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Run your hats off

Run your hats off

Back in the day a tradition of women stealing men's hats and then demanding money to return it could be found all over Denmark.

It started when a woman had given birth and people came to see the newborn. Men had to hand over their hats when entertaining a house, and women started demanding money to give it back. Eventually men couldn't walk past a field where a lot of women were working without being chased down and having their hats stolen.

The whole things was seen a pretty harmless though because the women didn't demand a lot of money and didn't harm the men, and sure, being seen without a hat was embarrassing for a man, but not like "Oh no my head is naked! My honor has been destroyed!" embarrassing, so no one pressed charges and it was allowed to continue for generations.
(And people probably thought the sight of a man running at full speed with a group of women at his heels grabbing at his hat was pretty amusing)

In some areas men started saying "No! I will not pay! Keep the hat!" and as a result women in those areas started wearing men's hats as part of their casual clothes.

6th April 2016
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8 years ago #9471462        

I just imagined a well-to-do gent in early 19th century clothing going full steam ahead with a dozen ladies in bonnets chasing him, gripping his hat in terror and tossing coins behind him.

6 years ago #9729637        

Knowing that Danish women used to steal men's hats just makes me so happy

8 years ago #9471447        

You ruined a perfectly good Jurassic Park joke by making the last word "dammit" instead of "clever girl". That aside, very funny and cute comic.

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8 years ago #9473776        

I think I have a comic crush on Sister Denmark ... is that even a thing?

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8 years ago #9471730        

I once met a danish girl who kidnapped my beer and refused to give it back unless I paid ransom. Luckily for me the ransom was a kiss, and the girl was cute so I gladly paid it. Since I had a couple of cases worth of beer and the girl was a serial kidnapper, me and her made out for the better part of an evening! God I miss going to the Roskilde festival!:D


4 years ago #9820858        

In the southern parts of the USA, some rednecks will tie a deer they hunted to the hood of their trucks, as a way to show off their hunting success.
On the other side of the world, a Danish woman is wearing a man's hat, with a smug look on her face.

More similar than you might think!

6 years ago #9703551        

My friend told me that once, while on a vacation in Denmark, (she was about 6 at the time) she saw another boy around her age with a hat on. she said: "i like ur hat" :3 then the boys father got a worried expression on his face, took his sons hand, and started to walk a bit faster. guess this is the reason why x>

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8 years ago #9471979        

What if she tried it with Finland lol

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3 years ago #9844936        


5 years ago #9813433        

"Aha! I have your hat! Now give me money!"
"You can keep the stupid hat! I'll just get a new one! *walks away*"
"Well what am I supposed to do with this thing?! ... *tries it on. looks in mirror.* ... Hey, I look pretty good.~"

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