Today while searching I voted on a question and suddenly got a hat so out of curiosity I checked it and it said I received a "Mmmm Bacon" hat, as shown below.

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Now the question is how a hat that is to be awarded on 30th of December is awarded on 29th of December? Is this a bug or something else that I failed to understand?

  • +1 I have received this hat just now.
    – user340193
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 11:52

1 Answer 1


No – it's December 30th already on some Pacific islands, therefore you get the hat now already. See the following question for the general motivation:

Why are date-based hats awarded too early?

See this answer for the exact award times for the December 25th hat (Bûche de Noël) – you can extrapolate for the Mmmm Bacon hat.

(copied from my answer here)

  • If you say that they have kept 12 hours of gap due to time zone the even at the time of this comment it is till not even 11:58 UTC. Then how can i have the hat earlier then 12 hours???? Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 11:57
  • I never said 12 hours; it's actually 14 hours 'before' and 12 hours 'after'. The world's timezones range from UTC+14 to UTC-12.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 12:00
  • Actually It is there in the answer you suggested in the first link. And why 14 hours before(just out of curiosity don't know the logic for 14 hours before)?? Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 12:05
  • The +/- in that answer was probably meant as ± which means about, but not exactly. I explained why it is 14 hours in my previous comment.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 12:10
  • Please link to meta.stackexchange.com/q/245122/115866 when answering questions like this, that's the canonical post. Thanks!
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 14:29

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