In recent months I’ve developed an interest in hats.  I just find them incredible.  I never wear hats, of course, other than my red beanie (or wool cap, or skullie).But I long for the days when men were required to wear hats in public. This was a dream world, a world in which hair was never wet or mussed by wind. In 1932, the average American spent more on hat polish than on food for his family.  Of course I’d love to hop in a time machine, travel back there, and leave my eWorries behind.  But I can’t.

So I came up with the next best thing: The hat game.  All this game takes to play is a roomful of hat lovers, a sword, and a blindfold.  The players sit in a circle and each takes a turn naming a hat.  He has 15 seconds to do so (counting aloud is encouraged).  If a hat cannot be named, the player is given the letter H.  Each subsequent foul will give him letters A and T, and when HAT has been spelled, he’s out.  Some rules:

  • It must be a hat.  A bike helmet does NOT count, nor does a mask, nor indian headdress.
  • No alliances.
  • If a hat is named, another name for the hat cannot be said. (For Example: Bowler and Derby. Only one may be called.)
  • Sometimes, the word hat may be included.  If it’s the hat of a profession, that may be said as long as it’s the official title.
  • A cap is a hat, and will be counted as such. (Coon-skin cap.)
  • In the event that a hat is disagreed upon, it must be challenged by an opponent, and the Game Master (chosen prior to the start) may access any number of hat web sites to verify.  If the challenger is correct, then he will have one letter taken away, as long as he has one.  If the hat-namer was right, then the challenger is given a letter.
  • The room may decide on a final showdown between the last two competitors.  This showdown may involve one sword and one blindfold.

Now you know how to play the hat game. Please, enjoy it!

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