Would the SE team possibly include any fake hats to throw us off?
I was trying to figure out which hat to earn next and didn't want to spend my time on a hat that was just there as a tease.
Yes. Look at the spritesheet:
Some of those hats have been achieved by nobody. Proof enough for me that they are fakes.
Yes. They included at least three red herrings in the graphics last year to throw people off.
You can see from the sheet last year: