People are just realising why some letterboxes have bristles but others don't & it's not all about draughts | The Sun

THE INTERNET users have finally realised the real reason some letterboxes have bristles – and no, it's not always about draughts.

Like humans, letterboxes come in all shapes and sizes – whilst some have bristles, others don't, and there are also those with flaps.

But have you ever wondered why it is this way?

Well, according to some people on social media, there is a very good reason behind having bristles ornamenting your letterbox – and no, it's got nothing to do with draughts.

The fiery discussion took place on the popular parenting forum, Mumsnet, after a member left a rather furious post captioned ''To hate those b*****d letterboxes with bristles in them?''.

The person, who was hiding behind the username @grimbletart, explained what had happened.

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''I had to deliver some single sheet flyers around our area for a local campaign.''

But much to their surprise, this turned out more challenging than they had expected.

''The choice seemed to be to end up with a load of flyers crumpled up like concertinas or having my knuckles scraped raw by the bloody bristles as I tried to protect the flyers by laying my hand on top to keep the bristles out of the way.

''B*****d things.''

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Absolutely furious, the author of the post also shared an alternative for those concerned about cold breeze entering their homes.

''If it's draughts the owners are worried about do what we did and install a wooden flap on the inside.''

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However, as many readers then noted, the bristles were not there to prevent cool air coming into their rooms.

According to them, the feature's designed for making sure there's no junk mail piling up on their floors.

''I dunno, I don't like random stuff being posted through the door. I'm not about to make it easier,'' one person chuckled.

Another agreed: ''Nope it's to keep out leaflets.

''I had a similar experience when I delivered leaflets though so you have some sympathy.''

Someone else was convinced: ''It's actually more about protecting the posties fingers from the dogs.''

Sharing their thoughts, there were also those who recommended ways of keeping the knuckles safe and scratch-free when delivering leaflets.

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''If you roll them into a cylinder that helps! Those bristles are the bane of postie's days!'' read one suggestion.

''Use a spatula or wooden spoon to push the leaflets through,'' was another idea.

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