Why Is a Raven Like a Writing-Desk?

“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?
Image borrowed from wikia.com 
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.
Image borrowed from wikia.com
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?”
A Mad Tea Party hosted by A Fanciful Twist 

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69 comments:

  1. I haven't the slightest idea as to why a Raven is like a writing desk ... perhaps because Edgar Alan Poe wrote about one and wrote on the other?

    Who know's? The SHADOW knows ......................

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    1. I'm sure the shadows know lots, and lots and lots of stuff. They probably got the information from Mr. Poe himself and a raven and time; the latter seems to know everything ;-)

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  2. I am with Karen Anne, I have no idea why a Raven is like a writing desk?? Tell us please ;o) Great post for the party Magaly ;o) Coffee is the answer! You should see my brother in the morning! Hyper, flashy and chatty! LOL!

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    1. You tell your brother that we can form the Hyper Flashy Chatty Club, we have a member who has been around since the 1800s, so I'm sure we can get some tax deductions or something.

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  3. Raven and a desk... Hmm, I got told when I was little that they had something to do with Edgar Alan Poe. Wrote on both I think it was. Anyway, coffee does seem to be the answer behind the Mad Hatter's madness, though I thought it was more OCD. Nice post!

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    1. Mr. Poe did write on both things. Brilliant!

      I'm OCD and HDAD sound like very likely diagnoses ;-)

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  4. Loved the tale in this post. Too much coffee...lol...but really the dreamlike telling of the story had me hooked. Never heard of AIWS, the video was fascinating. And the raven and a writing desk? Both things I desperately want? Pet raven, antique writing desk. :)

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  5. Sometimes there are things that I miss for generational or cultural reasons, I think, Magaly. I am not familiar with the comic book and maybe that is a generational thing, however I did know why hatters were mad - or I thought I did. Nobody ever explained about the coffee before, but it makes perfect sense!!!

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    1. I've missed all kinds of stuff for non-English speaking reasons lol. I read most children books as an adult, so I'm still discovering many things. Maybe we can explore them together.

      And like you, I think Time's assessment of the Hatter jumpiness makes perfect sense, too.

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  6. Oh Oh!! I am so late!! Hatter will be so mad! For you see I have his brew...Dark Magic Coffee...nothing else will do!!
    And the Raven is made of black black ink and the writing desk craves it so.
    Ha Ha Ho Ho!!!!
    I am off...just have to go
    Hugs
    SueAnn

    wink

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    1. Run! You don't want to be late, so run! I'm right behind you, following your Dark Magic Coffee with several mugs of my own French Vanilla Enchantment Brew. Run! But do hug me again before you go ;-)

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  7. A raven is like a writing desk as both can take you on flights of fancy & into the
    chaos of Other worlds.

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    1. You've given me the biggest of smiles. Thank you ;-)

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    2. I love what you wrote petoskystone. At first I was like "What? Writing desk? I need coffee!" But now you've cleared up my eyes and I can see without distortion and jitters in spite of having had a few cups of coffee.

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    3. :)

      Dearest Carmen, without a few cups of coffee there is only jitters for me ;)

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  8. I liked the myth like quality of the tale. The mad hatter is my fav Alice in Wonderland character. I also like the info you included on AIWS, I had never heard of that before.

    Now, how is a raven like a writing desk? They are both things I desperately want? Yup, a pet raven and an antique writing desk, dreams of mine.

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    1. Yay! You liked the camouflaged tale ;-)

      The first time I saw the article on AIWS I thought it was a joke taken straight from The Onion, then I did some research and found scholarly proof, I was still a bit surprised. And what a horrible thing to suffer from, huh?

      I wish you can get your writing desk and a raven friend. I always wanted a raven, too, then Stacy came into my life and made me wish for a friend crow ;-)

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  9. Creative, as always! I'm not sure why a raven is like a writing desk. Admittedly, my brain is mush so, I have little chance of answering that. However, I have a soft spot for Alice in Wonderland. My favorite characters are the Cheshire cat and Caterpillar. But, really, none of the characters are bad, it's hard not to love them all. But, now I have this longing to go to Disneyland. They've got a ride there based on that story.

