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    I've always been curious.......the graduate is wearing a mortarboard on his head, but what do you call that thing that the Grand Fezzwick (or whatever) on the left has on his head????

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    Ph.D and related level and above headgear I am certain. But I'm not recalling the specific name.
    Last edited by Zacha341; December-16-14 at 01:09 AM.

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    It's a tam.

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    Good question. I've heard that referred to as a "tam" as in "Tam O'Shanter."

    Found this: Origins of Academic Regalia.

    But the big question is why on earth would anyone want to know? LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimaz View Post


    But the big question is why on earth would anyone want to know? LOL!
    Well, my wife asked me when viewing the photo. I didn't know. I HATE it when she asks me a question I don't know the answer to. So I had to find out. LOL is right!

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    Ha! Funny how that search careened me toward Clowns of the World where I learned that Uncle Sam actually started as a clown!

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    I've also read that Uncle Sam was actually associated with Samuel Wilson, a meat packer. I looked it up again and found in wikipedia and other sources, " Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied rations for the soldiers. There was a requirement at the time for contractors to stamp onto the food they were sending, their name and where the rations came from. Wilson's packages were labeled “E.A – US.” When someone asked what that stood for, a coworker joked and said “Elbert Anderson (the contractor) and Uncle Sam,” referring to Sam Wilson, though it actually stood for United States. True or not, and a bit off topic, not sure if this is true.

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