Hats basically come in 2 different varieties–the ones that actually serve some practical purpose, like a ball cap that shades a person’s eyes, and the ones that are mostly symbolic and tell us what a person does for a living, such as a chef’s hat, a policeman’s hat, or a Smokey the Bear hat. I give Smokey all the recognition here, but this hat is also the signature hat of Dudley Do Right from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the inspiration for Dudley), national park rangers, and state troopers (at least in Minnesota). So, symbolically, a big-brimmed brown hat with a dimpled top means LOOK OUT and SHAPE UP! Slow down to just below the speed limit, throw a sleeping bag over that booze in the tent, or extinguish that illegal campfire quickly! Considering the effectiveness of this hat for getting attention and provoking rule following, there are many other people who ought to wear this hat every day:
- School Teachers
- School Crossing Guards
- Flight Attendants
- Bus Drivers
- Bicyclists & Motorcyclists (large, over-the-helmet versions)
My apologies, in advance, to the Smokey the Bear hat factory, which may suddenly find itself running 24/7.