The list of things that you can legally place in a mailbox is relatively short.

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Here's the list:  Mail. (And it has to be properly addressed, and have postage on it.)

Just Slip it in My Mailbox

The topic arose (and it got arguably more heated than it should have) at work the other day when a coworker casually mentioned dropping an item off for a friend who wasn't home, so he simply left it in the friend's mailbox.

This led to a heated discussion.

Which led to the Internet.

Which led me down a rabbit hole.

Sure enough, the United States Post Office makes it clear on its website:

"The U.S. Postal Service would like to warn people that only authorized U.S. Postal Service delivery personnel are allowed to place items in a mailbox.  By law, a mailbox is intended only for receipt of postage-paid U.S. Mail."

Clearly, I won this particular work argument and am enjoying the feeling of superiority.

(Side Note:  My dad was a Postmaster in Northern Michigan for about 100 years, so I guess I unwittingly absorbed some knowledge on this topic as a kid.)

You Can Keep Your Menus and Flyers

And yes, this means that restaurants can't legally stuff their menus in your mailbox. The restriction also extends to new businesses hoping to get a little free publicity and civic groups, advertising fundraisers.

This goes for Amazon as well. Amazon's drivers are not permitted to put packages not shipped by USPS in your mailbox.

What About Hotel Keys?

What is it, 1920? Back in the day - before hotels installed key-card systems - it was legal to drop a forgotten hotel key in a US mailbox. The post office would then deliver those keys back to the hotels, with the burden of postage resting with the hotel owners.

How Much Did Stamps Cost the Year You Were Born?

Here's a look at the cost of postage throughout the years, beginning in 1863. The price listed is for letters weighing up to one ounce.

These Are the Most Dangerous Stretches of I-75 in the State of Michigan

It probably comes as no surprise to you that the 10 most dangerous stretches of I-75 in Michigan are all in the Metro Detroit area.

Let's take a look.

Former Piston Jonas Jerebko's $4 Million Mansion

This stunning mansion in Rochester has actually been owned by two former members of the Detroit Pistons.

Ben Gordon, who played for the team from 2009 to 2012 sold it to Jonas Jerebko in 2016. Jerebko has attempted to sell it a few times over the years with no luck.

It's on the market again, this time for just under $4 million.

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