Holiday turns sanity into madness
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 14:10
A different sort of holiday has students wondering why it isn’t celebrated on the A-State campus.
On Oct. 6, the day will be dedicated to celebrating silliness. This celebration is known as Mad Hatter Day.
Sara Ray, a senior vocal music education major of Paragould, didn’t know the holiday existed.
“Most holidays are so serious and not necessarily fun or exciting, so I like the idea of a holiday dedicated strictly to being silly.”
According to the Carnegie Mellon University website, Mad Hatter Day began in Boulder, Co. in 1986 when some ‘computer-folk’ were bored one day.
They announced the day on computer networks and the following year it gained minor recognition. In 1988, it was recognized as an official holiday by businesses in the area and it received some press coverage.
Jessica Maddox, a junior exercise science major of Carlisle, makes the reference to the “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” character.
“It sounds like a great excuse to have a themed tea party,” Maddox said. “I would love to attend a tea party like the one in the Alice in Wonderland movie. It would be really crazy though.”
Many connect the holiday to the beloved, crazy character Johnny Depp portrayed in the 2010 Disney movie. He is known for his top hat and ability to confuse many with his backward remarks.
His recognizable top hat actually has it’s own history.
According to holidayinsights.com, in the 8th century, mercury was used in hat making in a process called ‘carroting.’ The Mercury poisoning drove some hatters, well, mad.
Billy Sample, a junior psychology major of Bald Knob, agrees that the holiday brings out child-like character.
“I think it actually sounds great,” Sample said. “It’s a day just to be silly, and that’s always great.”
As the website states, detailed plans for this year’s Mad Hatter day observance will, of course, be announced on Oct. 7. We have found that plans made after the fact are more accurate and much easier to have fulfilled. As the Red Queen said, “sentence first, then the verdict!”
Brittany Green, senior biological sciences major of Camden, will take advantage of the holiday to take it easy.
“I honestly think that Mad Hatter Day is awesome,” Green said. “Sometimes we need a pass from being so uptight.”
Mad Hatter Day is quite different from the similar popular holiday, April Fools Day. There is no pranking, just silliness. But isn’t much of the world silly already?
As the example given by the CMU website, if work involves something already inherently silly, doing something absolutely sane will have a more startling effect than can possibly be imagined.
As Ari Rapkin stated in the CMU article “Mad Hatter Day,” “Take a look around you, drop your assumptions about what must be proper and normal, and see how much of it is just silly,” Rapkin wrote. “Better yet, try to find something that does make since.”
Arizona Smith, a senior biology pre-med major of Hope, said the holiday comes at a great time in the semester and is perfect for her.
“I really like being silly,” Smith said. “This would be a great way to take a stressful schedule and make the day fun. I think this should be celebrated on campus and everyone should be required to wear top hats.”
There are a few who don’t understand what purpose the holiday serves.
Lydia Howard, a junior graphic design major of Blytheville, said the holiday sounds like a fun concept, yet unnecessary.
“We already have April Fools, and why single out one day to celebrate silliness?” Howard said. “Take some time every day.”
To date there is no information on Mad Hatter day being celebrated on the A-State campus. Toni Barnes, a senior criminology major of Paragould, said she thinks the holiday should be celebrated on campus.
“The idea of a Mad Hatter day sounds absolutely awesome,” Barnes said. “It would be cool to bring a little creativity and fun into campus and gear everyone up for Halloween and fall in general.”