Mt. Everest in My Hat


That old font of information (Gullible.com) had this to say today: that Mt. Everest has never been climbed by a person wearing a wig or toupee.

That really struck a nerve with yours truly. How do they know that? Did they ask every climber if he was bewigged? And what if hair extensions were used — do they count? Were women even included in this survey? Perhaps embarrassed balding men, like tennis-great Andre Agassi (whom I hasten to add has never, to my knowledge, climbed Mt. Everest), would have lied about their locks.

I’ll go one more: Mt. Everest has never been climbed by a person NOT wearing a hat. And whether the climber wore a wig or was utterly bald, he stayed warm and looked good.

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Steve Singer
Font of Knowledge
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CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Vancouver Winter Olympics Must-Have Hats

Men's Peto Wool Newsboy Cap - The Left Bank at HartfordYork.com

Remember the must-have hats of the 2002 Winter Olympics? The American team wore dark blue berets in the Opening Ceremonies, and the run on berets began.

This time, in Vancouver, the U.S. team has been modeled in woolen newsboy caps rather like the wool Peto cap pictured here. Wouldn’t it be great if the same kind of enthusiasm for the caps was once again shown nationwide by consumers? We might finally see a real move away from the ubiquitous logo-laden baseball cap that still tends to be the “hat” of choice for too many.

Hats off to all the 2010 Winter Olympic athletes!

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Steve Singer
Armchair Athlete and CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on February 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Men’s Hats Trump Dying from Boredom

Men's Rod Keenan Dress Hat - The Sedgewick Fedora at HartfordYork.com

There’s a new study coming out in the International Journal of Epidemiology which confirms that boredom can actually kill you.

In the mid-1980’s, some 7,500 office workers (between the ages of 35 and 55), were surveyed as to their levels of boredom. In April 2009, researchers confirmed which of those of the participants had died since the survey.

Here’s the kicker: of those who were dead, 37 percent had reported a great deal of boredom.

What’s interesting is the theory that people who are bored or unhappy with their lives tend to turn to unhealthy habits which in turn reduce their life expectancy. In other words, as one scientist put it:

The findings on heart disease show there was sufficient evidence to say there is a link with boredom.

Well, I guess you know my answer to this! Live a little bit outside your comfort zone to shake things up. If you’ve never worn a “real” hat, try one on today. And if you’re faithful to your gray fedoras, maybe it’s time to experiment with a bright shade or even a whole new silhouette like a pork pie hat.

Stay excited, people. It’s good for you!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment