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60 Gifts to Give Every Type of Mom

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This Mother's Day, give your mom a gift she'll love. Here are a few of our suggestions.

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CHEFS

1. CHEESE OF THE WORLD TOWEL; $14

This dish towel is a must-have for cheese lovers. It features 49 types of the delicious food from around the world along with their origins, characteristics, and flavors, plus handy cutting diagrams and a wine pairing guide.

Find it: UncommonGoods

2. MASON JAR HERB GARDEN; $20

These mason jars are a cute way to grow herbs. Simply add water and find a nice sunny spot for the plants to grow—the jars have an interior hydroponic system that makes sure the plants get the right amount of moisture.

Find it: UncommonGoods

3. CHOP WIZARD; $23

If your mom is looking to save some time in the kitchen, this device will make quick work of dicing up onions, peppers, or any other vegetable in need of chopping.

Find it: Amazon

4. SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT; $23

This innovative cookbook (which features 100 core recipes with endless spin-offs) teaches home chefs four elements—salt, fat, acid, and heat—for more delicious meals. Illustrations and infographics bring the recipes to life.

Find it: Amazon

COFFEE AND TEA DRINKERS

5. TEA INFUSER SET; $17

These charming, sea creature-shaped silicone devices can be filled with loose tea leaves and hooked onto the side of a mug to steep.

Find it: Amazon

6. DEATH WISH COFFEE; $20

If your mom is always asking for an extra shot of espresso, you should introduce her to this super strong coffee. Considered one of the most caffeinated coffees in the world, Death Wish packs a punch of 660 milligrams of caffeine per 12 fluid ounce cup (a regular coffee will run 195 milligrams or so).

Find it: Amazon

7. CONSTELLATION MUG; $14

This mug just shows a blank starry sky, but with a little hot liquid, constellations will appear.

Find it: Amazon

TECHIES

8. BLUETOOTH TRACKING TAG; $40

Save your mom the trouble of searching for missing keys with a tracking device for her keychain. It connects to Bluetooth so the keychain can be hunted down on a smartphone.

Find it: UncommonGoods

9. FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI CAMERA; $69

This fun, brightly colored camera takes instant pictures that are perfect for sticking in a cubicle or on the fridge.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

10. ECHO DOT; $50

The Echo Dot is the perfect virtual assistant for all your smart home needs. Moms just need to say "Alexa," and they can turn smart devices off and on, order pizza, or call a cab.

Find it: Amazon

11. SAMSUNG GEAR VR; $50

Proof that we're living in the future: Virtual reality is now a thing, and it's affordable. This lightweight headgear can virtually transport the wearer to any environment, playing 360 degree games, videos, and images.

Find it: Amazon

ATHLETES

12. FITBIT; $150

This sleek black bracelet keeps track of heart rate, steps, and sleep patterns.

Find it: Amazon

13. RUNNING BELT; $16

Running with a smartphone can be tricky, what with the lack of pockets. This subtle fanny pack offers a zippered belt to store items while jogging.

Find it: Amazon

14. INFUSER WATER BOTTLE; $12

Fruits like strawberries and lemons can give water a nice little kick. This water bottle has a chamber for fruits and vegetables that give the water a refreshing taste.

Find it: Amazon

15. DOGA; $4

Yoga is a lot more fun with a furry friend. This hardcover book comes with full color photographs and tutorials showing the reader how to incorporate their pets into their yoga routine.

Find it: Amazon

16. WODBOM BOX OF THE MONTH; $35

If your mom has hopped on the crossfit bandwagon, then get a box filled with related goodies. The Wodbom subscription service sends a different box each month filled with fun items, shirts, and snacks.

Find it: Wodbom

17. SUNSKIS; $58

These stylish, durable sunglasses are lightweight (they're made with polycarbonate), and, thanks to flexible arms, they stay put on your face—they won't slide down your mom's nose during a workout. They're not so expensive that mom will be kicking herself if she breaks them, but even if she does, it's not a big deal: They come with a lifetime warranty.

Find it: Sunskis

18. CHACOS OUTCROSS EVO 1.5 HIKING SHOE; $115


These hiking sneakers slip on and off easily, breathe well (and dry quickly) thanks to a mesh upper, and have an antimicrobial treatment to keep them—and your mom’s feet!—from getting too stinky.

Find it: Amazon

DIYERS

19. MAKE YOUR OWN HOT SAUCE; $35

Hot sauce tastes even better when it's homemade. This kit comes with gloves, bottles, ingredients, and everything needed to make five 6-ounce bottles of hot sauce at home.

Find it: UncommonGoods

20. FIX IT KIT; $30

This vegan leather case pretty much has all the tools your mom might need to fix things around the house. The case, which comes in black or pink, contains a hammer, flashlight, long-nose pliers, tape measure, screwdriver, interchangeable handle, four sockets, 10 screwdriver bits, and a socket extension.

Find it: UncommonGoods

21. DULUTH TRADING COMPANY RAILROAD STRIPED OVERALLS; $90


These adorable overalls are lightweight enough for summer, but come equipped with enough pockets—13 in total—to make your mom a walking tool box. The chest pocket system has pen slots, a cellphone sleeve, and a sunglass loop, and there's a deep utility pocket that's perfect for pliers.

Find it: Duluth Trading Company

22. TERRARIUM; $20

Why give mom flowers when you can give her a DIY garden that will let her express her creative side? This 5.9-inch-tall glass geometric case can house all sorts of succulents, moss, or any other items your mom wants to pack inside.

Find it: Amazon

JET SETTERS

23. SHRIMP TRAVEL PILLOW; $7

Have a humor-loving mother who loves to fly but hates neck trouble? This neck pillow will help mid-flight naps be more comfortable—and best of all, it looks like a gigantic shrimp. For Francophiles, there's also a croissant version.

Find it: Amazon

24. SCRATCH-OFF TRAVEL MAP; $30

Travelers can mark their progress on this world map by using a coin to scratch off areas of the map after they've visited. After enough trips, the maps will turn from gold to technicolor.

Find it: Amazon

25. MOUNTAIN HARDWARE CITYPASS TRAVEL DRESS; $90


This adorable dress dries quickly and resists wrinkles, making it perfect for the mom on the go.

Find it: Mountain Hardware

26. PACK THIS LIST; $5

When packing, it's good to have a mother around to ask "did you remember to bring...?" But who helps mothers pack? This helpful pad lists out all the usual things that someone might want to bring on a trip.

Find it: Amazon

27. CUSTOM SANDBOX CUBE; $100-$110

If your mother has a favorite beach, you can bottle up a piece of it for her to bring with her wherever she goes. Handmade in Massachusetts, these cube pendants are filled with a pinch of sand. Buyers can send in their own sand or choose some from one of the thousands of beaches the artist has in her Sand Bank.

Find it: UncommonGoods

28. BATMAN ROLLING LUGGAGE; $45

Now your mom can travel in style with this hardside rolling luggage. Four 360-degree wheels make it easy to turn on a dime and fight crime in the airport.

Find it: ThinkGeek

BOOK WORMS

29. NOVEL TEA TIN; $30

What first appears to be a Jane Austen novel is actually a tea tin. Each "book" comes with 12 servings of herbal mint tea leaves. If Pride and Peppermint isn't the right piece of punny literature, there's also Matcha Do About Nothing and Oliver Lemon Twist.

Find it: Amazon

30. BOOK PILLOWS; $25 - $50

Have a mom who loves to read long into the night? Give her a book that's at least comfortable to fall asleep on. These book-shaped pillows are perfect for cuddling with. Choose from Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Find it: ThinkGeek

31. BATHTUB CADDY; $40

Reading in the bath is a lot easier with a place to put the book. This bamboo stand balances over the lip of the tub and even has a place for a glass of wine.

Find it: Paper Source

32. SCRATCH-OFF BOOK POSTER; $35

Like the scratch-off map, this poster lets the owner show off. The chart has 100 "essential novels" with gold covers. As your mom works her way through the books, she can scratch off the foil and reveal a new cover underneath.

Find it: Pop Chart Lab

33. BICYCLE BOOK ENDS; $65

These carbon steel bookends look like a bicycle, suggesting that each book is a journey.

Find it: UncommonGoods

AUDIOPHILES

34. BEACH RADIO; $48

This turquoise radio combines the best of the old and the new: It comes with retro dials to help tune to the right radio station, and inside, there's a place to secretly connect a smart phone or iPod with an auxiliary cord.

