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    It's Gerhard's Hat Day
    By Hank Campbell | April 1st 2012 12:30 AM | 15 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    I got a private message from Gerhard Adam which went "I'm getting used to being called a moron, etc. but why do they have to pick on the cowboy hat?"

    Why indeed?  Hats used to be cool but they don't even wear them on "Mad Men" any more.  Hats are out of vogue even on fake romanticized shows about our past.


    The official Science 2.0 hat from this day on.

    We shouldn't hate the hat.  I mean, to do so is a downward spiral culturally. Consider the case of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida high school student who was shot and killed Feb. 26th. He apparently died because he was wearing a hoodie, which is kind of a hat that was basically popular in...2004.  Okay, I am not sure why any young person wears a hoodie at all in 2012 but that isn't the point. He was wearing a hoodie and he died and now a whole bunch of people are wearing hoodies as a show of solidarity, even though I am betting they would lock their doors if a teenager in a hoodie were standing outside their house. The Unabomber would be proud. 

    A member of Congress even tried to wear a hoodie on the floor and was ejected. What kind of intolerance is that? 

    So I agree with Gerhard that people should not pick on his cowboy hat, and so I am unilaterally declaring it Gerhard's Hat Day and demanding that all contributors wear white hats. The audience too.

    In honor of this occasion, his hat will also get its own account on Science 2.0 and begin comments with phrases like "Part of the problem here is that to ascribe such intentions then makes the concept of X so vague as to apply to almost anything" and "The way I view these basic definitions" - in other words, it will be vague but polite when eviscerating people in 400 words instead of taking only 20.

    Let's Gerhard it up, people.  Western culture needs you.

    I'll go first. Here is my official Science 2.0 Gerhard Hat pic:

    Comments

    vongehr
    Wish I still had a picture of me in my cowboy hat which I wore when I first lived in the US. I liked it, but they called me a nigger for it (don't ask me why - but a white man with a hat is a nigger to the black folk on the bus) and the students could not take it either. I think the hat looks splendid on Gerhard and everybody who derides him for it just further soils her own argument.
    UvaE


    Thumbs up to Gerhard's hat!---hey Sascha, what a coincidence, we're wearing the same model!
    vongehr
    coincidence, we're wearing the same model
    Well, even Bloggy does! Not so much a coincidence than the overlord that is Google. The internet is the great homogenizer.

    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat

     
    Here is a picture of me supporting Gerhard' hat day and a picture of Gerhard that I once uploaded when he told me that he was all ears!

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    Johannes Koelman
    Greetings from the Lone Star State, and hat off to this great initiative!
    Hank
    Wow, this already got 5 more comments than I expected. Bet Gerhard never imagined an offhand comment a few days ago would inspire a movement.  
    vongehr
    These days, you may start a meme with silly stuff like this. Gerhard's profile picture would make a great advice animal, "Reasonable commenter with hat", like:
    "Commenter was obviously an idiot
     .....
     answers especially well reasoned."
    Put it on reddit and see where it goes.
    Hank
    I don't do reddit. Their science section, at least, is controlled by marketing people for press release sites (physorg, etc.) so it doesn't have much value. I suppose the other groups are okay, it is still popular so it can't be all overtaken by marketing people.
    vongehr
    All their sections are controlled by morons who have some sort of moron agenda. That's why if you have something stupid like a white-hat-meme, it's the place to go - same as 4chan.
    (wish I had a better place to promote posts, but from here, I can do very little without jumping through burning fire wall proxy server hoops - sometimes the morons sleep and a post is voted up before they bury it).
    so how come my white hat avatar isn't showing?
    blue-green
    in solidarity
    Halliday
    Here's my "hat in the ring".
    kwombles

    I don't own a cowboy hat (even though I'm a Texan), but here's my support for Gerhard!
    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” --MLK, Jr.
    Gerhard Adam
    LOL ... you're absolutely right.  I never expected an off-hand comment to garner such comments. 

    HATS OFF TO YOU ALL!!!!
    ...it will be vague but polite when eviscerating people in 400 words instead of taking only 20.
    OK, OK ... I'll also try to be more concise.

    BTW. My hat was absolutely essential over the past two days, working outside in the [fortunately, light] rain helping put up a fence. 
    Mundus vult decipi
    Here in australia we're constantly bombarded with t.v.adds about "Slip,Slop,Slap" due to the ozone hole u.v. skin cancer danger,Slip on a shirt,Slop on sunscrean and slap on a hat,so Gerhard would feel very much at home and in fashion here in ozz.