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In the last few weeks, my office has given me two new hats. The first, on Aug. 19, is an Otto brand “One Size Fits Most” baseball cap made in China. It’s black and has the City Paper logo (fig. a).

Today I got a new knit hat. It, too, is an Otto brand “ONE SIZE FITS MOST” made-in-China cap that’s black with a white CP logo, but it also has a drawing of one of our paper boxes on it. The paper box has an orange door, which adds a bit of pizazz (fig. b, and sorry for the ugly model).

As you may have read, we are facing budget cuts. So I guess I’m wondering whether the hats are a tactic to comfort or maybe confuse us—-perhaps if our heads are warm, we may not worry so much about our newsroom possibly going kablooey?