    "Hoooo.rrrrr.uuuuuu?"

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    1. Imagine going on the ride with the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat hovering in front of you two. What a trip ;-)

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  10. How is a raven like a writing desk??? Only Poe knows... ;) Great post! I just love the way you write! Still not sure what I'm going to do for my post for the Hatter's Tea Party??? Hopefully I won't be late, for that very important date! Ha! Must need more coffee...

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    1. I just visited your tea party and your smile is still warming my heart. I love your animals!

      And yep, I doubt anyone can think of raven without thinking of "nevermore, nevermore."

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  11. Yep! he is def ADHD....I have one of those...bounces of the walls when given cola...which I believe has caffeine too :D (I really love the people that give him cola :S really ...I try too :S) :D XXX

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    1. You would love me after a soda, it's quite entertaining. I speak a mile a minute and can't stop moving my hands lol

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  12. Curiouser and curiouser!

    That explains a lot. I suppose the doormouse is like me and doesn't like coffee, and that's why she's so sleepy when he's so hyper? Yes, that would make sense...

    And there's nothing wrong with reading children's books now to catch up. If you need inspiration, look through my "read" books on Goodreads. I've read - and still am reading - a lot of children's books, and I'm listing any I remember reading or having read to me as I remember the titles so can look for them (listing them with roughly estimated dates, based on when I think I probably read it, or likely had it read to me). There are some books you just really should read!

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    1. I love children's books. I love seeing them through my grown up eyes and pretending I know how I would have felt if I had read them years ago. It is one of the best way to conjure up childhood and happy memories ;-)

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  13. Even though Alice in Wonderland is not a must read at school in Italy, people know the story and love it. I read it when I was young and became a young Alice for some time. Eheheh! The Mad Hatter is my fave character, too.

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    1. I've always loved the Hatter, and must admit that I liked him more after seeing Johnny Depp *teehee*

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  14. A raven spelled backwards is "nevar" - which may be a type of desk :))

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  15. I seem to be having similar arguments with Time at the minute, although hopefully I won't end up as mad as Hatter, well not quite.

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    1. I'm hoping for the same. I'm thinking that the world might have too hard of a time *grin* dealing with all of us ;-)

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  16. Another great short story Magaly, and I love your take on the Hatter's tale, never stop writing !! :)
    Don't forget to drop on by my place :)
    Mad Madam Mel :)
    http://www.madmadammel.com/2012/07/a-mad-tea-party-2012.html

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    1. I won't. I don't think I can.

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  17. Hey I'm loving the Poe references, nice and eerie and adult take on the Tea Party, well done!

    Please come take tea with me at my party:

    http://www.idlebakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/a-mad-tea-party-in-idle-wonderland.html

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the bit of creepy Poe.

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  18. You always have very thought-provoking engaging posts! Thank you for yet another one ! Hope you can come visit with me, too.
    http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2012/07/mad-tea-party-post-and-giveaway.html
    Sincerely, Theresa :)
    Happy Mad Tea Party Day!

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  19. YES!!! Another coffee drinker at tea time! I feel so much better know that I am not alone :)
    XO,
    Lisa
    hope you can stop by my parties!

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    1. Of course there are a lot of us. We are the drinkers and shakers ;-)

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  20. This was a wonderful tea party...I suddenly have the need for some espresso!! Thank you for inviting me :) ~Lauren

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    1. I always have the need for some espresso! Particularly with a little vanilla in it ;-)

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  21. Coffee! Yes! I really need some.

    I really liked the darker side of Alice too. My thesis in college was about Literature Film and Popular culture and I did a ton of research into Alice and the Hatter in comics. The old Batman t.v. show had the best Jervis imho but I'm a You can stop by Mad Tea Party here: http://katcanpaint.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/mad-tea-party-2012

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    1. I bet that was so much fun! I always think that getting to write and read fiction for school or for a living is like being a chocolate taster for money. Delicious. I'll visit in a bit ;-)

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  22. I don't know the answer to your question (wish I did). Popped in to say hello as one of the fellow Mad Tea partiers.

