October 6th National Mad Hatter Day

Today is Mad Hatter Day. It’s a day where you can truly go crazy if you want! After all, most hatters went mad. Of course it came from the use of mercury in the process of making hats called “carrotting”.

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Lewis Carroll put the Mad Hatter into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to prove she had dropped into a world of insanity. (Duh!) And today is celebrate on October 6th because of the tag stuck in the Hatter’s hat, 10/6, which is believed to have actually been the cost of ten schillings and six pence it would cost the buyer. Of course, those were the prices back in the 18th century.

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I’m not sure why the Mad Hatter was included in the story by Carroll, but then… why were any of the other characters there either. Considering Carroll was actually Charles Lutwidge Dodgson maybe he was hiding something. He was born in 1832 and died in 1898.

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I also wonder if Carroll considered himself a Mad Hatter. After all, this story had been floating around in his head before he actually wrote it down. And to quote Carroll, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do.”

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Maybe there is a reason why the Mad Hatter is one of the few intelligent characters in Alice’s Adventures… if you are mad and you know it, you have beaten half of the battle.

How to celebrate – Start making hats! Read, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. See if you can find a hole to fall into.