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- Remove your hat when meeting a woman for the first time.
- Remove your hat when talking to a superior or elder.
- Remove your hat when starting a conversation with a woman.
- Remove your hat while eating for a few different reasons: 1. It shows respect to the people that prepared the meal. 2. It shows that you plan on staying a while and are enjoying the conversation.
- Never place your hat on the dinner table.
- It is considered rude to show the inside of your hat while holding it. Always keep it close to your chest.
- An older rule is to remove your hat when entering a building of any kind. Now it is more acceptable to leave it on, but you should still remove it when entering a church (does not apply to women) or someone’s home. You may remove your hat in an elevator, and should remove it if a woman gets on with you.
- Remove your hat for prayer.
- Remove your hat for the National Anthem and posting of the American flag.
- Remove your hat when a funeral procession is passing or when the casket passes you while attending a funeral.
- You should tip, or doff, your hat when thanking a stranger for a service, passing an acquaintance, or when excusing yourself to a woman (such as bumping in to her accidentally).
- Never touch another man’s hat.
- It is considered bad luck to wear a hat backwards.
- Never set your hat down on the brim, you’ll pour out your luck.
- The bow in the back of the hat is said to represent a skull and crossbones. Hatters used to use mercury to finish a hat. The chemical would either kill them or make them crazy. This is also where the term “mad as a hatter” comes from.
- It is bad luck to place a hat on the bed.