Balancing the Five Hundred Hats: On Being a Legal Educator/Scholar/Activist (Tulsa Law Review)

January 1, 2006 12:00 am

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In the story The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Theodor Geisel, better known as Doctor Seuss, tells a cautionary tale about what can happen to someone who wears too many hats at the same time. As the story begins, Bartholomew is seen wearing a lumpy old hat decorated with a jaunty feather. When the King of Didd (King Derwin) passes by, Bartholomew respectfully removes his hat. Much to his surprise, the royal carriage screeches to a halt in front of him and the King angrily demands that Bartholomew remove his hat. Reaching his hand up, Bartholomew is astonished to find that there is another hat on his head. He removes the second hat only to find that there is yet another hat underneath that, and his head is still not bare. An increasingly panicky Bartholomew pulls off hat after hat as an increasingly furious king has Bartholomew arrested for his insubordination in not removing all his hats in the royal presence….


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