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Did or do Australians ever really put corks around their hats? If it is a real thing, does any other nationality do it too?

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Reckless19 answers:

It's apparently true, the corks act as a fly-deterrent..

A cork hat is a type of headgear with cork strung from the brim, to ward off pestulant insects.

Traditionally worn by jackaroos and swagmen in the blow-fly infested Australian outback, [1] the cork hat has since become part of the stereotypical representation of the Australian ocker. [2] The shape and material of a cork hats vary, though typically they are shaped like slouch hat. Pieces of cork, often shaped as bottle stoppers, are threaded on string as to hang from the brim of the hat. The low density of cork means a number of pieces may hang from a hat without adversely increasing the weight. Movement of the head causes the corks to swing in a swatting motion, thereby discouraging insects from swarming around the wearer's head.


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xoloriib answers:

In the thirty-four years I've lived in this country I've never seen anyone wearing one. They do tell me they're good if you drop your hat in the billabong though.

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