The above story details how a winning run at the blackjack table helped save FedEX from financial ruin in its early days. Because of my favorite card game, now I can send lobster or prunes to someone overnight.

Combing the internet, I also discovered that someone used Fedex to ship two Giant Pandas to the National Zoo in Washington, horses to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia, white tigers, elephants, rhinos, lions, gorillas and a 13-foot tiger shark used in the filming of the movie “Jaws.” Other unusual cargo shipments sent by FedEx include: 17 classic Ferraris, a yacht for the U.S. Paralympic sailing team, a windmill from Denmark, Catherine the Great’s collection of historic artifacts, a Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter weighing 11,000 lbs, a statue of Filipino war hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal, a communications satellite, a giant snowball picked up in Wisconsin and delivered to a child in Memphis, and a four-ton high press water drill and 5,700 pounds of equipment to rescue 18-month-old Jessica McClure from a well in 1987.

The next time you use Fedex, think of blackjack.

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