I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

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Updated Oct 16, 2019 at 03:26AM EDT by Y F.

Added Nov 17, 2011 at 09:57AM EST by Afuturegentleman.

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I WANT MY HELMET BACK THOR

About

I Want My Hat Back is storytelling meme based around retelling the children's book of the same name with other popular characters losing their hats or other items they are known for having.

Origin

The original book was written and illustrated by Jon Klassen[1] and published on September 27th, 2011.[2] Tumblr user thesulfurandthesigh initially posted a series of images of the book's pages some time in early November, which accumulated over 37,000 notes in a few weeks.[3] The post has since been deleted but the images were archived on Buzzfeed[7] and FunnyJunk.[14]


My poor hat I miss it so much.

The first parody of the book was posted as a part of a reblog of original post by modestmango[3] on November 13th, 2011. It was Team Fortress 2 themed, illustrating the story of a Heavy looking for his party hat. The next day, afuturegentleman[4] posted a version in which Professor Layton from the Nintendo DS game series of the same name is looking for his top hat.

Spread

The original book was reviewed by the New York Times[5] on October 12th, 2011 and a month later, was listed as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2011.[6] It was also reviewed on Wired's GeekDad[13] and has a TV Tropes[10] page.


I love my hat. I love my hat.

Derivatives of the original were shared via the Tumblr tag "I Want My Hat Back."[8] The Doctor Who and TF2 versions appeared on The Daily What, Geek[9], Reddit[11] and Geekosystem.[12]

Notable Examples


I WANT MY HAT BACK THE DOCTOR I WANT MY HAT BACK FINN THE HUMAN I WANT MY HAT BACK TAKUYA KANBARA
I WANT MY HEAD BACK CELTY STURLUSON my LEGS ARELONE i WANT THEM BAUK, I WANT MY HEAD BACK Tomoe Mami

Search Interest

Search for "I Want My Hat Back" began in September when the book was published. Although these results are for the book in general, there is a large increase in search between October and November 2011.

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