Scientists Alarmed by Increasing Randomness of Alma Adams’s Hats


By DICKIE GREENLEAF                                             JUN 2, 2015

WASHINGTON—Political and fashion scientists from NC State, Duke and UNC-CH raised the alarm this weekend about what they call “the biggest collision of fashion, randomness, and politics”  on Capitol Hill since wide-wale corduroy and paisley bowties were mixed briefly in the mid-90s.

JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST  US congresswoman Alma Adams (with hat) visited the Cooperative Extension staff and Advisory Council members at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office on Tuesday morning. Adams, who represents North Carolina's 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, was in the district visiting constituents. Tuesday, December 16, 2014, in Salisbury, N.C.

Rep. Adams was made an honorary member of the 82nd Airborne Division after wearing this number during All-American Week.

Rep. Alma Adams (D, NC-12) has been compared repeatedly to literary character Bartholomew Cubbins, and has herself boasted that her husband has never seen the top of her head.

“It’s out of control,” said Dress Boutique’s founder, Pam Liebling Mullaney. “these hats of [Adams’s] are fierce, and becoming increasingly random. We’re looking at a fascinator-style implosion if we can’t contain it soon.”


Adams caught heat from animal-rights groups when she wore this hat, though when pressed the groups could not decide what animal the hat might have originally been.

“The size and scope of the hats, as well as the pure randomness, have all increased dramatically and at a much faster rate than before,” said NCSU’s Dr. Andrew Taylor, who seems to know a hell of a lot about North Carolina politics for being from England.

Adams removes a disguise to reveal her identity in a bizarre NCGA session.

Adams removes a disguise to reveal her identity in a bizarre NCGA session.

Rep. Adams has pushed aside concerns for her sartorial sanity. “The right to choose includes the right for women to put whatever goofiness they want on their heads,” she said recently. “If the GOP had its way, women would always be in the kitchen, bareheaded and pregnant.”

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Adams stopped wearing this outfit after being mistaken for The Avengers’ John Steed.


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Scientists dubbed this hat, which appeared and disappeared weekly on Fridays, “The Mulder & Scully.”

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Adams wore this hat, to mixed reviews, at an Anti-Defamation meeting.

alma adams 8Alma Adams (center) is cheered on the stage by her daughter Jeanelle Lindsay (left) and son Billy Adams (right) after winning the election for the unexpired term of the vacated U.S. House of Representatives 12th district seat at Mr. Boston's House of Jazz, in Greensboro, North Carolina, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Adams also won the Democratic primary for the general election. (AP Photo/News & Record, Rob Brown) ORG XMIT: NCGRE101alma adams 3AlmaAdams 7

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