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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? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:14
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    Someone was going to ask sooner or later, no list needed, just curious :D Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:20
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    I know the thoughts of your mind---you just wanted to get yourself a hat! Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:21
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    I am shocked, shocked that you would think that! *lovingly strokes my fez* Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:28
  • Voted NC since the accepted answer is literally a bunch of blank lines Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 6:16
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    Voted to reopen to see if it gives a secret hat! Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 19:15
  • @ShaWizDowArd Thanks to vote to reopen :) I gave a new secret hat :)
    – Himanshu
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 5:30
  • @hims056 you mean the cupcake? Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 7:17
  • @ShaWizDowArd NO. I mean Gotta Catch 'Em All! :)
    – Himanshu
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 10:32

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Yes, and here's a list of them:

















Collect them all!

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    Oh, I love the third one!
    – yannis
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:17
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    You're just trying to get more hats, aren't you? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:17
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    You got one of them wrong.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:18
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    They're written in such invisible ink that they even appear in the same colour as the background when viewing the source. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:19
  • Their names are all made up of non-printable characters. (As distinct from non-printable words.) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:20
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    @Anna Lear: Which one? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:23
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn it'd be too easy if I told you, wouldn't it?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:29
  • @AnnaLear There is nothing wrong with easy. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:29
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    Confirming I just received "The Emperors New Hat".
    – Leigh
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 9:39
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    What's this hunter2 hat?
    – CodeCaster
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 11:25
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    -1. You are missing <li>s in your list.
    – DVK
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 13:03
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    How many of you highlighted the answer on the off chance that there was white-colored text in there? Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 5:24
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    You're not using the spoiler tag.
    – chirale
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 18:12
  • @chirale: Fixed. Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 18:16
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    you gave me a heart attack because I thought there was a css bug with the spoiler block. have a upvote anyways.
    – Jin
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 15:06
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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
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 8:28
  • How to find such sprite image?
    – Himanshu
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 10:34
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    @hims056 you can see by firebug Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 10:39
  • Not all of them are here - could there be others? Or is this sprite meant to fool us all? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 10:48
  • @irrelephant you can see this in stack overflow not in meta ... check edited answer ] Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 10:58
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    Yes, but for example the "n00b Hat" in Yannis' answer is not on this sprite. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 11:00
  • @irrelephant than it might possible they have either modified or have other image Commented Dec 19, 2012 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. :) Commented Dec 19, 2012 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
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 11:32
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    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. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 20:44
  • The beard is not on here. Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 1:02
  • Jesus.... i want beard ...how to get this Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 4:35
  • Aw man! Hats have gotten better since 2012. Still miss the older ones really!
    – sud007
    Commented Dec 17, 2022 at 17:31
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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, http://winterba.sh/epic-punyon-beard and it will show you more details like...

more details

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    Very helpful thx.
    – rekire
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 11:23
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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! Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:25
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    @hims056 The Abby is something you do a lot, you'll get it very soon...
    – yannis
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:27
  • @AustinHenley The cake takes a bit of effort, but it's worth it.
    – yannis
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:28
  • @Yannis Something everyone does a lot or just @hims056?!? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:29
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    -1: why do you get secret hats and I don't? ;-) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:30
  • @AustinHenley Something I hope everyone does (but not everyone can, there's a rep requirement).
    – yannis
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:30
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    Ok, if no one says it, im going to explode >_> Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:31
  • So there is a correct way and an incorrect way... hmmmm.. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:32
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    @AustinHenley Unfortunately, I don't think you can get the cupcake right now, you'll need a bit more rep for it.
    – yannis
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:35
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    @Yannis That is practically discrimination. Lower rep people need cupcakes too. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:36
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    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
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:44
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    These comments are getting a little too much. I'm downvoting the answer for promoting needless, unconstructive blabber. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 4:53
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn: but isn't "needless, unconstructive blabber" pretty much business as usual for (most of) meta?
    – Mac
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 5:26
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    I'm surprised no one has found the easter egg on winterba.sh homepage yet. To make it appear, you just h
    – Jin
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 19:31
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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 :) Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 5:29
  • @NewAlexandria We can see the description everywhere now :)
    – Himanshu
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 5:32
  • Wow these must be cool really! Not sure they work in 2022 though!
    – sud007
    Commented Dec 17, 2022 at 17:30
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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?
    – Himanshu
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 5:43
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    @hims056 Look for people boasting about it. Also look at the leaderboard
    – shea
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 5:46
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    This is the only serious answer to the question. Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 17:47

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