Thursday, March 17, 2016

Post Cubbins: Hat 517 - Patty O'Furniture Edition

Green polyurethane foam leprechaun hat by Elope Inc., with orange polyester beard also from Elope. Both were manufactured in China.

This seasonally appropriate hat was left anonymously in my office cubicle some months ago along with a press release describing it as a "Lepre-Con 2016 Instant Leprechaun Makeover Kit." As far as I can figure, the gear - and the press release - were aimed at drumming up participation for a February 13, 2016, Las Vegas event billed as the World's Largest Leprechaun Gathering. (As opposed to say, a gathering of the world's largest leprechauns, a conclave to which I in my finery might be better suited.)

I can't resist the opportunity to share my favorite and corniest (or perhaps corned-beefiest) Irish joke:

Q: Who is the first Irishman out in the Spring?
A: Patty O'Furniture.

Groan as you will. I didn't promise it'd be highbrow. A tip o' the leprechaun lid to the good doctor for the shamrock which ended up being today's number card.

Hat 516: That's So Funnel
Hat 295: Shamrock Shaker
Hat 137: Luck o' the Irish

Q: OK, fun hat but what is -- or was -- Project Cubbins, exactly?

A: Project Cubbins started as one man’s attempt to pay homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," during its 75th anniversary year in 2013. It documented the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days with no do-aheads, no banking of hats and no retroactive entries. Hat One was posted on May 27, 2013, and Hat 500 was posted on October 8, 2014.

While headgear is no longer posted on a daily basis, the occasional cap, hat or bonnet – if deemed worthy and non-duplicative – is sported here for the amusement of all.

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