Find it: Amazon

35. RECORD PLAYER BRIEFCASE; $70

Moms can take tunes on the go with this record player hidden in a briefcase. The baby blue device comes a with a 3-speed vinyl record player and mp3 player that takes USB and auxiliary inputs.

Find it: Amazon

35. MUSIC TRANSPOSITION RING; $17

This ring comes with a music transposition chart that can be kept on hand at all times. The lovely homage to music theory is both fashionable and practical.

Find it: UncommonGoods

36. WIRELESS HEADPHONES; $69

According to Lifewire, these lightweight headphones are the best bang for your buck. The Bluetooth-compatible device is adjustable and provides eight hours of use.

Find it: Amazon

DRINKERS

37. TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD; $9

Fans of literature and puns will be tickled by this clever book, which features cocktail recipes with names inspired by classic books. There are 65 recipes in total along with blurbs about the books' history, recipes for bar snacks, and charming illustrations.

Find it: Amazon

38. WINE TABLE; $22

Enjoying a glass of wine at the beach or on a picnic is suddenly very possible with a transportable table that can be speared into any soft ground. The 16-inch-long table has enough room for two glasses of wine, plus some snacks.

Find it: UncommonGoods

39. SPACE WINE TOTE; $5

If you decide to give your mom a bottle of wine this year, at least put it in a tote bag that she can enjoy in the future. The navy carrier comes with metallic silver constellations like the Little Dipper and Pisces.

Find it: ModCloth

40. BEER MAKING KIT; $32

Beer tastes so much better when someone you know brewed it. This kit provides everything needed to create an IPA right at home. With replacement ingredients, the whole kit is reusable.

Find it: Amazon

GEEKS

41. PI BLANKET; $20

This snuggly fleece blanket is covered with the first 413 digits of pi. The 45-inch-by-64-inch throw is perfect for cuddling up at home with some complicated math problems.

Find it: ThinkGeek

42. DOCTOR WHO COOKBOOK; $12

Have a Whovian for a mother? Now she can make all kinds of meals and treats loosely based on the popular franchise. The cookbook comes with 40 time-bending recipes to try.

Find it: Amazon

43. BEAKER SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS; $14

Cooking is a science, especially when the salt and pepper shakers look like beakers.

Find it: Amazon

44. DEATH STAR TEAPOT; $25

The Death Star is a lot less imposing when it's serving tea. Pick up the top and reveal a hidden teacup underneath.

Find it: ThinkGeek

45. SOLAR ORBIT NECKLACE; $40-$80

Deck your mom out in jewels that represent the planets of the solar system. The 18-inch chain comes with the sun, Mercury, Venus, the moon, Earth, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and of course Pluto.

Find it: ThinkGeek

46. MOTHER OF DRAGONS WINE GLASS; $15

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If you and your siblings ever acted up, your mom might have felt like a mother of dragons. Get her this set of stemless wine glasses with the Targaryen sigil as a nod to her patience.

Find it: HBO

ANIMAL LOVERS

47. BOSTON TERRIER UMBRELLA; $20

This umbrella has a bubble shape that allows your mom to protect her face from oncoming rain. It's clear so she can still see while walking, but is adorned with two fun illustrations of Boston terriers.

Find it: Amazon

48. CAT ZODIAC BOOK; $5

Horoscopes aren't just for humans: Now your mom can decode the perplexing actions of her pet with this cat zodiac book. Now when Socks knocks over a vase, she can chalk it up to typical Scorpio behavior.

Find it: Modcloth

ART LOVERS

49. FRIDA KAHLO DOLL; $19

This 11-inch-tall plus doll of painter Frida Kahlo is clad in a traditional Mexican dress and has a little monkey on her shoulder.

Find it: Amazon

50. ART SOCKS; $14

This set comes with eight pairs of socks, all dedicated to different pieces of artwork. Your mom's feet will love paying homage to the classics.

Find it: Amazon

51. STARRY NIGHT PUZZLE; $17

Van Gogh's Starry Night makes for a surprisingly good puzzle. This 1000-piece jigsaw promises a great family night trying to reconstruct the classic painting.

Find it: Amazon

52. GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS FIGURE; $49

Action figures aren't just for kids—moms will love them too, especially when they're modeled after classic paintings. Amazon has a whole collection of nefarious characters from Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Find it: Amazon

53. THE SCREAM BANDAGES; $6

Most moms have a few bandages hiding up their sleeves in case one of their children gets hurt. Arm your mom with special bandages featuring The Scream. There are 15 large strips in each tin (plus a free prize).

Find it: Amazon

BEAUTY ADDICTS

54. LIGHTED MIRROR; $19

Light-up mirrors are so helpful, your mother is going to wonder why you didn't buy her one sooner. The ring around the mirror gives off a natural hue with LED lights and offers magnification that helps her see tiny details for precise makeup application.

Find it: Amazon

55. FACE MASKS; $16

Face masks are one of the easiest ways to relax and take care of your skin. Mom will love these luxurious pre-moistened masks that come in great smells like aloe, wine, and avocado.

Find it: Amazon

56. BATH BOMBS; $27

Bath bombs can be a pricey luxury, but this set offers 12 for just $27. The scents included are angel, black raspberry vanilla, shower, beach, kiwi strawberry, lavender, lemongrass green tea, love, mango papaya, melon ball, shea and coconut, and Victorian rose.

Find it: Amazon

57. TOO FACED NEUTRAL EYE SHADOW; $59

A pallet of natural colored eye shadows is a must-have for any beauty maven. This highly regarded set from Too Faced is a win whether your mom is a summer or a winter.

Find it: Sephora

FOR MOMS WHO LOVE THE CLASSICS

58. FLOWERS

If you want to keep it traditional, you can't go wrong with a bouquet of flowers. The Bouqs is a wonderful flower company that gets its supplies from eco-friendly farms. You can order ahead or use their same-day delivery option.

Find it: The Bouqs

59. PERFUME

Mail your mom a fresh bottle of her signature scent with the ScentBird subscription service. There are over 450 different fragrances to choose from, which all come in .27 ounce bottles.

Find it: ScentBird

60. GIFT BASKETS

Harry and David has long been a favorite destination for family gifts. After all, who can resist their chocolate covered fruits or their sea salt caramels? And if your mom doesn't have a sweet tooth, the company offers gift baskets with things like coffee, wine, and other food items.

Find it: Harry and David

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15 Dad Facts for Father's Day
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Gather 'round the grill and toast Dad for Father's Day—the national holiday so awesome that Americans have celebrated it for more than a century. Here are 15 Dad facts you can wow him with today.

1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain in 1912 as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a contaminated public water supply in 1896.

2. George Washington, the celebrated father of our country, had no children of his own. A 2004 study suggested that a type of tuberculosis that Washington contracted in childhood may have rendered him sterile. He did adopt the two children from Martha Custis's first marriage.

3. In Thailand, the king's birthday also serves as National Father's Day. The celebration includes fireworks, speeches, and acts of charity and honor—the most distinct being the donation of blood and the liberation of captive animals.

4. In 1950, after a Washington Post music critic gave Harry Truman's daughter Margaret's concert a negative review, the president came out swinging: "Some day I hope to meet you," he wrote. "When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"

5. A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. Pooh was based on Robin's teddy bear, Edward, a gift Christopher had received for his first birthday, and on their father/son visits to the London Zoo, where the bear named Winnie was Christopher's favorite. Pooh comes from the name of Christopher's pet swan.

6. Kurt Vonnegut was (for a short time) Geraldo Rivera's father-in-law. Rivera's marriage to Edith Vonnegut ended in 1974 because of his womanizing. Her ever-protective father was quoted as saying, "If I see Gerry again, I'll spit in his face." He also included an unflattering character named Jerry Rivers (a chauffeur) in a few of his books.

7. Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics as a boxer.

8. Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks, united much of Western Europe through military campaigns and has been called the "king and father of Europe" [PDF]. Charlemagne was also a devoted dad to about 18 children, and today, most Europeans may be able to claim Charlemagne as their ancestor.

9. The voice of Papa Smurf, Don Messick, also provided the voice of Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith on Yogi Bear, and Astro and RUDI on The Jetsons.

10. In 2001, Yuri Usachev, cosmonaut and commander of the International Space Station, received a talking picture frame from his 12-year-old daughter while in orbit. The gift was made possible by RadioShack, which filmed the presentation of the gift for a TV commercial.

11. The only father-daughter collaboration to hit the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart was the 1967 hit single "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra.

12. In the underwater world of the seahorse, it's the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.

13. If show creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz had gotten his way, Gene Hackman would have portrayed the role of father Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch.

14. The Stevie Wonder song "Isn't She Lovely" is about his newborn daughter, Aisha. If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying during the song.

15. Dick Hoyt has pushed and pulled his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, through hundreds of marathons and triathlons. Rick cannot speak, but using a custom-designed computer he has been able to communicate. They ran their first five-mile race together when Rick was in high school. When they were done, Rick sent his father this message: "Dad, when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!"

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13 Rules for Displaying the American Flag
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With Memorial Day, Independence Day, and a few others, there's no lack of patriotic holidays in the United States. But one in particular is all about the star spangled banner that flies o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. Flag Day—June 14—is the official commemoration of the stars and stripes as the country's standard.

The flag was officially adopted on June 14, 1777 at the Second Continental Congress, and since then, Americans have flown it at their homes, written songs about it and a pledge to it, and emblazoned it on everything from sunglasses to swim trunks. An estimated 150 million American flags are sold every year, with 76 percent of Americans 65 years and older saying they or their family owns a flag. Even 62 percent of 18-24 year olds say they or their family owns one, according to the National Retail Federation [PDF].

Such an important emblem of American ideals brings with it strict decorum. In 1923, a group of organizations headed by the American Legion outlined the National Flag Code as a set of rules on how to correctly display the flag, which were then turned into law during World War II as the United States Flag Code [PDF]. There are some obvious stipulations, like making sure the flag never hits the ground. But there are some out-of-left-field requirements as well. For instance, per the code, the flag is to be considered a living thing.

Just in case you need a quick rundown of the flag dos-and-don'ts, here are some lesser-known rules for displaying the flag this Flag Day.

1. YOU CAN FLY THE FLAG UPSIDE DOWN.

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A protester marches with an upside-down American flag.
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The code goes to extreme lengths to define the rules of the flag, especially with regard to the position of the "union," or the blue field with the 50 state stars, being in certain positions. Obviously the best way to fly the flag is on a pole with the union up, but you can also fly it upside down—with one catch: you have to be in some serious trouble to do so.

Fly the flag upside down only "as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

2. NO FLAG CAN HOLD PROMINENCE OVER THE AMERICAN FLAG—THOUGH THERE ARE TWO EXCEPTIONS.

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For Americans, Old Glory is tops when it comes to the flag-flying game. But despite the general rule that it should always be the most prominent, it's not always the most important.

Section 7 of the flag code decrees that no flag should be placed above the flag of the United States, but one exception is that the flag of the United Nations can be flown in a superior position, although only at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

One other exception involves a church's pennant being allowed to fly above the American flag during services performed by naval chaplains while at sea. As for your house? It looks like you should definitely make sure the American flag is up top.

3. YOU CAN FLY MULTIPLE COUNTRY FLAGS, BUT OLD GLORY GETS DIBS.

The American, Mexican, and Arizona flags hanging on poles.
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If, say, Mexican-Americans want to display their heritage with the stars and stripes and the bandera nacional together, both are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and they should be equal in size.

But on U.S. soil the American flag should always be placed in a position of honor, meaning fly the flag to its own right (the viewer's left). If you have a few different country flags, the flags should be raised and lowered at the same time.

4. OTHER FLAGS GET SIMILAR TREATMENT.

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Fly your gay pride flag, your Chicago Cubs "W" banner, a ceremonial POW flag, your state standard, or any other kind of banner all you want. But pair it with the American flag, and a few different rules must take effect.

The flag of the United States should be at the center and at the highest point when grouped together. If you put multiple flags on a halyard of your boat, the U.S. flag should always be at the top.

5. YOU CAN PUT THE FLAG ON YOUR VEHICLE, BUT ONLY IN A CERTAIN WAY.

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The presidential motorcade shows the proper flag placement for the front of a car.
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When you want to get patriotic on the go, the code specifies that the flag shouldn't be draped over any sort of means of transportation, be it car, motorcycle, train, boat, subway, dune buggy, or whatever. Instead, it should be either fixed on a pole to the chassis or clamped on the right fender.

6. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT LAYING YOUR FLAG ON A PARADE FLOAT.

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Parades are a big part of American celebrations, and you'd better believe there are floats in those parades. These snail-paced, often extravagantly decorated vehicles might take ages to go a few blocks, but just because the flag might not catch wind doesn't mean it should be draped either. Treat a float like any other means of transportation and fly the flag vertically from a securely fastened staff.

If you're in a parade and carrying the flag in procession with other flags, the U.S. flag should be either on the marching right (like stage right) or in the front and center of the line.

7. YOU CAN FLY THE FLAG ALL YEAR ROUND IF IT'S NYLON.

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If a storm's coming, take down your flag. It's as easy as that. Despite the fact that the code says "the flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement," it does make an exception for "when an all weather flag is displayed."

An all-weather flag is one made from nylon, polyester, or other non-absorbent materials, which shouldn't be hard to find—most flags nowadays are meant to be flown outdoors and are made of all-weather materials. Best to leave that old cotton flag properly stored indoors.

8. GET THE UNION SIDE RIGHT WHEN HANGING THE FLAG FROM A WINDOW.

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When you don't have a flag pole at your disposal, you can just hang the flag—but make sure it's the right positioning. When displayed either horizontally against a wall or vertically hanging in a window, the union portion of the flag should be the uppermost part and to the flag's own right—that is, to the observer's left.

9. YOU CAN STILL FLY YOUR FLAG IN THE DARK.

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Lowering or taking down the flag at sunset isn't strictly enforced by the code, it's just a "universal custom." Yet when "a patriotic effect is desired," you can let that thing soar at all hours of the day and night so long as it's "properly illuminated" during the evening and hours of darkness.

10. YOU NEED TO BE GEOGRAPHICALLY INCLINED WITH YOUR STREET FLAG.

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Cities and towns across the country might want to adorn their fair streets with the stars and stripes, but even that has a strict set of rules.

When a city wants to fly the flag over the middle of the street, it needs to be suspended vertically with the union side of the flag pointing north on an east/west street or to the east on a north/south street.

11. MISSING SOME STARS ON YOUR FLAG? NO PROBLEM.

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Say you dig up a flag from before Hawaii and Alaska joined the United States. What's a person to do if they want to fly their throwback flag with only 48 stars? Unless you are an official curator of a museum of American history, you will be fined. Just kidding—display your historical flag with pride.

The 50-star flag is the official flag, designated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959 (although the design wouldn't be official until July 4, 1960). But any personal flags lacking the full 50 stars may be displayed as long as they are in good condition, and they should be treated with the same respect and rules as the official flag.

12. MAKE SURE TO DISPLAY IT DURING PARTICULAR DAYS.

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You don't necessarily have to mark your calendars since the code specifies how the flag "should be displayed on all days," but it does call out some highlights—so maybe mark your calendar after all.

Make sure to fly that flag on New Year's Day; Inauguration Day; Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday; Lincoln's birthday; Washington's birthday; National Vietnam War Veterans Day; Easter; Mother's Day; Armed Forces Day; Memorial Day; Flag Day; Father's Day; Independence Day; National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day; Labor Day; Constitution Day; Columbus Day; Navy Day; Veterans Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas; state holidays; states' dates of admission, and "such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States."

13. YOUR RIGHTS TO FLY THE FLAG IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING ARE UNCERTAIN.

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Sometimes it might seem a bit difficult to fly your flag when you live in a building with other tenants. The people in 3C could complain that the flag whipping in the wind is too loud or that it is obstructing their view. Most rental tenants and owners of co-ops and condominiums have to adhere to a certain set of ground rules that restricts flag-flying.

In general, your right to display the United States flag is protected by federal law via the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005. But it's not a complete protection. The law specifies that a condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association can put in "any reasonable restriction pertaining to the time, place, or manner of displaying the flag of the United States necessary to protect a substantial interest." So if the flag is a potential hazard or excessively restricts neighbors' views, you might be out of luck. It's also generally agreed that the law doesn't protect renters, adding an entirely different set of complications. You'll just have to figure out how to work around any confines your home happens to have.

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