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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.

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Yes. Look at the spritesheet:

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Some of those hats have been achieved by nobody. Proof enough for me that they are fakes.

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  • Are you sure that it's not because the criteria for the hats were just too stringent for someone to earn them? There are some badges that haven't been earned, but I don't believe they are fake badges.
    – J.R.
    Jan 4 '14 at 14:08
  • @J.R. Quite possibly. In fact, "Don Draper" isn't even on the spritesheet!
    – Ste
    Jan 4 '14 at 17:06
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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: 2012 hats

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  • Last year's hats were much more detailed.
    – Mitch
    Dec 31 '13 at 15:45
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    I think they were watered down this year in favor of being able to position them on avatars.
    – Kit Z. Fox Mod
    Dec 31 '13 at 15:46

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