Sunday, April 03, 2011

Why Wearing a Baseball Cap Backwards is Dumb

Thanks to Ron H. 

Update: One more.......

49 Comments:

At 4/03/2011 1:34 PM, Blogger jetlaw said...

I hate to be the one, but do we have to say retarded? You wouldn't say that wearing shorts in winter is gay, either. This is what's next.

 
At 4/03/2011 1:38 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

The obvious solution is to go two-sided visor, a la Sherlock Holmes. Good find. Thanks Professor & Ron H.

 
At 4/03/2011 1:46 PM, Blogger AIG said...

"The obvious solution is to go two-sided visor"

You're not thinking strategically enough. The solution is to wear one facing backward, and a second one on top of that, facing forward. This allows for endless combinations of positions of visors, including, sideways visor, on both sides of your head.

Prof. Perry, please don't tell your MBA students my wonderful new invention, for they might steal and run away with it.

 
At 4/03/2011 2:33 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

You know what men in Tennessee do when they go into a "nice" restaurant?

They turn the bills of their baseball caps to face forward.

 
At 4/03/2011 3:09 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"I hate to be the one, but do we have to say retarded? You wouldn't say that wearing shorts in winter is gay, either. This is what's next."

No, we probably don't HAVE to say retarded, and I might indeed say that wearing shorts in winter is gay. What's the problem?

 
At 4/03/2011 3:11 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Prof. Perry, please don't tell your MBA students my wonderful new invention, for they might steal and run away with it."

Too late! We all know about it now.

Actually, I think I've seen people trying out your idea at a 2-for-1 sale on hats.

 
At 4/03/2011 3:51 PM, Blogger Steve said...

@ jetlaw - look up the definition of retarded in the dictionary. It has nothing to do with being handicapped. There are better things to get offended about in life.

 
At 4/03/2011 5:09 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

Who gets to decide which way is backwards?

 
At 4/03/2011 5:27 PM, Blogger Amateur Economist said...

LOL!

 
At 4/03/2011 5:37 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Walt G.

"Who gets to decide which way is backwards?"

We should each decide that for ourselves, but the guy in the picture appears to be unaware of one of the important uses for such a cap.

 
At 4/03/2011 6:10 PM, Blogger Speedmaster said...

LOL! :-)

 
At 4/03/2011 7:53 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

That is really funny.

 
At 4/04/2011 1:47 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

Ron H.,

Would having the burn spot on the back of his head and the back of his neck be better?

 
At 4/04/2011 1:54 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Walt G.

"Would having the burn spot on the back of his head and the back of his neck be better?"

Obviously the sun is in front of him, or he wouldn't have to shade his eyes. His neck is safe...for now.

I don't know what part of the country this guy is from, but it's possible that a burn spot on the neck is an identifying characteristic. :-)

 
At 4/04/2011 6:09 AM, Blogger Jer said...

This as made my morning....

 
At 4/04/2011 6:14 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Hilarious!

Entertaining stuff in this post...

Well of course some 'P.C. commando' had to whine about the word, "retarded"...

LMAO!

So Ron H is wearing one's ballcap backwards as redneck as this example?

 
At 4/04/2011 12:28 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"So Ron H is wearing one's ballcap backwards as redneck as this example?"

Not by a long shot! That's a really good one. It's convenient to only carry one key for both house & car.

How about this?

 
At 4/04/2011 12:34 PM, Blogger fred said...

Wearing a baseball cap after age 20 is itself a mark of dumbness.

 
At 4/04/2011 1:55 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Juandos

Or these?

 
At 4/04/2011 2:50 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Or these?"...

Wow!

Well Ron H, how about an "A+" for engineering ingenuity?!?!

 
At 4/04/2011 11:16 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> I hate to be the one, but do we have to say retarded? You wouldn't say that wearing shorts in winter is gay, either. This is what's next.

Yes. Yes we do.

"Retarded". Mmm. Yep. That IS the word.

Trying to tap dance around the idea?

That would be, well, exceedingly gay.

Yes, indeed.

Gay.

Really, really, REALLY gay.

Tired of the PC lingual crap. Sorry if the idea that there are people with "more than typical limitations" bothers you. Tired of the idea that there's something wrong with being "gay" bothers you.

No longer care that much.

More importantly, you know what? Tell you what:

Abraham Lincoln: How many legs would my calf would have if I call its tail a leg?
Boy: Five.
Abraham Lincoln: No, four. Calling the tail a leg would not make it a leg.

Changing the term to something else doesn't change what it is.

The critical thinking error you are falling into is "Teleology":

Teleology says that if a mental model is esthetically pleasing then it must be true. Teleology implies that if you truly believe in something, it’ll happen.

Hence, teleology attempts to "change words" because that somehow changes reality.

It doesn't.

Teleology is anathema to modern civilization.

For further consideration:

Government by wishful thinking
- Steven Den Beste

 
At 4/05/2011 10:17 AM, OpenID JFB said...

Actually, the wearing of two caps has additional value. When attending a game in such friendly cities as NYC, Detroit, or Philadelphia, wear the home team cap beneath your team's offering during the game.

Then, on leaving the game and crossing parking lots or the streets on your way home, you can reverse the order and minimize hostility.

 
At 4/05/2011 2:02 PM, Blogger John said...

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At 4/05/2011 2:04 PM, Blogger John said...

Link corrected: Retarded.

 
At 4/05/2011 9:24 PM, Blogger hmshore said...

why is it that if someone doesn't like the word retarded you immediately call it p.c. I personally think you have the right to free speech yet you deny me the right to mine by saying that the word retarded used as an insult hurts me and my family. Hate people who beat the free speech drum yet refuse to give others their turn to speak.

 
At 4/06/2011 12:40 PM, Blogger Dad said...

