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The 10 Hat Commandments

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I. Never handle your hat or anyone else’s by the crown. It leaves fingerprints and breaks down the fabric. Always pick up a hat by the brim, and adjust it on your head by holding the front and back of the brim.
   
II. The safest place to keep your hat is on your head.
   
III. Anytime you take it off, set it upside down on its crown. Otherwise it’ll lose its shape and all your luck will spill out too.
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IV. Never leave your hat in a hot car, closet, or anywhere else that gets hot. It’ll shrink.
   
V. If you get caught in the rain and your hat gets wet, let it dry out slowly. Same reason as above.
   
VI. Never put on anybody else’s hat, and don’t take it kindly if they put on yours.
   
VII. If you’re handling somebody their hat, give it to them upside down, back towards you. Otherwise, if they don’t look, they’re apt to put their hat on backwards. This is bad luck and you’d look bad too.
   
VIII. When you meet a woman, tip your hat to her.
   
IX. Take your hat off if you sit down at a table to eat. Leave it on if you’re at the counter.
   
X. Once a week wipe your hat with a sponge, and when it starts to get loaded with trail dust, have it blocked and cleaned by a professional.