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So I love the hats and all, especially my Chuck Yeager "secret" hat (though I still don't know what it was for (Update: now I think I know)).

And I'm not complaining or anything, but shouldn't the star be blue or something?

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Because to military folks like General Yeager a single red star on a white background definitely means something other than a proud son of the good ole' U.S. of A.

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Or is there some kind of secret message there too?

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    dundundun.net
    – Bart
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:36
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    You dare question the Yeager? Dec 16, 2013 at 15:38
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    @NickCraver Gosh, no, he's one of my heroes. I might be questioning the message though ... :-) Dec 16, 2013 at 15:44
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    You got the Chuck Yeager hat because you ■■■■■■■■ ■ ■■■■■■■■ ■■ ■■■■ ■■■■ ■■ ■■■■■■■ INFORMATION REDACTED CLASSIFICATION: TOP SECRET
    – Flyk
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:45
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    That hat really fits you. I'm just sayin'
    – user50049
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:51
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    @TinyTim Yeah really, right? It hits the nose almost perfectly. Dec 16, 2013 at 15:54
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    Off topic: belongs on skeptics.stackexchange.com
    – Pekka
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:54
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    @Pëkka Another one for you conspiracy nuts: If Community isn't a person, how can it wear hat(s)??
    – fredley
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:59
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a conspiracy.
    – Travis J
    Dec 16, 2013 at 16:00
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    I have clarified the title slightly for those who either are not reading the contents, or do not appreciate the somewhat whimsical nature of the Winter Bash and the Hats. Dec 16, 2013 at 16:02
  • Nothing whimsical about a google result with a title implying Yeager is somehow associated with being a Soviet. Jingle bells, sleighs, and funny hats aside, that is messed up and if you had any sort of respect for the man you would not have that implication in your title.
    – Travis J
    Dec 16, 2013 at 16:04
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    @TravisJ, et. al.: If you read the question carefully you will note that no such claim is made by me, nor is any conspiracy involving the great General Yeager implied by me. I am questioning whether the hat should be colored as it is because others less able to read either nuance or whimsy might infer such a claim by StackExchange. Dec 16, 2013 at 16:08
  • I disagree. The title is sensationalist to try to garner attention at the expense of Yeager. You may make the claim in the post which doesn't show up directly. As shown in an answer, the image is Chinese. Moreover, the US (via Yeager) worked with China in Pakistan during the cold war to fight against Russia who was working with India. So no, he was not a "secret soviet", and SE is also not implying it. The only person who even mentioned it, was you.
    – Travis J
    Dec 16, 2013 at 16:18
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    Sorry, I do whatever Leader Dearest tells me to.
    – Jin
    Dec 16, 2013 at 17:16
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    Deep down, I think we all knew that eventually, the decision to go with a color-blind designer would come back to bite us.
    – Jaydles
    Dec 16, 2013 at 19:32

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To directly answer your question: No, they're not trying to imply he was secretly working for the Soviets.

They're implying he was working for the Chinese.

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    See, I already had my reservations about outsourcing the hats ...
    – Bart
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:54
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    whooooooooooooooooooooooooooops.
    – user50049
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:55
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    Somewhat ironically, I just now earned a Chuck Yeager hat on Meta, which I can only assume came from this post.
    – Geobits
    Dec 16, 2013 at 16:11
  • @GenericHolidayName Hmm, that could have something to do with it.
    – user50049
    Dec 16, 2013 at 16:24
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    No but seriously, the man is an American hero - can we re-color the star please? Dec 16, 2013 at 21:41
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    @AdamRackis Are you saying California is un-American??!?1one Dec 17, 2013 at 21:00
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    @SevenSidedDie According to many Texans, California is un-American.
    – Geobits
    Dec 17, 2013 at 21:03
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    @GenericHolidayName Cool, Cascadia will take them then. Dec 17, 2013 at 21:08
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    @SevenSidedDie - yikes. I think you got me. I didn't even think of the CA flag since I'm from the correct, errr, east coast of the country :-) Dec 17, 2013 at 23:03
  • Maybe we can figure out the secret to the hat. I believe I was awarded the had due to answering this post: stackoverflow.com/questions/20660131/… Dec 18, 2013 at 15:22
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Everyone knows that painting something red makes it go faster.

