Did you ever wonder why this time of the year some of our brightest young people parade around in caps and gowns?  Well, the folks at the GraduationSource website provide some answers in this post and it seems that there were some practical reasons. “Academic regalia came to fruition when universities started forming in the 12th and 13th centuries…” and “historians believe scholars wore long robes and hoods to keep warm in these unheated buildings…”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)