    Give me a visit some time ~
    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  23. Magaly, you are clever as always!!! Thank you sooo much for the darker side... I am going to watch the migraine Alice syndrome as soon as I finish all my visits. That way I can relax and pay attention ;)

    Thank you for being a part of the madnesssss ;)

    Happy Mad Tea Partying!

    ♥ Vanessa {a fanciful twist}

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    1. There is no light without darkness, and I love when things are balanced ;-)

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  24. Coffee! But of course that makes perfect sense! Thank you for sharing your lovely post! I do hope you will stop in and visit my mad tea party and giveaway!
    http://anaboocreationsbysylvia.blogspot.com/2012/07/welcome-one-and-all-o-fanciful-madd-tea.html

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    1. Glad it makes sense to you, too ;-)

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  25. Fun post! Ravens have a lot to say and writing desks are where authors have their say..ha! Also, Ravens have feathers and writing desks have quills~ Thx for visiting my blog :)

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    1. Micupoftea, that was a lovely answer! I love it ;-)

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  26. Which came first, Humpty Dumpty or mushroom-eating Alice? That's easy....the egg! *walks away grateful the question didn't have anything to do with a chicken*

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    1. Ha! You just made me roar. That was too, too, hilarious!

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  27. Late, as usual, am I. And as usual you make me want to read every post I have missed!
    Dare I even try to think of the answer to a riddle after having consumed so much tea and sugar on this hop?

    I will suggest that both the raven and the desk are connected by black ink.

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    1. I like the black ink perspective. Black ink and the bearer of wild thoughts, yep, I like it ;-)

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  28. What a story! I had never thought of personifying Time as a person before, to converse with the Mad Hatter....that's genius, I must say. And it DOES explain why on earth the Hatter is so loony. I have pondered the question "Why is a raven like a writing desk" so many times, but I just can't seem to get anywhere with it, and now I'm beginning to think that it was just one of Hatter's more deluded statements meant to trick poor Alice. Why is this how I'm spending my life????

    Haha great party! Here is a link to mine:

    http://www.awoodlandfantasy.blogspot.com/2012/07/welcome-to-5th-annual-mad-tea-party.html

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    1. One of the things that makes literature (and life) most interesting is that different people are taken by different things (and sometimes the same things!) in different ways. So we unite our perspective, the rainbow is lovely and wild. I'm pretty sure the Hatter was trying to trick Alice, but had Time already tricked him? lol

      Too awesome ;-)

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  29. Wow, thank you for that explaination of why the Hatter is so hyper. I always wondered about that. Thank you for having me for tea and for all the interesting information!

    http://scrapvamp.blogspot.com/2012/07/mad-tea-party-2012.html

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    1. No problem. I'm here to serve... very strong coffee ;-)

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  30. Ohh...i love your Tea Party...thanks for sharing
    Kerstin
    http://cobblestone-prims.blogspot.de/2012/07/mad-tea-party-2012.html

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  31. A most informative Party, thank you for that! It was interesting to learn about the AIW syndrome especially. :)

    http://butterflydream27.blogspot.com/2012/07/2012-mad-tea-party.html

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  32. What a delightfully mad, Mad Hatter post! I didn't know the Hatter had been a Batman foe. Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for visiting my party! ~Michelle

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    1. It was kind of strange for me, the first time I saw him. Because even when the character was supposed to evil (okay, he's a real psychopath in Batman) but I would still think of the Hatter and wished he would get better lol

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  33. Whatever you say about the Mad Hatter, he's a dapper dresser. Must use the same tailor as Willie Wonka. I think the correct answer to 'Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?' is to repeat the question back to the asker. 'I don't know, why IS a Raven like a Writing Desk?'

    So why is it?

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    1. You are right about the tailor. Same goes for the makeup, I don't even care for makeup, but how cool are those colors!?!

      I think a raven is like a writing desk because one flies with the dark and mysterious wings of dreams, and the other serves as platform for the creation of wings that take writers' dreams into dark and mysterious worlds.

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  34. Oh Magaly, love your tea party but I have no idea why a raven is like a writing desk. As usual you are too clever for me sweetie.

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    1. We've all been guessing and it has been quite fun. My favorite answer was Petoskystone. She is brilliant!

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