I noticed a new feature of various amusing added features for your avatar (hats). Theis seems to be a new feature. What is the origin of this feature?

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I got 19 hats. I am very proud! –  Gil Kalai Jan 3 '13 at 13:25
    
Now, they are all gone. –  Gil Kalai Jan 5 '13 at 15:33
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"all we are is dust in the wind" –  vzn Jan 6 '13 at 5:21
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This is the stackexchange winter bash: http://winterba.sh/

I'm a little puzzled as to the point of it all, but it seems like good fun. What I can't figure out is why it doesn't work with pictures. it only seems to work if you don't have a picture.

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+Yury has a picture and a hat. –  JɛffE Dec 28 '12 at 1:26
    
Huh. I can't figure out how to get my hat on. –  Suresh Venkat Dec 28 '12 at 4:48
    
Ah ok. I had to login to winterba.sh first. –  Suresh Venkat Dec 28 '12 at 4:50
    
I manage to put my hat on without logining to anything but the main site. (Anyway, nice hat Suresh!) –  Gil Kalai Dec 28 '12 at 9:20
    
the point of it is a marketing gimmick to eg increase exposure, "branding", activity etc. one that slipped thru the cracks this time (ie passed thru the general/usual strong resistance). for humorless theoreticians it might seem useless or pointless. looking thru old archives, in the past other marketing gimmicks have been resoundly rejected by this "community". –  vzn Jan 2 '13 at 22:47
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