(Washington Post) Someone at the U.S. Postal Service guessed that commemorative stamps featuring TV cartoon character Homer Simpson would be twice as popular as those of Elvis Presley.
In a move that wasted $1.2 million in printing costs, the Postal Service produced 1 billion of "The Simpsons" stamps. It sold 318 million.
A Postal Service inspector general's report singled out the overproduction of stamps marking the 20th anniversary of the cartoon as an example of failing to align stamp production with demand.
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