disrupt the fabric of reality by falling into the wrong hands.

The card pretty much speaks for itself. I love the attention to detail. You might not be able to tell from the picture, but this was not printed straight out of a computer with everything in place. The stamp, the parts written in blue ballpoint pen, and the “blood” were all added individually. I’m guessing the sender already owned or had access to a stamp saying “Paid” and adjustable for different dates, but it’s still an impressive bit of realism.

By the way, these are all photographed immediately after being opened, which is why the bottom fields are not yet filled out. The photographing stage happens before the staff begins processing.

If you’d like to send us a sample of your blood for processing, (please don’t send us your actual blood) we’d be happy to let you, too, know how you will die. At Machine of Death, that’s our job.

3 Responses to “The proper way to do things”

  1. on 21 Jun 2011 at 6:50 pm 1.Joanna said …

    Oh, wow, that’s mine! I’m so glad you liked it!

  2. on 21 Jun 2011 at 11:25 pm 2.Pete said …

    Good choice re USPS. Who wants to get their result by email?

  3. on 22 Jun 2011 at 3:01 pm 3.Jeremy said …

    I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but the 1138 (of George Lucas’ THX 1138 fame) is a great touch!