Monday, December 03, 2007

Fur Crying Out Loud

Ear, There And Everywhere

Residents of the US town of Farmington in Maine have donned earmuffs in honour of the man who invented the furry, wire-clad contraption. Chester Greenwood was 15 when he came up with the idea in 1873, frustrated by the choice of wearing a bulky scarf or having cold ears while ice skating.

FOOTNOTE: Lobe at first sight.

5 comments:

Maddy said...

I heard that on NPR this morning. I was quite convinced that they were older but apparently not.
Cheers

The Egel Nest said...

Alternate Footnote:

A large crowd also turned out to celebrate Chester Greenwood's second invention, mouth-muffs. Too bad nobody could hear their spirited chanting...It was muffled...


Bradley
The Egel Nest

david mcmahon said...

Hi Maddy,

Yep, I'm with you. I would have thought they dated back to Victorian times, or the Crimean War.

We learn something every day !!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Bradley,

And no one could hear the critics mouthing off, either!

My day would not be complete without your Alternative Footnotes!

Keep smiling

David

Nap Warden said...

Fur crying out loud...love it!