As soon as it starts raining, wouldn't the lack of spokes on this thing cause it to wrap around the wearer's head like a wet plastic bag, smothering them?
"Rain Bonnet, Los Angeles, is making an inflatable hat-umbrella of Vinylite plastic. Blowing into a small valve inflates the hat's tubular brim to the size of a woman's umbrella. When deflated the entire unit fits into a Vinylite envelope the size of a cigarette pack." Newsweek - Aug 27, 1951
Baseball caps may not seem like dangerous weapons, but several caps are available for purchase that advertise their potential for combat.
The BudK Night Watchman Sap Cap Extreme contains "a pocket of unique impact material that is 100% the density of lead and which is sewn into the cap." So you take off the cap and smash someone over the head with it.
The FAB DEFENSE "GOTCHA" Cap has a ninja weapon hidden inside it so that you will "never be caught empty handed."
No, these pictures don't show Sasquatches. They show people participating in the Bulgarian Kukeri ritual, meant to scare evil spirits away from villages. Though if I saw someone dressed up like this wandering through a forest, I might think it was Sasquatch.
Young people (traditionally only men, but now of both sexes) dress up in elaborate, animalistic and celebratory costumes, usually made of goat skin in some way representing the goat. At the culmination of the festival, a kukeri is strapped to a plough, 'dies', and then sprinkled with seeds and is 'reborn'. His goatskin costume is then buried in seven different fields.
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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