June 14th is International Bath Day.
Are we kidding? No we are not. What’s pretty fun is the legend connected to the date it is celebrated on.
Legend has it that on this day Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar, Archimedes, discovered while taking a bath that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water! Unable to contain his excitement, Archimedes leapt out of the bathtub and yelled, “Eureka, Eureka!” as he ran through the streets of Syracuse, Greece.
Archimedes’ exact date of birth is not known, only the year (287 BC) so the day chosen to commemorate is the day that he leapt out of the bathtub, June 14th. How was this date determined?
The ancient Greek legend says that it was exactly one week before the beginning of summer. The calendar in those days was astronomical and seasons were determined due to the 23.5-degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Summer began (then and today) on June 21st so a week before is June 14th and this was the date set.
Naturally Hattingdon has something special to wear. The design’s name is Bubbles. As in bubble bath… and it’s pink — really pink — like the Mister Bubbles container. Remember? Ha ha ha!
This design is one of the earliest hats — or headpieces — Mrs Farrell created for Hattingdon. It just may be the first of many novelty hats she has designed for her.
We didn’t know for sure so we asked her. Mrs F said:
Yes, it [Bubbles] was the first novelty hat I designed for Hattingdon, followed not long after by the Catherine peacock feather hat.
It was meant to be a sort of 60s beatnik hat not a bath cap. Maybe if I named it Ursula or something but no, I named it Bubbles and for that it began to be thought of as something for her to wear at bath time. But can’t you just see a 60s girl wearing it with a mini dress, glimmery tights and heels?
Yes we can… now!
What do you make of this pink millinery confection? Hmmmmm?!!?
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