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Put Down That Plate and Step Away From the Sink, Ma'am

Forget about using a dish towel in the state of Oregon or in Minneapolis. Letting china air-dry is the only allowable way.

In Florida, you're in trouble if you shatter more than three dishes per day, or chip the edges of more than four cups and/or saucers. If you get your kicks tossing plates, don't try it from any window above the ground floor of a house or apartment in Freeport, Illinois.

In Kansas, you can't stack plates more than eight high.
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