Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Project Cubbins: Hat 142 - Straw Man Edition

Day 42 / Hat 142: J. Jill  wide-brimmed  straw paper and polyester hat with coordinating straw trim and grosgrain-ribbon-lined brim. Interior tag reads: "Made in China."

Loaned to the Project by cube farm compatriot Jenn Harris -- who earns today's tip o' the hat. One more and she gets ... wait for it ... a hat-trick!

Speaking of which, have you ever wondered where the awesome headgear-related term "hat-trick" -- referring to a troika of goals or scores -- came from? A quick search found that we owe it to the game of cricket.

Here's an entry from the Extended Oxford English Dictionary 1999 Edition (cited in the Wikipedia entry for hat-trick) :

"It came into use after HH Stephenson took three wickets in three balls for the all-England eleven against the twenty-two of Hallam at the Hyde Park ground, Sheffield in 1858. A collection was held for Stephenson (as was customary for outstanding feats by professionals) and he was presented with a cap or hat bought with the proceeds."

And now we know!

PC 141: Late Night Red Rock
PC 140: Great (Jeremy) Scott!
PC 128: Skywalker/Firefighter

OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1

Got hats? If you loan 'em, you'll get e'm back safe and sound!

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