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Old 01-08-2012, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by cochrane View Post
No, not in the same sense. "Mad as a hatter" has come to describe a person who appears to not be in his right mind. In the 18th and 19th century, felt hats were popular, and mercury was used in the production of felt. People who made felt hats were exposed over time to toxic amounts of mercury, which would cause neurological damage and make its victims appear to be demented. It's not the same thing with a drenched chicken. Unless anger causes the hen to become unhinged and begin running madly around the barnyard.
A wet hen is also mad in a different sense than a March Hare. In the spring, male hares were believed to be driven a bit nuts by mating frenzy.