Terry Pratchett's Going Postal - Netflix

Based on Terry Pratchett's 33rd Discworld novel involves a skillful con artist Moist Von Lipwig who finds the tables turned and it's he himself who conned into becoming the Ankh-Morpork Postmaster General. A position that has not been filled in years.

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 120 minutes

Premier: 2010-05-30

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal - Going postal - Netflix

Going postal is an American English slang phrase referring to becoming extremely and uncontrollably angry, often to the point of violence, and usually in a workplace environment. The expression derives from a series of incidents from 1986 onward in which United States Postal Service (USPS) workers shot and killed managers, fellow workers, and members of the police or general public in acts of mass murder. Between 1970 and 1997, more than 40 people were killed by current or former employees in at least 20 incidents of workplace rage. Between 1986 and 2011, workplace shootings happened at roughly two per year, with an average of 12 people killed per year.

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal - Cultural impact - Netflix

In the controversial video game series Postal, the player takes on the role of an insane mass murderer in the first game, and in the later series a first-person role performing normally mundane chores (such as picking up a paycheck from work) with an often gratuitously violent twist. In 1997, the USPS sued the creators of the game, Running With Scissors, over the use of the term “postal”. Running With Scissors argued that, despite its title, the game has absolutely nothing to do with the USPS or its employees. The case was dismissed with prejudice in 2003. The 1994 comedy film Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult includes a scene where the main character must deal with a series of escalating threats, including the sudden appearance of dozens of disgruntled postal workers randomly firing weapons in every direction. The 1995 film Clueless is credited with popularizing the phrase “going postal” and is responsible for the term's casual usage still today. The actors in the film had no idea what it meant to “go postal,” since it was an uncommon phrase at the time. The title of the 2004 book Going Postal by Terry Pratchett makes reference to the contents of the novel, but in future novels of the Discworld universe characters use the term “going postal” in the common sense, apparently referring to the events of Going Postal. As referenced on the Simpsons, during Episode “Sunday Cruddy Sunday”, Bart and Lisa visit the post office and Nelson asks: Nelson: Have you ever gone on a killing spree? Postmaster Bill: (laughing) Ho ho ho, nooo noo, the day of the gun toting disgruntled postman shooting up the place went out with the Macarena.

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