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disneycutie165
08-14-2008, 09:45 AM
This week was a countdown 'til our Disney trip, and we have been watching Disney classic movies that remind us of WDW. But as we were watching "Alice in Wonderland" I noticed the 10/6 on the Hatter's hat. I have heard before what it stands for, but I don't remember. Does anyone know what it means?

ibrowse17
08-14-2008, 09:53 AM
I might be wrong, but I always thought it was the hat size. If so, that would be a huge head:thumbsup:

Flower
08-14-2008, 10:05 AM
I might be wrong, but I always thought it was the hat size. If so, that would be a huge head:thumbsup:

That is what I always heard as well !

Eeyore's Pal
08-14-2008, 10:44 AM
I have read that it is the price and that is the the british way of writing it. I can't remember if it's 10 pounds 6 shillings or other denominations, though.

Dragongirlx
08-14-2008, 10:49 AM
Its 10 shillings and sixpence - on old british money

scooterca42
08-14-2008, 10:49 AM
My British grandmum always called it ten shillings sixpence.

Mousemates
08-14-2008, 04:51 PM
You got the 10/6 right...but here a bit more Alice in Wonderland/Madhatter trivia.

The Mad Hatter asks a famous riddle: "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" What is the answer.

Well, one possible answer is "Poe wrote on both", a reference to Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote The Raven.

However, in the preface to the 1896 printing Carroll himself wrote, "Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter’s Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, : "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!" This, however, is merely an afterthought; the Riddle as originally invented, had no answer at all."

drummerboy
08-14-2008, 05:17 PM
Well, if we're adding trivia...:D

The term 'Mad as a Hatter' came from the fact that old time hat makers used mercury in the process of stiffening the hats, and absorbed quite a bit of it into their systems, thus causing the mental instability.

Minnie Imagineer
08-14-2008, 07:18 PM
yes 10/6 is ten shillings and a sixpence.
Also, 'Mad Hatter Day' is the "second silliest day" (the 1st being april fools) and is celebrated on oct 6th.

ibrowse17
08-14-2008, 11:48 PM
Very cool!! Glad to know:thumbsup:

Mousemates
08-15-2008, 12:11 AM
Just an "And oh by the way"...but the Madhatter chaarcter at the character breakfast at 1900 Park Fare is an absolute scream...by far the most entertaining of any of the ones we've dined with over the years.