Oct 6 - Geezer's Blog - National Denim and Mad Hatter's Day

posted by Dave Lehner - 

The Bottom Line: This year, October 6th is Lee National Denim Day!

The Full Story:

This year, October 6th is Lee National Denim Day! This day is one of the most comfortable fundraisers you can have for breast cancer. Ever since 1996, Lee National Denim Day has focused on one philosophy: “One day, One cause, One cure.” It all started when several Lee Jeans employees realized that each of them, in one form or another, had been touched by breast cancer. An everyday conversation sparked an idea and led to the creation of Lee National Denim Day, which has become one of the largest single-day fundraisers nationwide for breast cancer.

How do you participate? Donate $5 and wear jeans to work. Does it work? Well, about $93-million has been raised since 1996 – so YES! CLICK HERE to see how you can get involved!

The Bottom Line: Learn more about hats!

The Full Story:

  • London black taxies are made tall so that a gentleman can ride in them without taking off a top hat.
  • In the middle of 19th century, baseball umpires wore top hats during the game.
  • White tall chef hats traditionally have 100 pleats to represent hundreds of ways an egg can be prepared. They were invented by cuisine inventors Marie-Antoine Carème and Auguste Escoffier as a method of establishing hierarchy in the kitchen.
  • It is said that when John Hetherington wore one of the first top hats in 1797 in the streets, he was arrested for scaring the people. He ended up in court and paid 50 pounds sterling.
  • The process of making felt involved use of mercury, which is toxic. Exposure can cause damage in nervous system, tremors and dementia. From that originates phrase, “Mad as a hatter.”
  • Fedora was first a women’s hat than men’s. Now it is both.
  • In 1920s there was an odd custom in America that it was common that if people wore straw hats after September 15th they were beaten up.
  • Vikings never wore horned helmets.
  • Those who supply men’s hats are called hatters while those who supply women’s hats are called milliners.
  • In 1814, French Magician Louis Comte was credited as the first to pull a rabbit out of a top hat.
  • There’s a law in Wyoming that prohibits wearing of a hat that obstructs a view in a theater or some other place of amusement.
Mad Hatters Day

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