Mad Hatter Day, celebrated annually on October 6, promotes the perfect excuse to be silly. No formal invitation to tea is required. The only rule of the day is to fill it with hilarity.
Out of what I can only imagine to be bored silly, in 1986 a group of techies in Boulder Colorado, conceived the idea while attempting to crack the cyber code that would earn them billions.
Though they didn’t achieve the status of Steve Jobs, they can claim boasting rights to the creation of this day because by 1988, it had gained national recognition.
To refresh your memory, watch the film version of “Alice In Wonderland” and reacquaint yourself with the Mad Hatter. He presided at the famous tea party and taunted Alice with wacky statements.
As you view the movie, pause on a scene from the tea party and zero in on the character’s top hat. He committed an embarrassing faux pas by neglecting to remove the oversized price tag.
“In this style 10/6” the tag reads, leading to the popular interpretation of a British retail price of 10 shillings and sixpence. The numerical figure was adopted as the date on which Mad Hatter Day would take place.
Why are hatters mad? Because during an era predating OSHA, hatters used mercury in the felting and curing process. Long-term exposure led to trembling limbs, distorted vision, hallucinations and signs of dementia.
Celebrate the day by wearing an ensemble of mismatched clothing along with an orange-haired wig crowned by a top hat. Consider wearing your clothes inside out. The idea is to give the appearance of being crazed.
For the full effect, include blurting out every nonsensical thought that enters your mind. This is a day to shed your verbal inhibitions and throw caution to the wind. If you enjoy living dangerously, take your act to work.
Alternately, you can host your own version of a mad tea party. Request that your guests dress accordingly and be prepared to conduct themselves in the silliest manner.
No one will need to chase a white rabbit through a tunnel to get to this party. As your guests arrive just tip your hat, pour some tea and wish all of them a happy Mad Hatter Day.