I recently earned a secret hat:

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How do I know the reason why I earned it?

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    $\begingroup$ I think the point of the secret hats is that they are... ummm... secret. $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:46
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    $\begingroup$ Given who Chuck Yeager is, I would hazard a guess that this hat is for participating in Winter Bash early. But can you guess what my and Arthur's secret hats are for? $\endgroup$ Dec 16, 2013 at 17:40
  • $\begingroup$ I was wondering the same about Johnny Three-Hats. $\endgroup$
    – dfeuer
    Dec 16, 2013 at 23:43
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    $\begingroup$ Hmm good one. The connection to the first pilot to break the speed of sound. Is there something, or things, you have been the first person to do, or achieve, very fast? You definitely broke some sort of barrier (maybe several) on that Monty Hall problem around the same time you posted this. My hat goes off to you there! $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2013 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ First to answer a question? $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2013 at 8:10
  • $\begingroup$ But ... Look at the Mean Square in Chuck Yeager helmet. That's a matching hat! $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2013 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ The idea of a secret hat defeats the values of a math site. Math should be transparent. Secret hats suggest a team of unknown elites who are secretly laughing at all of us for unknown reasons. It is off-putting. $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Dec 27, 2016 at 14:56

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Don't worry about why you earned something, and you don't know why you earned it. Instead, focus on the happiness it brings you :)


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