Maybe his team is trying to rally and this is his rally cap configuration. And maybe sunburned mugshot guy's team spends a great deal of time trying to rally. Although, sunburned mugshot guy doesn't look as if he spends a lot of time at the ballyard.

 
At 4/06/2011 12:41 PM, Blogger Evil Red Scandi said...

Just to throw out one practical example for wearing a baseball cap backwards: keeping your hair out of your face in a speeding convertible. If you face it forward it blows off...

 
At 4/06/2011 12:46 PM, Blogger D said...

Did someone really just claim their freedom to speak was denied after they made multiple comments and didn't end up in jail?

 
At 4/06/2011 12:49 PM, Blogger Milwaukee said...

Why not wear a hat with a brim that goes all the way around the head? Many a PGA member has developed skin cancer on the tops of their ears from hours of golfing with a baseball style hat. Baseball caps are designed to shade the eyes while catching a baseball, not for sun protection.

Why would anybody need to wear a hat while driving a convertible with the top down? Isn't the point of driving with the top down to feel the wind in ones hair? Wearing a hat then, defeats the purpose.

Allen, in "The Hangover", says "retard" really well.

 
At 4/06/2011 12:52 PM, Blogger sean said...

maybe we could compromise and just say tarded then that way we have one third less offending syllables, which, this will make the world a better place

 
At 4/06/2011 12:59 PM, Blogger No Name said...

yeah, if you wear a ball cap backwards, and you're NOT wearing a catcher's mask, you're doing it wrong. It's as effective as a screen door on a submarine. In fact, it is- how do you say?- retarded.

 
At 4/06/2011 1:22 PM, Blogger Stephen Snell said...

Thank you No Name -- I was a long-time catcher (note to numbskulls and tards: in baseball) and someone had to say it.

 
At 4/06/2011 1:24 PM, Blogger Veeshir said...

Back when it started becoming cool I thought that the stupidity of wearing your hat that way was proven like 80 years ago by Sach.
At least, that's what Slip says.


As for a hat in a convertible, I'll wear it occasionally, if it's really cold or if it's really sunny on a long trip and I'm getting too hot, and I wear the bill forward.
Now, if I didn't have a windshield I might have to change that, but it blocks the wind from the front. Hence the name.

 
At 4/06/2011 1:32 PM, Blogger Tiny Bunch said...

The poor bastard got tired of being called a redneck and came up with a low cost solution.

 
At 4/06/2011 1:43 PM, Blogger pst314 said...

"I personally think you have the right to free speech yet you deny me the right to mine by saying that the word retarded used as an insult hurts me and my family."

Nobody is denying you the right to express your opinion.

Equating criticism with censorship is pretty retarded. :-D

 
At 4/06/2011 1:56 PM, Blogger Mitch said...

My sense of direction is so bad that I'm afraid I would get lost if I wore my cap backwards.

 
At 4/06/2011 2:20 PM, Blogger kwood said...

I have been guilty of wearing a baseball cap in this manner, but my excuse is that I had long hair then and the cap was a more convenient alternative to a bandana for keeping it out of my eyes.

This guy, I'm afraid, has no such excuse. He's just bein' a DUUUUUDE!

 
At 4/06/2011 3:21 PM, Blogger LordSomber said...

Autistic people are no longer referred to as "retarded," so why the offense when used with slow-thinking non-autistic people?

 
At 4/06/2011 3:31 PM, Blogger Stan said...

Hey now, my caps seem to fit better on backwards. Maybe it's just the shape of my head. And I feel naked without one.

 
At 4/06/2011 3:52 PM, Blogger Charley said...

The reason for wearing them backwards is so that they don't blow off when running from the police. Why leave an evidence trail with DNA on it?

 
At 4/06/2011 4:55 PM, Blogger kfb said...

...at what age should men stop wearing their baseball caps backward?...

 
At 4/06/2011 5:13 PM, Blogger Colby said...

fred said...
"Wearing a baseball cap after age 20 is itself a mark of dumbness."

For those of us with large foreheads (no really, really large foreheads. really big. Ok, I'm a little bald. No, I'm stark naked bald like a cue ball)

Anyway, I'm well over 20 and live in Az. Either my head is cold in the winter or I need to protect it from the sun.

But, I wear it forward and always remove it when I enter a building.

 
At 4/06/2011 11:30 PM, Blogger karl said...

Actually , wearing a baseball cap in any manor is dumb, there is a large increase in melanoma's as compared to a wide brimmed hat.

 
At 4/07/2011 1:04 AM, Blogger Ray said...

The reason for wearing a baseball cap backwards is, basically, "Monkey see, monkey do." Gang bangers watched TV shows and movies where police snipers would turn their caps backwards before shooting someone. They thought, "Cool! I'll do it too!"

They were too ignorant to know that the reason to turn your cap backwards is to avoid the recoil of the shot pushing the scope back into your cap, hitting you in the head, and slowing your recovery time.

They extended the idea for a short time to wearing their pants backwards, too. Until their cohorts from the Big House let them know what opening your pants from the backside implied.

 
At 4/07/2011 6:52 AM, Blogger seejaekae said...

The reason for wearing a baseball cap backwards is, basically, "Monkey see, monkey do."

When I was a kid I thought the catcher was always the coolest guy on the field so I wore my hat backwards to be like him.

 
At 4/07/2011 10:02 AM, Blogger John said...

And what wiil we wear for rally caps?

 
At 4/07/2011 10:03 AM, Blogger John said...

And what will you do for rally caps?

 
At 4/09/2011 3:18 PM, Blogger Enky said...

How about to wear a hat?

 
At 4/10/2011 6:26 AM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

Why not just wear beanies and if that wouldn't be entertaining enough, they could get the ones with little propellers on them:)

 

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