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I don't know for sure, but I'm assuming this is one of the source images our designer worked off of:

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If only Yeager had flown in the days of color photography. Somebody travel back in time and settle this argument for real!

(Apparently, this headgear is a tank corpsman's helmet on top of a leather aviator's cap.)

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    I have neither a color picture of a similar helmet nor a TARDIS, but the device on then-Captain Yeager's helmet in this photo appears to be the roundel of the United States Air Force, which includes not a red star but a white one. Dec 18, 2013 at 18:54
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I will say, figuring out why you earned this hat might present you with a very bright opportunity. Or you could wait, all will be revealed in the end ....

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    My guess: a very quick answer?
    – Pekka
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:52
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    @Pëkka Nope. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (well, actually, sorda ...)
    – user50049
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:52
  • @Pëkka That's what I thought at first too. But fast answers are definitely not my forte', and I sure haven't had any today. Fast comments on the other hand ... hmmm ... Dec 16, 2013 at 15:56
  • Well, it's not getting the Enlightened badge, so my alternate guess would be that it's when someone favourites your question.
    – Tim Stone
    Dec 16, 2013 at 15:59
  • I am absolutely certain that it's answer-related. I got it for an answer that gained 5 upvotes and no downvotes on meta. I don't know if speed had anything to do with it. Presumably there's some sort of "the right stuff" thing going on.
    – Ben Barden
    Dec 16, 2013 at 19:46
  • modification to the last - it might be off of points earned in a day or something similar.
    – Ben Barden
    Dec 16, 2013 at 19:51
  • Waiting till the end is no fun!
    – Joe W
    Dec 16, 2013 at 21:40
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    I'd agree with @JoeW! unleash the bots to find this out!
    – MikaldL
    Dec 17, 2013 at 13:16
  • @BenBarden at least it is not about posting a question, because I have that hat on SO, and I have never asked a single question on SO so far (and I like it that way). Also my most recent (at the moment of writing) answer with 5 or more votes is from October. [It may be about editing, though]
    – Theraot
    Dec 17, 2013 at 19:07
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    So basically, if we figure out Yaeger then we get Eureka? I'm pretty certain Eureka is awarded by devs. As far as I can tell, Yaeger is for outscoring the accepted answer or some such. Dec 17, 2013 at 23:07
  • Hmmm, I think that Mr. Peanut may have it. This is something that I do all the time (edit/improve my posts, even after they're accepted). Dec 17, 2013 at 23:32
  • @Mr.PeanutMonopolyMcManish Well, you figured out how one of the hats work.
    – user50049
    Dec 18, 2013 at 6:08
  • @TinyTim Yay! So figuring out how you get the hat gets you the hat? Isn't that a bit circular? :P Dec 18, 2013 at 8:43
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    Could it have anything to do with employing Firebug chicanery to flag a question for migration to a site that's not listed in the "migrate this question to..." dialog? (Does that even work?) Dec 18, 2013 at 18:43
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    I think you have to edit your answer before the 5 minute grace period expires...
    – Jeff B
    Dec 20, 2013 at 2:12
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Is somebody dragging my name through the mud? Why is he wearing my hat?

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  • You're getting old, Chuck. You forgot how to spell your name.
    – Geobits
    Dec 19, 2013 at 0:07
  • @GenericHolidayName Lol, I was thinking of the bomb!
    – vascowhite
    Dec 19, 2013 at 0:08
  • You can't fool us vascowhite.
    – user102937
    Dec 19, 2013 at 0:28
  • @TheGrinch Darn it! Is it because my hat doesn't fit my Landrover Mr Harvey?
    – vascowhite
    Dec 19, 2013 at 0:41

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