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Alice in Wonderland Published

Under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote one of the most popular stories of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book was published by Macmillan on July 4, 1865.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland chronicles the escapades of young girl, Alice, after she falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy realm and meets all sorts of interesting characters. The tale originates from a boat trip that Dodgson took with the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church; when they asked him to tell them a story, what came out was the earliest version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The girls loved the story so much that Dodgson began drafting it out on paper the very next day.

Dodgson’s novel has had such a tremendous impact that it has been adapted numerous times for the big screen, television, comic books, and plays. The most notable of these would be Disney’s animated movie (1951) and Tim Burton’s version, which was released in 2010.

Sources: Alice in Wonderland, The Lewis Carroll Society

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Mad Hatter Day

TeapartyOctober 6 is Mad Hatter Day!

Mad Hatter Day is a holiday inspired by the Hatter, one of the most memorable characters in Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In the first story, the Cheshire Cat refers to the Hatter and the March Hare as “both mad” during their first appearance in the book – the seventh chapter titled “A Mad Tea-Party.” The Hatter’s silly and nonsensical behavior, including his frequent telling of impossible-to-answer riddles, lead to his well-known, frequently used nickname, the Mad Hatter.

So now that you know more about the Mad Hatter, you can probably guess what this day is all about…madness! Or a bit of silliness, at least. The holiday was first celebrated in Boulder, Colorado in 1986 by a group of bored computer technicians who felt like acting a bit silly. Not only were they inspired by the Mad Hatter, but by his top hat, which features a slip of paper with “In this style 10/6″ written on it. Thus, they chose October 6 as their day of nonsense.

To celebrate Mad Hatter Day, grab a crazy top hat, gather your friends for a tea party, and let the madness begin!

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
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Alice in Wonderland 2011 Wall Calendar

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Alice in Wonderland 2011 Wall Calendar

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