Are Australian customs officers allergic to PANDEMIA?

True story, two Australian readers signed up for Unreported Truths as founding members.

Which, as I have mentioned once or twice, means a free signed copy of PANDEMIA!

Thus I dropped two copies of PANDEMIA in the mail. Cost me $79 each, since Australia had some rule I had to send it global priority mail, because Covid.

But hey, I aim to please. You paid your $300, I’ll get you a book. Plus I figured they live in everybody’s favorite continent-sized democratic police state, they need all the help they can get.

Lo and behold, a few days later, I get an email from Down Under

Hi Alex

I received the book today but it is soaking wet

The pages ripped (right through your signature) just from gently turning them

The book is also pretty deformed

Is there any chance I could get another?

Photos attached

So I goes on back to the post office and I put another copy in the mail. Another eighty bucks in support of the United States Postal Service! And I put my feet back up for a job well done.

Then last week I hear from the OTHER Aussie Founding Member, he never got the book. Did I send it? (Mighty patient of him to wait three months before asking, I must say.)

I sure did. And the proof arrived in my mailbox the other day, following a 20,000-mile round trip:

Once again, the Australians claim the book was “wet.” Which it sure did not appear to be.

Of course, correlation is not causation, etc, etc. I’m sure there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation. but let’s just say I am not eager to keep trying my hand with the Australian customs system. (I assume the second copy I sent to the first reader arrived, but who knows?)

Anyhow, if you don’t live in Australia and you too would like a signed copy of PANDEMIA, you can become a founding member here: