June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, which is great, but can also be boring. For instance, Thursday and Friday are Fresh Veggies Day and Eat Your Vegetables Day, respectively. But first things first: today is Sewing Machine Day -- 24 hours during which we honor the sewing machine, which was invented in France in the 1830s and patented in 1846 here in the U.S. of A. (Before that, people couldn't wear clothes and walked around naked). And speaking of the U.S. of A. Tuesday is Flag Day. Flag Day is not particularly obscure, nor does it need much of an explanation -- as opposed the laptop case at right, which could definitely use some sort of explanation.
It's a day that celebrates the flag. But there is a lot of obscure information surrounding the Stars and Stripes -- including the rules of what to do and what not to do with Old Glory.
For instance, the flag is usually flown only from sunrise to sunset. If it is flown at night, there should be a light on it. Make that a light shining on it, not actually on it, like the couch at right.
Additionally, the flag should be briskly raised at sunrise, but lowered slowly and ceremoniously at sunset. (Advice we could all live by, don't you think?)
Like a cake or other dessert treat, the flag should not be out in the rain or bad weather.
After a tragedy or death, the flag should be lowered to half staff (or half mast if you're on a ship).
And the American flag should get top billing, baby. State flags, Chick-fil-A flags, Denver Broncos flags and other, assorted flags should all fly below it on the flagpole.
Never let your flag touch the ground. Never, ever, ever.
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Fold the flag when you put it away, and if gets tattered, torn or faded, retire it by buring it or burying it, not by tossing it in the trash can.
But that's where our guidelines end.
So, much like the Constitution, the flag rules are open to interpretation, which has led to many, many other uses, including sticky notes -- uses that are not specifically addressed.