“It’s madness, said Time to the Right Days standing by his side, a raven is like a writing-desk because the Hatter’s brain is high on mercury fumes and drowning in espresso.”
Yes, my Wicked Luvs, espresso! Haven’t you wondered why the Hatter looks so wired all the time?
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It all started when the Hatter got into an argument with Time—the Hatter was out of sorts because Time was always rushing when the Hatter was doing something fun. Time said it was nonsense, for he always moved at the same speed from night to day to week to dark moon to year…
“I have a great relationship with all the hours,” had said Time. “They never go against my will.”
“You fib, you fib, you fib!” yelled the Hatter, “and when I’m visiting my grandfather, you’re always chiming at will in his clock.”
“Chime I do, dear fellow,” Time said in an impatient tone, “but I lie not. Seconds, minutes, hours, days and nicks of me are my soldiers.” To prove his point, Time asked the Right Days to leave the Hatter’s side forever. When that didn’t make him feel better, Time morphed all the hours in the Hatter’s days into teatime; and then replaced the Hatter’s favorite drink, TEA, with COFFEE.
The Hatter was already damaged. You see, he had spent a lifetime making hats, and the mercury he inhaled during the process made him nuts. According to eLCOSH, mercury poisoning can “cause shaking of the hands, eyelids, lips, tongue, or jaw. It may cause headaches, trouble sleeping, personality change, memory loss, irritability, indecisiveness and loss of intelligence,” too.
Lewis Carroll’s Hatter shows some of the symptoms of mercury poison, but there is a mystery that has baffled every made-up researcher in the universe: why is the Hatter so hyper, flashy and chatty?
Well, as usual, Time has offered an answer: there is COFFEE in the Hatter’s TEAPOT. Obviously, Dormouse has been too sleepy to ingest Time’s brew.
Unlike the ever sleepy mouse, Jervis Tetch aka Mad Hatter seems to have sucked in all the crazy fumes and ingested a large dose of psychopathy, too. The comic book character is an insane neuroscientist who happens to be completely obsessed with the most hyperactive of Lewis Carroll’s tea partiers. Dear Jervis, um… Mad Hatter, first appeared in Batman #49. His tea parties lean towards the bloody side.
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By the way, I chose to write about the creepier side of the Hatter after reading “The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome in Juvenile Migraine” by Gerald S. Golden in The official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Which came first, Humpty Dumpty or mushroom-eating Alice?
This fantastic video, by Megh Patel, summarizes the Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.
This post is 3 days early—the Mad Tea Party doesn’t start until Jul 28th—but I’m trying not to post on weekends, and Fridays belongs to The Haunting: a Webserial of Pre-Chaos. I will visit other mad participants on Saturday, and a link to this post will be above my latest entry on the day of the party.
So… my deliciously mad Wicked Darling Luvs, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
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