Friday, November 20, 2009
Where have all the vikings gone?
Really, where have they gone? 'Cause let me tell you, Internets, I have searched high and low for viking hats--real, honest-to-Odin, comes-with-a-turkey-leg, 100%-made-from-materials-that-will-make-PETA-freak-out viking hats and alas, I keep coming up empty-handed. At best, my searches just turn up a bunch of PVC costume hats.
Not that I have anything against plastic hats, mind you. They're all well and good if you're attending a costume party at a frat house or something comparable, but they're just not what I'm looking for. In that respect, my standards for viking hats have been raised considerably by the hat you see pictured off to the side. Plastic may make things possible, but they just don't come close to that one.
However, I must say that there does seem to be a wealth of knitted viking hats out there on the Internet. So until somebody out there sends me some pictures of real viking hats *firstname.lastname@example.org*cough*, these will have to suffice for now.
Who knew that the newest baby trend was viking hats? I certainly didn't.
Maybe it's the juxtaposition of such innocent little things wearing hats that mean business. I don't know, but if I had a nickel for every time I saw a baby wearing a knitted viking hat, I could retire and sail around the world in my authentic viking long boat that I bought from some museum's private collection.
I guess I'm just wondering if these pictures will ever be whipped out when these kids hit adolescence and described to their prospective dates as "Baby's First Pillaging." I know I would, were these kids mine.
Can anyone explain to me the sudden popularity of a chicken-leg viking hat? Because these things are wildly popular, but I can't seem to find the reason why.
That's not to say they're not cool--frankly, I think it looks pretty sweet--but I'm just curious as to how we, as the Internet, made the mental leap from 'viking hat' to 'chicken-leg hat'.
I gotta admit: I included this one purely because of the look the lady in the knit viking hat is giving her tinfoil viking-hatted compatriot. Because, clearly, THE TINFOIL IS NOT WORKING.