What do people do to celebrate Mad Hatter Day?
We celebrate silliness!
It's not a day for tricks or pranks, like April Fool's Day. This kinder, gentler “fool's day” is for being silly in a little-kid way. Listen to jokes, sing ridiculous songs, run around, do cartwheels and somersaults and silly dances! Or try to look at our world with your topsy-turvy “the whole world's crazy” eyeglasses:
- Iceland is pretty green (in the summer), but Greenland is covered with ice.
- When you dust a bookshelf, you remove the dust, but when you dust a cake with sugar, you add the “dust” (sugar crystals).
- We get the power to travel around by “taking the juice from hundred-million-year-old rotten dinosaur food and exploding it in a metal can.” (Thanks, Ari Rapkin, for this fresh look at our world!)
- Planes landing on an aircraft carrier have to catch a heavy wire with a hook attached to the tail of the airplane in order to survive the landing. It's incredibly difficult and dangerous, and when I toured an aircraft carrier I wondered who would even come up with such a ridiculous concept! (I mean, it does work, but what made people think for a moment that it would?)
If you look at the familiar world as if you were a stranger in a strange land, you will see some weird and wacky things. But remember that Mad Hatter Day is mostly about funny and silly fun!
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