Interesting facts about hats

1) Men's knitted hats are more popular with earflaps. Judging by the number of requests in Yandex, men are interested in knitted hats about 2 times more often than with earflaps: 11, 633 and 6, 126 requests per month, respectively.

2) In South Sudan, they wear hats made from their own hair. The Nuers and Langs of South Sudan have been making hats out of their own hair since antiquity. The height of such hats reaches half a meter, and the weight is several kilograms. Similarly, they disposed of their hair in Ancient Egypt. Upon reaching adulthood, the Egyptians shaved their heads, and made wigs from their hair, which were removed at night. They considered this approach to wearing "hats" to be hygienic and comfortable. I wonder what is warmer - an ordinary men's knitted hat or a hat made of hair?

3) The Monomakh hat is the most "precious" hat in the world. The symbol of the Russian autocracy, the Monomakh hat was made in the 15th century. It is adorned with more than 6 precious stones (pearls, rubies, emeralds) and a sable edge.

4) The cap with earflaps originated from the Mongolian malakhai. The Mongolian cap was a cone-shaped cap made of sheepskin. Such a man's hat was indispensable in winter: its wide lapels protected the faces and cheeks of the warriors of the Tatar-Mongol horde from the wind and snowstorm. Later, the sheepskin lapels of the malakhaevs began to be cut vertically on the sides, the resulting "ears" could be tied at the back of the rider's head when the weather warmed. The legendary men's caps with earflaps, which became popular in Russia in the 16th-17th centuries and were called "treukh", originated from such malakhais. It is noteworthy that now a cap with earflaps is a symbol of a man's cap for the winter, but at first it was mainly rich Russian women who sported them, who adorned their coats with expensive fabrics and stones.

5) By the hat of the Indian it was possible to determine how many enemies he destroyed. The North American Indians prided themselves on the number of scalps removed, which determined the number of eagle feathers stuck in their hair - the same “hat” of feathers you know from Indian movies.

6) The expression "nodding acquaintance" explains the depth of the relationship. This expression, meaning a superficial acquaintance with someone, is associated with a 19th century tradition. When just acquaintances met on the street, they just raised their hats as a sign of greeting, and only friends shook hands.

7) The Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland" was insane because of mercury. The fact is that in Carroll's time, mercury was used in the production of felt hats, from the toxic fumes of which people involved in this craft experienced tremors, increased excitability, disordered coordination of movements and hallucinations often began.

8) Foil caps protect against telepathic influences. This assumption was made by Julian Huxley in his story "The King of the Plexus". Supporters of various conspiracy theories have enthusiastically embraced the idea and argue that such headgear will protect them from the influence of special services and aliens.

9) The military hat shako replaced the travel bag. Huge shako hats, which were part of the uniforms of the grenadiers of the Russian army, were used during long marches as travel bags: they were stuffed to the brim with various foods - fruits, bread, cheese ...

10) The pom-pom on the cap was designed to protect the head of French sailors. Previously, the ship rooms had low ceilings, and in general it was cramped. A pom-pom on a cap protected the sailor's head from accidentally hitting his head against the ceiling. Now the ceilings have become higher, but the red pom-pom on the French sailor's peakless cap still reminds of those times.