Strike That. No, That.

So I wore a hole in my favorite fedora, and I now live in a city without a hat shop in it. Not so much because it’s a small city, but because not many cities have hat shops any more. Well, the malls have baseball cap shops, but do you think I’m the sort of man who wears a baseball cap?

So I go to Zappos because I know they have a very liberal return policy, and I fully expect that I’ll have to try on and return a dozen or more hats before I settle on one (to illustrate: On my last visit to the venerable Donges in the venerable Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I tried on so many hats that the discouraged salesman muttered to a coworker that I wasn’t going to buy anything. I bought my third fedora that day).

And I browsed and I searched Zappos, and as I was looking the site over, I noticed something.

When you filter by brand, size, variety, color, and so on, it adds the filters to a pseudo-breadcrumb trail looking list above the individual selections. You can click the filter to remove it. Me, I was looking for the filter to eliminate hipsters wearing their fedora brims turned up. Come on, guys, what’s the deal? The brim is for keeping the sun off, not for catching the rain, you twee tweethings.

And I noticed something:

The Zappos misstrike, which would be a cool name for a Robert Ludlum novel

When you mouse over one of the terms, the tooltip explains you can click it to remove it. But the filters immediately to the right displays in the <strike> form with a line through the text.

Looks like someone got his or her index values mixed up in an array.

You know how you find these things? You mouse over the damn things. Or you don’t, and you don’t find them.

Me? I mouse over them.

(I know, you’re wondering: how does one wear a hole in a fedora? Well, my fourth fedora here, which I bought at a hat shop in Memphis just off the train tracks in 1997 or 1998, I wore almost daily for many years, gave it a breather, and have worn it again daily for some time. The hole is at the fold in the crown at the front where you grab it to take the hat off or to put it on. It’s also the spot that touches the pavement when you’ve got the fedora upside down on the sidewalk while you’re Street QAin’ for tips. So it’s natural that it would wear unevenly here. Strangely enough, my fourth fedora lasted longer than the first three.)

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