Mad Hatter Day began in on October 6, 1986, among a group of computer folks in Boulder CO. The date was chosen for two reasons. First, it gives us a second day of silliness almost half a year from April 1. Secondly, in the famous John Tenniel illustrations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter has a sign in his hat that reads, “In this style 10/6.” As some have pointed out, in Britain, this would make the day June 10, but since the holiday originated in the U.S., the day to celebrate is October 6.
Think of today as a kinder, gentler April Fools. It’s not a day for playing tricks on others, but rather a day for doing something silly, or perhaps, looked at another way, it’s a day to do something sane. After all, what’s so sensible about wearing a small noose around your neck to look important or business-like, or wearing the shoes many women put on to look glamorous or serious? If nothing else, take the day at face value and wear a crazy hat. You can always take it off when you get to work. At any rate, break from the routine. Ask silly riddles or tell silly jokes. If you need ideas, check out 6 Stupid Yet Entertaining Games To Play In The Office Whilst Your Boss Isn’t Looking. But whatever you do, have fun!
Quotes from the Alice books.
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
“Have I gone mad?”
“I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.”
“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.
It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.
The time has come
The walrus said
To talk of many things:
Of shoes- and ships-
And sealing wax-
Of cabbages and kings-
And why the sea is boiling hot-
And whether pigs have wings.
Curiouser and curiouser!
And quotes about hats
A great hat speaks for itself.–Unknown
Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special.–Margo Nickel
We’re out to prove a great hat can change your day.–Plaza Suite hats
The rush of power to the head is not as becoming as a new hat.–Helen Van Slyke
If a woman rebels against high heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat.–George Bernard Shaw
Women who wear hats know who they are.–Unknown
I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and has a wide brim with a red ribbon around the band. It gives me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. People are generous in their compliments. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it.–Erma Bombeck
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