Growing up I have often seen various people wearing a fez hat. From Tommy Cooper to Matt Smith, but if I am honest not many more than that! It is a rather unusual piece of headgear that is for sure, but it is also something that cats seem to look rather good in! So join me as I tell some bad jokes, learn more about what a Fez really is and if cats really do look good in them…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Fezzes
10 – “What does a kangaroo eat for breakfast? Pouched eggs”
FACT: A Tarboosh, Fez and Ottoman tassel are all the same thing. But the name only changes depending on your religion!
9 – “My palm read said ‘Your future looks pretty black.’ I said, “But that’s my gloves!”
FACT: There is only 2 main style of Fez either in the shape of a truncated cone made of red felt, or a short cylinder made of kilim fabric both have the trademark tassel.
8 – “Two cannibals were eating a clown, one said ‘Does this taste funny to you?'”
FACT: The first ever painting of a Fez is a portrait of the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II after his clothing reform in the military!
7 – “I was a dancer once in Swan Lake. I fell in.”
FACT: To be a true original Fez hat it has to be made by Andalusian Moors in the city of Fes, Morocco!
6 – “There’s no end to my talent – and no beginning either.”
FACT: In 1829 the Sultan ordered all of his civil officials to wear a plain fez, and also banned the wearing of turbans!
5 – “What do you call an out-of-work jester? Nobody’s fool!”
FACT: Although tradesmen and artisans generally rejected the fez it became a symbol of modernity throughout the Near East.
4 – “I Dislocated my jaw playing saxophone, turns out you blow the small end!”
FACT: To meet escalating demand for them in 2012 and 2013, skilled fez makers were given guaranteed jobs and houses if they were willing to move to Morocco.
3 – “Last night I dreamt I was eating a large marshmallow. I woke up, my pillow had gone!”
FACT: They might have been made in Morocco, but the dye they always used was made in the Czech Republic!
2 – “I said to the doctor, ‘It hurts when I do this’ [raises arm]. He said, ‘Well, don’t do it!”
FACT: In the 20th century the Fez was seen as exotic and romantic in the west and it enjoyed a vogue as part of men’s luxury smoking outfit!
1 – “I’m on a whisky diet . . . last week I lost three days!”
FACT: It was originally a symbol of Ottoman modernity, the fez over time came to be seen as part of an “Oriental” cultural identity.