I think everyone knows about the Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland. That odd character who you wonder about their sanity. That’s probably because in Lewis Carroll’s day the people who made hats used mercury in the production, constant use of mercury drove the hatters crazy, literally! The 10/6 stuck in Lewis Carroll’s creation’s hat is probably the cost of the hat, 10 shillings and sixpence. The day was created by a group of computer programmers in Boulder, Colorado in 1986. Is mercury used in programming computers? That would explain a lot!
How to celebrate – Learn how to make a hat! Read Alice In Wonderland. Watch one of the many movies based on Alice and her Adventures.
July 4th Alice In Wonderland Day
While most of the United States are celebrating their Independence perhaps you can do something a little different, how about celebrating Alice In Wonderland Day! Lewis Carroll wrote Alice In Wonderland after spending the day with 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters, a co-worker’s children, on a boat in the UK. Finishing the first book, “Alice In Wonderland” in 1864, he continued to add volumes such as “Through The Looking Glass” and “What Alice Found There” and characters such as the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Wow, that must have been some boat ride!
How to celebrate – Celebrate an Alice In Wonderland Day Tea Party instead of a 4th of July BBQ! Dress up like the Mad Hatter. Read the whole Lewis Carroll series.
Besides Alice, the Mad Hatter is probably the best known character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I have to wonder what drug Lewis Carrol was on when he wrote this story. Maybe he was a little to close to his local hat maker, since most hats were made using mercury early on in history, and hat makers often went mad – hence the Mad Hatter. The 10/6 in his hat is probably the cost of the hat, 10 shillings and a sixpence. Today was created in 1986 by a computer group in Boulder, Colorado, who were probably bored, and maybe even driven a little mad themselves! Okay, maybe a lot. The intent of the day is being silly for the day, which can be fun for everyone, so long as it does not get carried away.
How to celebrate – Be silly! Wear the Mad Hatter’s hat. Read Alice in Wonderland.
Oct. 6th National Mad Hatter Day
We all know the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s, “Alice In Wonderland”. The artwork originally was all done by Sir John Tenniel for Carroll concerning the Mad Hatter. Since this all came from the late 1800’s they may have actually engaged in business with Mad Hatters. Haberdasheries made their hats with mercury, which prolonged use generally drove the hat artist insane. While we view this as humorous in Alice’s world, I doubt it was the same in the real world! The 10/6 in the Mad Hatter’s hat probably stood for the price of the hat, 10 schillings and a 6 pence. However, if you look at most of the characters in Alice In Wonderland it’s interesting to think he may have been one of the more sane citizens of the land.
How to celebrate – Dress up like the Mad Hatter. Read Alice
In Wonderland. Pretend to be Alice!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written in 1986 by Charles Lutwedge Dodgson (an English mathematician), included the Mad Hatter because it was a perfect character for this upside down storm (pun intended). Oh, and Dodgson used the name Lewis Carroll to keep his real identity private (it wouldn’t look good for a mathematician to be creating such and odd fairytale).
There really were mad hatters throughout Europe in the 8th century when hatters used mercury in their production. The process was called “carroting” which required direct human contact with mercury. The mercury would eventually drive the hatters insane, but at first they would just appear a little silly and out of step with the rest of the world.
There was even a time when hatters were thought to be dangerous, and maybe they were. Typically, the Mad Hatter appears in a top hat with a sign on it indicating 10/6, which is believed to be the price of the hat, 10 shillings and sixpence. However Dodgson wrote the character as being less threatening and more quirky which is basically how we see the character today.
Mad Hatter day was created in 1986 by a group of computer people in Boulder, Colorado. It is based more on the Lewis Carroll character than those men, and women, who actually went totally bonkers.
How to celebrate – Dress up like the Mad Hatter and see if anyone notices. Do silly things and blame it on the day. Read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
Perhaps one of the best remembered days in American History is the Boston Tea Party! They weren’t really Native Americans but patriots who threw the tea…
… what? Oh, not that tea party? Well then, never mind.
The tea party. Well, who doesn’t remember being invited to a tea party. The biggest problem I have had with the tea party is that there has rarely actually been any tea served! The East India Tea Company would be appalled!
Tea is a refreshing beverage, it can be served straight up or mixed with numerous different flavors. Most tea parties serve the tea as hot, or at least it starts out hot. Normally served in tiny little cups that any adult can finish in one swallow. There are, however adult tea parties where you generally not only get a full cup of tea but cookies with it!
But tea can be served cold too and there is no hard and fast rule that says tea for two Tuesday has to be celebrated with hot tea (I am not sure there are actually any rules for Tea For Two Tuesday. Other than perhaps it be done on a Tuesday, but that rule is probably not set in stone either).
Tea for Two Tuesday was created by Holiday Insights in March of 2016… and by every little girl that ever existed.
How to celebrate – Plan your own Tea For Two Tuesday today. It really isn’t about the tea, it’s about spending time with a loved one, so give up an hour of your day for them. Plan your tea party complete with decorations, snacks and whether you will serve hot or cold tea. Invite someone special to your tea party.
Today is the one day of the year you can say what you mean and not mean it at all! It can also be a very dangerous day if the person you are interacting with is not aware it is opposite day. If you say that you don’t love someone, if the person is aware it’s opposite day they know you love them, but if they don’t… watch out!
Some say that opposite day was created during Calvin Coolidge’s administration in the 1920’s. Some people in the Country felt they were getting rich, but we all know they were about to lose all in the 1930’s. Some felt Coolidge was a good president, or did they?
Other say that opposite day came from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland”. Obviously things in the underworld were different, but were they really opposite? Of course, Lewis Carroll wasn’t really Lewis Carroll, he was really Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. The other male members of his family were nearly all military officers in the British army but he became a children’s book writer. However, if you actually read the book, was it written for children at all!?!
How it came sbout doesn’t really matter… Or does it? Because it is one more day for ys to cellebrate silliness!
How to celebrate – Don’t celebrate opposite day! Don’t enjoy the day! and by all means DON’T have any fun today (Ha, ha…you see what I did there).
Oct. 6th Mad Hatter Day
The actual term Mad Hatter comes from the men, and women, who originally made hats because of their exposure to mercury, which drove most of them insane. The original term was actually, Mad as a Hatter.
Of course its fame now comes from “Alice In Wonderland”, with the meaning just to be silly. The day was created in 1986 by technicians’ in Boulder Colorado. The piece of paper stuck in the hat of the Mad Hatter that reads “In this style, 10/6. It is believed that this stands for the size and price of the hat being made.
How to celebrate – Find an odd looking hat you can wear today. Watch “Alice In Wonderland”. Create a list of all the “Mad Hatters” you know.