I thought I knew a lot about what is permissible and what isn't when it comes to things you can send through the US Mail in Missouri. I learned there are more than a dozen things that aren't allowable that actually surprised me and maybe they will you, too.

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My dad was a postal carrier and eventually postal clerk at the Hannibal, Missouri post office for more than three decades. As the only child of a postal worker, you'd think I'd know more about what's OK and what's not OK to mail. You would be wrong to make that assumption.

I did some digging on the US Postal Service shipping restrictions website and found a dozen or so items that you either cannot mail under any circumstances or are extremely limited. Some are obvious and others are definitely not. Here they are.

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The thermometer and barometer restriction surprised me. Dynamite didn't. I also thought that alcohol was OK to ship, but that's a no-no, too.

Since I've more than proven my unworthiness as a postal service expert, make sure to check the official US Postal Service shipping restrictions website for details, updates and even more items I didn't have room to mention.

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