I was 15 3/4 years old & Cally Cat was 2 years old when my mother snapped this photo of us standing in our kitchen. These details I know because Mom wrote them on the back of the photo. God bless those who do such things because I’d never remember those sorts of details.
Putting aside how tired I look, the first thing that struck me about this photo is how very wingnutty my cat looks in the finely crafted aluminium foil crown that I made for her birthday. Who knew that by 2012 this style of hat would become the symbol of conspiracy theorist everywhere?
I didn’t, of course. But maybe Cally Cat did. She was always a less-than-friendly cat with a tendency toward paranoia. [Which was probably somewhat justified considering that my mother did accidentally drive the car over her about six months before this photo was taken.]
Upon finding this photo I did a quick Google search of foil hats– and discovered myself in a whole new world of wackiness. So without further babble I give you, my gentle readers, some delightful links that will entertain and tell you about a topic that I’m guessing you’ve never really thought about before. [Unless you're a conspiracy theorist, in which case these links are all old hat to you. ;-)]
:: A song about foil hats: “I’ve Got My Tin Foil Hat On” sung by Sylvia & Emmeline Spankhurts.
:: An explanation of what a foil hat is really all about: “Propoganda [sic] designed to cover up a massive government conspiracy.“
:: An article discussing the efficacy of foil hats: “Do tinfoil helmets provide adequate protection against mind control rays?“
:: A definition of a foil tiara: “A tiara or crown that one makes from tinfoil/aluminium foil for play when one lives in a trailer in the hood.“
:: An academic treatise about the need for foil hats: “On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study.“