Facts: In 1986 a group of computer people came up with Mad Hatter Day inspired by the drawings of the Mad Hatter by John Tenniel in Alice in Wonderland. In 1988 it was first recognized as a national holiday. The date was chosen because on the original Mad Hatter’s hat “10/6” was written on a piece of paper. This actually means that the hat in that style cost 10 shillings and sixpence. An interesting fact to include here is that in the 8th century mercury was used in the making of hats in a process called “carroting”. Mercury poisoning caused some of the hatters to go mad. Perhaps this is why the Mad Hatter is mad?
Suggestions: There are many ways that you can observe this fun holiday. The key to it all is to act silly and have fun. Wear multiple layers of clothing, mix and don’t match your clothes, sport a tie around your head, annoy friends, and, of course, wear a crazy hat upon your head.
How will you be celebrating Mad Hatter Day? Please leave your comments below.