Lately I'm noticing more and more top sites that get a funny pr like 3,
e.g. look at Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development Blog, he's likely the most famous blogger ever and has hundreds of thousands of backlinks - all natural, but the blog and site is pr3. I don't see any of his blog's pages that are above pr3, yet pretty much on any related keyword his posts come up first in google.

Did google just figured they'd keep the pr and update it randomly to distract the webmasters from the really important things?