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Wondering if anyone has unlocked any secret hats. A beret perhaps.

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They wouldn't exactly be secret if you got answered, would they? – Chris Morgan Dec 19 '12 at 4:14
Someone was going to ask sooner or later, no list needed, just curious :D – Brian Duncan Dec 19 '12 at 4:20
I know the thoughts of your mind---you just wanted to get yourself a hat! – Chris Morgan Dec 19 '12 at 4:21
I am shocked, shocked that you would think that! *lovingly strokes my fez* – Brian Duncan Dec 19 '12 at 4:28
Voted NC since the accepted answer is literally a bunch of blank lines – Michael Mrozek Dec 19 '12 at 6:16
Voted to reopen to see if it gives a secret hat! – Shadow Wizard Dec 19 '12 at 19:15
@ShaWizDowArd Thanks to vote to reopen :) I gave a new secret hat :) – hims056 Dec 20 '12 at 5:30
@hims056 you mean the cupcake? – Shadow Wizard Dec 20 '12 at 7:17
@ShaWizDowArd NO. I mean Gotta Catch 'Em All! :) – hims056 Dec 20 '12 at 10:32
up vote 84 down vote accepted

Yes, and here's a list of them:

Collect them all!

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Oh, I love the third one! – Yannis Dec 19 '12 at 4:17
You're just trying to get more hats, aren't you? – Chris Morgan Dec 19 '12 at 4:17
You got one of them wrong. – Adam Lear Dec 19 '12 at 4:18
They're written in such invisible ink that they even appear in the same colour as the background when viewing the source. – Chris Morgan Dec 19 '12 at 4:19
Their names are all made up of non-printable characters. (As distinct from non-printable words.) – Chris Morgan Dec 19 '12 at 4:20
@Anna Lear: Which one? – BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 19 '12 at 4:23
@BoltClock'saUnicorn it'd be too easy if I told you, wouldn't it? – Adam Lear Dec 19 '12 at 4:29
@AnnaLear There is nothing wrong with easy. – Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 4:29
Confirming I just received "The Emperors New Hat". – Leigh Dec 19 '12 at 9:39
What's this hunter2 hat? – CodeCaster Dec 19 '12 at 11:25
-1. You are missing <li>s in your list. – DVK Dec 19 '12 at 13:03
How many of you highlighted the answer on the off chance that there was white-colored text in there? – Justin Morgan Dec 20 '12 at 5:24
You're not using the spoiler tag. – chirale Dec 20 '12 at 18:12
@chirale: Fixed. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 20 '12 at 18:16
you gave me a heart attack because I thought there was a css bug with the spoiler block. have a upvote anyways. – Jin Dec 16 '14 at 15:06

It looks like there are 3 secret hats. I found the following in the sprite image used to display the hats that are not described on the winterbash site:

easter egg hats in sprite

full sprite

Also, these three hats aren't in the sprite at all:

nonspritehat pirate red beard

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nice approach to find them :) – SwissCoder Dec 19 '12 at 8:28
How to find such sprite image? – hims056 Dec 19 '12 at 10:34
@hims056 you can see by firebug – NullPoiиteя Dec 19 '12 at 10:39
Not all of them are here - could there be others? Or is this sprite meant to fool us all? – irrelephant Dec 19 '12 at 10:48
@irrelephant you can see this in stack overflow not in meta ... check edited answer ] – NullPoiиteя Dec 19 '12 at 10:58
Yes, but for example the "n00b Hat" in Yannis' answer is not on this sprite. – irrelephant Dec 19 '12 at 11:00
@irrelephant than it might possible they have either modified or have other image – NullPoiиteя Dec 19 '12 at 11:03
If they knew that we would look in the sprite image (we're programmers), then they wouldn't have put any secrets in there. :) – irrelephant Dec 19 '12 at 11:04
fyi those are copyrighted images which SE probably doesn't have the rights to use. Obviously there won't be any trouble though. – Pubby Dec 19 '12 at 11:32
Hint: the secret hats are not in that sprite. They have their own images. I didn't look right through it, but I think that the troll etc. are just having fun trying to mislead you. – Chris Morgan Dec 19 '12 at 20:44
The beard is not on here. – Austin Henley Dec 21 '12 at 1:02
Jesus.... i want beard to get this – NullPoiиteя Dec 21 '12 at 4:35

You can find out how to unlock a particular hat by going to to the leader board then hover your mouse over a hat that someone has to see the requirements.

