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10 Holiday Hats: the Silly Side of Thanksgiving

For some families, the Thanksgiving feast is a sacred and solemn occasion. For others, the holiday is orchestrated by the control freak who insists that everything be picture-perfect. And quite a few families put their personal tensions and passive-aggressiveness on display. The perfect remedy for these uptight feasts is a ridiculous holiday hat.

1. The Gobbler

The Gobbler Hat has it all: a turkey who still has his head, feathers, and his own Pilgrim hat. This hat is so popular that it is sold out at the half-dozen or so suppliers I checked. Maybe next year.

2. Sexy Turkey Hat

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Here's a much fancier (and more feminine) turkey hat.

There are some people, I am told, that have elegant Thanksgiving suppers. Then there are the rest of us.

No, you can't buy it, but you can buy the knitting pattern and make your own by next year.

3. Paper Turkey

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The cheapest way to wear a turkey for Thanksgiving is to make one yourself, out of construction paper, using a children's activity website as a guide. Kids look cute in these. Adults? Maybe not so cute, but you'll draw attention wherever you go.

4. Roast Turkey Hat

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This nice fuzzy plush turkey hat from Miles Kimball will set you back $9.99 but will remind everyone at the dinner table that a) you love roast turkey, and b) you're a real dork.

5. Chef's Hat

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Russ Parsons, food editor of the L.A. Times was recently spotted wearing a similar hat while preparing the fashion inspiration. Note how accurate the color of the hat is!

6. Cold Turkey

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Check out this Cold Turkey Hat modeled by Vicki at Knitorious! This one is called the Cold Turkey hat because Vicki and her friend who made it both quit smoking about the time this picture was taken, but you could whip one up to wear at the dinner table Thursday. Here are complete knitting instructions for a child size hat and an adult-sized hat.

7. Pumpkin Cap

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Turkey isn't the only dish on the menu. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, and a pumpkin cap! This cap is knitted from 100% organic cotton and is available in sizes from infants to adults. For the very few who think cranberry sauce is the best thing about Thanksgiving, you can have a hat, too.

8. Pilgrim Hat

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While half your family is looking forward to pumpkin pie and the other half just want to get back to the football game, someone needs to reference the historical roots of the holiday. What better way than to show up in a deluxe pilgrim hat! In this case, we overlook the fact that the Pilgrims did not wear buckles on their hats; modern day celebrants wouldn't recognize the hat without one.

9. Indian Feathers

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The Native American half of the Plymouth Colony Thanksgiving celebration didn't wear any particular kind of hat you would recognize today, but a few feathers might remind your family and friends who really saved the Pilgrims from complete extinction. I'm not sure why this model is sneering. Maybe he really hates the combination of green and purple.

10. Thanks Cap

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I believe this hat is the most appropriate of all. Simple, fashionable, and it's the only one in this collection that symbolizes what Thanksgiving is really all about.

Yes, I understand that liquor may be more effective at loosening family tensions during the holiday, but funny hats are safer on the highways.

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Royal Shakespeare Company Auctions Off Costumes Worn By Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, and More
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Helen Maybanks, (c) RSC

The stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England have been graced by some of the most celebrated performers of our day. Now, the legendary theater company is giving fans a chance to own the original costumes that helped bring their characters to life. On April 17, more than 50 costumes worn in RSC productions will hit eBay to raise money for the group's Stitch in Time campaign.

With this new campaign, the RSC aims to raise enough money to renovate the aging workshop where costume designers create all the handmade garments used in their shows. Following a play's run, the costumes are either rented out to other theaters or kept safe in the company's museum collections. Designers often make duplicates of the items, which means that the RSC is able to auction off some of their most valuable pieces to the public.

The eBay costume auction includes clothing worn by some of the most prolific actors to work with the company. Bidders will find Patrick Stewart's beige shorts from the 2006 production of Antony and Cleopatra, David Tennant's white tunic from 2013's Richard II, Ian McKellen's red, floor-length coat from 2007's King Lear, and Judi Dench's black doublet from 2016's Shakespeare Live! Costumes worn by Anita Dobson, Susannah York, and Simon Russell Beale will also be featured.

All proceeds from the auction go to restoring the RSC's costume workshop. Shakespeare fans have until April 27 to place their bids.

Patrick Stewart in Antony and Cleopatra.
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Actors in stage play.
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This 3D Human Modeling App Could Revolutionize Online Clothes Shopping
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A team of academics in Hong Kong have developed a 3D human modeling app that could drastically change the way we shop online. Dubbed 1Measure, this “one-click measure” tool allows users to record their body measurements in a matter of seconds by uploading two full-body photos.

After snapping images with both a front view and side view, the app uses artificial intelligence to create a 3D digital model of the user's body in under 10 seconds. Next to this image, over 50 size measurements are displayed, including everything from knee girth to shoulder slope. This information can be saved and accessed at a later date, and the app also lists your size in other countries, allowing you to shop for clothes around the world with ease.

This revolutionary technology was developed by associate professor Tracy P.Y. Mok and PhD graduate Dr. Zhu Shuaiyin of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

Other current technologies are capable of carrying out similar modeling functions, but the PolyU team says these methods involve costly, bulky scanners, and their results are only approximate. The 1Measure app’s margin of error is 1 centimeter for users photographed in tight-fitting clothes, and 2 centimeters for those in loose-fitting clothes, according to its developers.

The app is particularly useful when it comes to online shopping. Dr. Zhu says the technology “frees us from the limitations imposed by taking body measurements physically, helping customers to select the right size in online clothing purchases.”

The app can also store multiple measurements at once and track any changes that the body undergoes, making it suitable for those with fitness goals.

1Measure is free to download and is currently available on the App Store in both English and Chinese.

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