For those of you who might not remember it from history class, the Stamp Act was one of the catalysts that sparked the American Revolution. Now, 250 years after it was repealed, the United States Postal Service has decided to commemorate this in the most ironic way possible, by issuing a Stamp Act stamp this spring!

The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament in 1765 and required that all printed material in the American colonies be produced on special paper that had a revenue stamp attached to it. Needless to say, it was a vastly unpopular move, and it was quickly repealed in 1766. But, even though it was repealed, it was one of the events that  caused the colonies to revolt against England.

So, I can understand wanting to recognize the anniversary of such an important event, but are we sure that issuing a stamp is the best way to do this?

I mean, what's next?

  • Commemorative Boston Tea Party tea bags from Lipton?
  • Commemorate the French Revolution with a Marie Antoinette cake?
  • A commemorative stamp about how e-mail outnumbers Snail Mail about 80 to 1?

Can you think of any other ironic commemorations?