For example, hovering my mouse over the bow tie...

bow tie

Or you can place the hat name in the URL, and it will show you more details like...

more details

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Very helpful thx. – rekire Dec 19 '12 at 11:23

Here's the first "secret" hats I got:

enter image description here

But... I'm not going to tell you how to get them, it will just spoil the fun.

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I want the cupcake! – Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 4:25
@hims056 The Abby is something you do a lot, you'll get it very soon... – Yannis Dec 19 '12 at 4:27
@AustinHenley The cake takes a bit of effort, but it's worth it. – Yannis Dec 19 '12 at 4:28
@Yannis Something everyone does a lot or just @hims056?!? – Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 4:29
-1: why do you get secret hats and I don't? ;-) – Chris Morgan Dec 19 '12 at 4:30
@AustinHenley Something I hope everyone does (but not everyone can, there's a rep requirement). – Yannis Dec 19 '12 at 4:30
Ok, if no one says it, im going to explode >_> – yentup Dec 19 '12 at 4:31
So there is a correct way and an incorrect way... hmmmm.. – Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 4:32
@AustinHenley Unfortunately, I don't think you can get the cupcake right now, you'll need a bit more rep for it. – Yannis Dec 19 '12 at 4:35
@Yannis That is practically discrimination. Lower rep people need cupcakes too. – Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 4:36
I saw that bowtie when I looked at the Winter Bash Site, seems to be very common. So an easy to get sectret hat, makes the users want to collect more secret hats, and maybe even leads them to do random crazy stuff :) so yes,I guess it will be a bit of madness. I am actually now trying to get a secret hat, by using all available characters in a comment, up to the last one. I will let you know if it worked and I got the USE ALL CHARACTERS IN A COMMENT hat. Unfortunately it takes a while to type all that, but I am there soon.That would really be a creative secret hat, that maybe nobody discovers! – SwissCoder Dec 19 '12 at 4:44
These comments are getting a little too much. I'm downvoting the answer for promoting needless, unconstructive blabber. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 19 '12 at 4:53
@BoltClock'saUnicorn: but isn't "needless, unconstructive blabber" pretty much business as usual for (most of) meta? – Mac Dec 19 '12 at 5:26
I'm surprised no one has found the easter egg on homepage yet. To make it appear, you just h – Jin Dec 19 '12 at 19:31

Yes, there are secret hats:

enter image description here

This can also be confirmed by looking at the screenshot in Hats list in profile should include each hat's name and description. The image is of Aarthi's hats list, and there are three (Cupcake, Bowtie, Propeller Beanie) which don't appear on the Winterbash main page.

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Yes, there are, and we're actually keeping a list of them over on Arqade:

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Another secret hat!

enter image description here enter image description here

I will not say which one is this but it is very difficult to earn this hat.

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I hate to spoil the fun, but it comes from getting 15 hats :) – New Alexandria Dec 20 '12 at 5:29
@NewAlexandria We can see the description everywhere now :) – hims056 Dec 20 '12 at 5:32

You can find out how a certain user acquired a secret hat by visiting their profile and clicking on the hats count.

Hat Stats

A list of their hats will appear. Hover over a hat to see the action that will obtain this hat.

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But how will you find which user has secret hat? – hims056 Dec 20 '12 at 5:43
@hims056 Look for people boasting about it. Also look at the leaderboard – shea Dec 20 '12 at 5:46
This is the only serious answer to the question. – theJollySin Dec 21 '12 at 17:47

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