I don't think the gal in the third video is wearing one....
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.
The Blood and Oats blog
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.
Failed Kickstarter: Looks like only 3 people thought this guy's "magnet hat" was a good idea. Product page
Not sure if it should be categorized as a hat or a face mask. Created by British designer Ana Rajcevic. [via RocketNews24
Ski mask by Emilio Pucci. From Life - Dec 7, 1962
What desperate Chinese teachers are resorting to nowadays. The hats would also make a great fashion statement outside school. [via ryot.org
And here's what seems to be an American version of these hats (though the picture looks a little photoshopped):
Pictures recently taken at a Starbucks in Santa Monica showing a woman wearing a birdhouse hat have been circulating around the internet
. As usual, WU is ahead of the curve on such things, since we've already posted about the 1968 predecessor
of her hat. Though we'll need a few more sightings of birdhouse hats before we declare them officially "no longer weird."