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The Mad Hatter

Today, my dearies, is the International Mad Hatter Day, so naturally today’s hottie is none other than the Mad Hatter himself.

Hatta, the Hatter is a fictional character from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Even though he usually goes by the name “The Mad Hatter”, this term was never used by Carroll himself, however Hatta is pointed out as mad by the Cheshire Cat, and I think you’ll all agree that his behavior is rather eccentric.

Together with the March Hare he is hosting an endless tea party to avoid execution. They entertain and annoy each other with changing places randomly and asking riddles without answers, such as “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”.

The term “mad as a hatter” stems from the time when mercury was used in the making of hats. Hat makers inhaled the fumes which led to neurological damage, including confused speech and distorted vision. However, Hatta does not show any of the typical symptoms of mercury poisoning, and might in fact be modeled after an eccentric furniture dealer called Theophilus Carter. Carter invented an alarm clock bed that tipped sleepers out to wake them up, and later owned a furniture shop in Oxford. He became known as “the Mad Hatter” from his habit of standing in the door of his shop wearing a top hat. Sir John Tenniel, the illustrator of Carroll’s novels, is reported to have come to Oxford especially to sketch him for his illustrations.

The Mad Hatter is a popular character who has been portrayed by many different people and in many different shapes and forms. Here are a few:

Now hat up people and go mad, it’s tea time!

Love, Elin

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2 responses

  1. Because neither is like a herring on a horse…

    October 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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