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Hat Facts!

The big list of all the hat facts which have appeared on the front page...

We're collecting a series of interesting pieces of hat related trivia, the front page displays the most recently added "Hat Fact" but the rest of them are listed here.

If you have an interesting hat related fact which you'd like to contribute to the collection, let us know by using the contact form over there on the left...

Last edited by: LP - 2003-06-05 12:58:17

Hat Facts!
Last Updated: 2003-06-05 12:25:20 By: LP

"When soft panama hats came into vogue it was hard to tip ones hat from the brim as one might with a stiff derby - instead the hat was held by the crown. In time the pich fedora was born."
Credit: Stefan of

Last Updated: 2003-06-05 12:56:18 By: LP

The sporting term "Hat Trick" (meaning 3 goals scored in a match) originates from the cricket, c.1877.

A bowler who took 3 wickets in succession was awarded a new cap by his club to commemorate the feat.
Credit: Unknown, but backed up by google

Last Updated: 2003-06-23 13:06:33 By: LP

Bowler Hats are so named because they were initially designed and manufactured by Messrs Thomas and William Bowler
Source: The Void

Last Updated: 2003-07-02 16:02:14 By: LP

A British law was implemented in 1732 which restricted the manufacturing of hats in the colonies of America. This was done to protect the fiber industry in England.

Last Updated: 2003-07-22 17:33:31 By: lp

The phrase "If that's not true, I'll eat my hat" is said to originate from the reign of Charles II in England. Apparently they named a goat after him that had his same love of life which included, in the goat's case, eating hats.
- Source

Last Updated: 2003-08-26 23:09:23 By: LP

There's a new game sweeping the UK (well, Part of Farnham in Surrey at least) It's all about trying to kick a hat from your foot to your head... See for the gory details!
- Source: The B3ta newsletter

Last Updated: 2003-10-17 12:24:45 By: lp

The Fedora hat is apparently named after a woman in a french play (Called, "Fédora") written by Victorien Sardou in 1882.
- Sources: The Void, Radio 4, and

Last Updated: 2005-09-30 18:05:32 By: mike

The inventor of the Top Hat, John Hethrington, was fined £50 in 1797 for "appearing on the public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure having a shining lustre and calculated to frighten timid people".
-Source Thanks to Orin for the tip.

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