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Things You Aren't Supposed to Do with the American Flag

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American flag etiquette– turns out it's much more involved than you once thought! (Unless you were a boy scout, in which case you've probably spent a lot of time folding up the flag into triangles and you know how crazy it is.) That's right, there are American flag rules for days and they are all spelled out in the U.S. Flag Code: Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code. How quaint! These are all official federal laws– but since we have freedom of speech in the U.S. no one technically has to follow any of them. Yay!

Check out this list of American flag facts and flag protocol do's and don'ts and vote for the rules that seem the silliest to you!
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    Throw It Away (Burning It Is Preferred)

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    4 U.S.C. § 8(k) When a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.
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    Hang It Upside-Down

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    4 U.S.C. § 8(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
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    Step On It

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    4 U.S.C. § 6(a) The flag should never be stepped on.
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    Use It As a Blanket

    Use It As a Blanket 
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    4 U.S.C. § 8(d) The flag should not be used as "wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery", or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins).
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    Allow It to Touch the Ground

    Allow It to Touch the Ground 
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    4 U.S.C. § 6(a) When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
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    Hang One On Your Ceiling (Sorry Dorm Rooms Bros)

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    4 U.S.C. § 8(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
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    Draw Anything On It

    Draw Anything On It 
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    4 U.S.C. §3 The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it or attached to it.
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    Use Its Image on a Sports Uniform

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    4 U.S.C. § 8(j) The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations.
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