What purpose does the pith helmet serve?

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  1. spinnaker

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    I was watching an old movie last night called the "Creature from the Black Lagoon". Some of the characters were wearing pith helmets while out in the jungle exploring but were wearing other headgear while on the boat.

    So I got to thinking. Other than maybe looking like you are on safari with stereotypical headgear. What purpose does the pith helmet serve? Seems they would be awfully heavy and warm in a dense hot jungle.

    Does the design of the pith helmet have any purpose? Protecting yourself from monkeys dropping coconuts on your head maybe? ;)
     
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  2. ISB123

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    It's just there to protect from sun and falling objects.It's made from cork like material so it's lightweight.
     
  3. Wendy

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    And some of those falling objects include fauna, like spiders, etc...
     
  4. Hypatia's Protege

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    Svengoolie fans of the world unite!:):cool:
     
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  5. MaxHeadRoom

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    The name comes from Pith an East Indian plant for making cloth.
    They were also adopted by the British forces in the 19th century, but had a different shape than the traditional Colonial style.
    Not a lot of protection in war though!
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  6. spinnaker

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    How heavy could a spider be? ;)

    Seems a bush hat is far more comfortable.
     
  7. cmartinez

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    I don't really know, but according to the Wikipedia they were "Designed to shade the wearer's head and face from the sun"

    Guess they could also be worn as a fashion statement... remember the legionnaire-style hats so popular with the kids in the early 80's?
     
  8. MaxHeadRoom

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    They were a creation out of colonial Britain, same time as IPA was!:cool:
    Max.
     
  9. Wendy

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    I was think more in terms of venom.
     
  10. tracecom

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    They facilitate pithy speaking. (As you can tell, I am wearing one now, as I always do when posting in off-topic.)
     
  11. djsfantasi

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    This is a pithy thread!
     
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  12. Hypatia's Protege

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    Whatever their intended purpose, 'soft hats' in the guise of hard hats are sure to pith off compliance officers near and far!:eek::D
     
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  13. boatsman

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    That's where the expression 'taking the pith' comes from.
     
  14. Wendy

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    I thought that was "Taking a pith".
     
  15. GopherT

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    Wendy, associating you with your pun made me think (and laugh) about the possible options you have. I don't need an answer - imagination can be more entertaining than reality.
     
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    I recall seen one described as having some ventilation fitting at the very top. Small orifices.
     
  18. GopherT

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    A ventilated version will not work well for the application referenced by @shortbus in post 16
     
  19. boatsman

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    What I said 'taking the pith' means in the UK making fun of someone
     
  20. Lestraveled

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    That would pith me off!!


    ............Sorry, I just had to do that.
     
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