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They come in all sizes, shapes, colors and styles. Some people use them to make a statement or promote a product or a cause. And when you’re wearing one, everybody can see it because it’s right on top of your head. It’s a hat, and today for some reason is National Hat Day.

Technically a helmet is a hat, and people wear them to protect their head. Some people wear them to protect their head and face from the sun. And in the winter, one of the most important uses of a hat is to keep your head warm because more body heat is lost from your head than any other part of your body.

The first recorded evidence of people wearing hats was found in an Egyptian tomb dating back more than 5,000 years ago.

A hat maker is known as a milliner, and the source of the word goes back to Milan, Italy in the 16th Century, a city famous for putting out some of the earliest fine-quality hats.

John Hetherington is credited with making the first Top Hat in 1797.

John Stetson began selling his “Boss of the Plains” hats in 1865.

The first Kentucky Derby was in 1875, and it’s become one of the largest hat fashion events in the country.

Some hats are unique to a profession. Some are unique to a religion. Some are unique to a sport or pastime. From ascot to zucchetto, there’s a hat for everybody.

How many hats can you name?

Here are a few:

  • Bacaclava
  • Baseball cap
  • Beanie
  • Bearskin
  • Beret
  • Bonnet
  • Derby
  • Bucket hat
  • Cappello
  • Chullo
  • Coonskin Cap
  • Deerstalker
  • Dunce Cap
  • Fedora
  • Fez
  • Gatsby
  • Glengarry
  • Hard Hat
  • Kepi
  • Mitre
  • Montera
  • Mortarboard
  • Panama
  • Party Hat
  • Patrol Cap
  • Peaked Cap
  • Pilgrim’s Hat
  • Pith Helmet
  • Porkpie
  • Rastacap
  • Santa Hat
  • Slouch
  • Sombrero
  • Stetson
  • Student Cap
  • Sun Hat
  • Top Hat
  • Toque
  • Trilby
  • Trucker Cap
  • Umbrella Hat
  • Yarmulke

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