The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivers more mail than most of us could even imagine. That is of course, unless you can imagine delivering mail to over 165 million addresses in the U.S.!

You would think that common sense would rule supreme when it comes to what you can and what you can't send to someone through the mail. But apparently, that is not always the case, and some products surprisingly are allowed to be mailed.

Because of that, we've rounded up eight items that (for the most part) you cannot mail through the USPS in Iowa.

Alcohol, liquor, wine
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Forget about sending, wine, beer, or liquor ("except in limited circumstances").

Cigars, cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco
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Cigars, Cigarettes, or Smokeless Tobacco

Cigars may be mailed domestically in some instances.

Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco can only  be mailed in specific circumstances including:

  • Intra-Alaskan and intra-Hawaiian shipments
  • Business/regulatory purposes
  • Small-quantity “gift” shipments to individuals
  • Individual returns of an unacceptable tobacco product to a manufacturer
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According to USPS regulations, "only licensed manufacturers and dealers may mail or receive handguns. Even though unloaded rifles and shotguns are mailable, mailers must comply with applicable regulations"

cat and dog
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Live Animals

This again seems like a pretty common sense item, but- -in general, this is a big no-no. However, there are certain circumstances and specific packaging requirements to mail some animals (poultry, reptiles, and bees).

gasoline can
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This product is absolutely banned from being mailed anywhere, at all.

family & fireworks
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Just like gasoline, it should go without saying, that illegally mailing fireworks poses a hazard to postal service employees and the public alike.

Prescription medications
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Medicines or prescriptions

Prescription medications may only be mailed by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registered distributors. 

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It doesn't matter if it's medical marijuana or not. You may not mail it anywhere via the USPS.

Source: United States Postal Service

11 Things You’ll Only Understand After Living in South Dakota

From soda to pop to sloppy Joes, different parts of of the country have their own local quirks and language. Simple phrases can have totally different means, local events may seem weird, and food may go by a unique name.

If you're new to South Dakota here is a sort of translation guide for some odd things you may see or hear.

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns

Iowa Palmer Company's Twin Bing Products

Can you even really claim to live in this part of the country if you've never had a Twin Bing?


"It consists of two round, chewy, cherry-flavored nougats coated with a mixture of chopped peanuts and chocolate. The Twin Bing was introduced in the 1960s," -Wikipedia

Not only has the TB been a staple of the Sioux Empire for over half a decade, but the makers of the classic candy have also infused the unique cherry and chocolate flavor into lots of other things.

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis


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