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As you can see, dorky hats are a tradition that go back thousands of years in this country. An ancient saying goes: "A stupid hat hides a clever mind." The higher in rank in society, the goofier the headgear. You knew who was in charge, you just looked for the biggest doof in the room.
Today, you would never see Hu Jintao in such headgear, because he is a modern man with great hair. However, one need go no further than outside one's door to see the masses trying their best to show great face with bad hats.