1. Weird

    The Quest for Scumbag Steve’s Hat, One Man’s Journey for an Internet Icon

    We've all seen the Scumbag Steve meme. It's been populating the Internet for years now, but what makes it fascinating is that it's gotten a number of spin-offs. These offshoots center not on "Steve" but rather his iconic, ridiculous-looking hat. Matt Mirandi over at Connectivist tried to track it down, and his story is wonderful.

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  2. Weird

    Thai Anti-Cheating Hats are Stylish and Functional

    Cheating at Bangkok's Kasetsart University is apparently so bad that they've taken to requiring students to wear anti-cheating helmets (pictured above) when taking tests. I caught a few kids cheating when I worked as a teacher, but it was never so bad that I considered busting out silly hats.

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  3. Science

    One-of-a-Kind Giant Magma Bubble in South America Looks Just Like a Sombrero

    A team of geologists has identified one of the largest magma bubbles on the face of the planet, and delightfully, it happens to look like a giant sombrero. A bubble of superheated magma 62 miles across is constantly growing and rising in the center of the geologic uplift, while all around it, the rest of the valley sinks incrementally lower each year, turning the sombrero uplift into the new Most Awesome Geologic Phenomenon Named After a Thing You Wear On Your Head. Sorry, Mount Hood, Helmet Peak, and Hat Mountain.

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  4. Tech

    FBI’s New Facial Recognition Program Leaves No Place to Hide

    We've been worried about the government using security cameras and other devices to track our lives for a little while now. Well, what may have started as paranoia is rapidly becoming a serious concern: The FBI has announced that they plan to spend one billion dollars to build a new type of facial recognition database that will allow the agency to identify suspects and people of interest using security footage from public cameras.

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  5. Weird

    Pasta Strainer Recognized As Official Hat Of The Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster

    The Austrian government recently made policy changes to allow citizens to wear "confessional headgear" of a religious orientation in official photographs, like driver's license pictures. Well, never ones to miss a good loop-hole, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (also known as Pastafarianism) has won the right to have members don a pasta strainer as a hat in photographs for official government documents. Niko Alm of Austria has won his three-year battle with the government, which included a mandated psychological evaluation to see if he had the mental ability to drive at all. Alm passed with flying colors and was granted government permission under the religious statute to sport a pasta strainer on his head in his official driver's license photo. For those not familiar with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, it was founded in 2005 in opposition to the teaching of intelligent design in American schools.

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  6. Weird

    Cats in Cup Hats [Video]

    These are some cats, and they are completely indifferent about having cups on their head. What else is there to say? (via Reddit)

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