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Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 6:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How was a typo responsible for a Christmas tradition?
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Is this an old tradition? Last 50 years? 100? 500? 1000?
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Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 10:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

An actual typo (that is, a mistyping on some mechanical device)? or merely an error in transcription? or translation?
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Is this an old tradition? Last 50 years? 100? This. 500? 1000?

An actual typo (that is, a mistyping on some mechanical device)? This. or merely an error in transcription? Or this. or translation?
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Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 2:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

this tradition - is it followed by a particular group of people? or by all those who celebrate Christmas? most of them? does it pertain to a particular country? continent?
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Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 2:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the typo change one noun into another noun? change a word into a different word of the same part of speech as the original? change a word into a different word that is a different part of speech? change the way a Christmas carol is sung? change the pronunciation of something? change history (so someone thinks something happened in a different manner or place than it actually happened?)
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Was it because of one letter switched with another in a word? Deleted? Added? Duplicated? Was it changed into another existing word? (Like pork > port, for example.)
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Does this have anything to do with the way people write "Xmas" instead of Christmas sometimes?
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does the typo relate to a Christmas song? the title or the lyrics? to another form of Christmas text? a poem?
does it relate to a Christmas activity?
to a Christmas location? a Christmas participant?
"Klaus" to "Claus," for example? (not exactly a typo, I know...)
does it relate to some accoutrement of Christmas? to some traditional food or beverage?
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this tradition - is it followed by a particular group of people? Yes, for svv of group. or by all those who celebrate Christmas? most of them? does it pertain to a particular country? Yes. continent? Also this.

Did the typo change one noun into another noun? change a word into a different word of the same part of speech as the original? change a word into a different word that is a different part of speech? change the way a Christmas carol is sung? change the pronunciation of something? change history (so someone thinks something happened in a different manner or place than it actually happened?) No to all.

Was it because of one letter switched with another in a word? Deleted? Added? Duplicated? Was it changed into another existing word? (Like pork > port, for example.) No to all.

Does this have anything to do with the way people write "Xmas" instead of Christmas sometimes? No.

does the typo relate to a Christmas song? the title or the lyrics? to another form of Christmas text? a poem? No to all.
does it relate to a Christmas activity? Yes.
to a Christmas location? a Christmas participant? Like a character? No.
"Klaus" to "Claus," for example? (not exactly a typo, I know...)
does it relate to some accoutrement of Christmas? to some traditional food or beverage? No to all.
Twilightseeker (Twilightseeker)
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Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 11:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is this a European country? North America?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Is this a European country? North America? This.
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Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 - 12:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

America? Mexico? Canada?

Did it just happen in country X and influences other countries too, or do other countries not have this tradition at all? Could this have potentially happened in another country?
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Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 - 1:32 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

America? Mexico? Canada? Occurred in the US, influences both the US and Canada.

Did it just happen in country X and influences other countries too, or do other countries not have this tradition at all? Could this have potentially happened in another country? Yes.
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Did the typo appear in print? for the masses? in a newspaper? a magazine? other circular? or periodical?
was the typo on a handbill or other advertisement?
can we have the [LTPF list of decades], please?
location in US relevant? if so, [LTPF 50 states], if you would, please?
does the relevant Christmas activity involve singing or songs? eating or drinking? gift-giving? receiving? wrapping packages? sending cards? hanging stockings? decorations at all?
Christmas lights on the house?
trees?
numbers involved in the typo?
multiple letters altered in the typo?
was a word egregiously misspelled, and is now a new word?
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Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 - 9:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mistletoe relevant? (I sure wonder where that one came from)

Any kind of food or drink relevant?
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Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 - 12:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the typo appear in print? Yes. for the masses? Yes. in a newspaper? Unknown. Likely this. a magazine? other circular? Or this. or periodical?
was the typo on a handbill or other advertisement? Or this.
can we have the [LTPF list of decades], please? 1950s.
location in US relevant? Yes. if so, [LTPF 50 states], if you would, please? Colorado.
does the relevant Christmas activity involve singing or songs? eating or drinking? gift-giving? receiving? wrapping packages? sending cards? hanging stockings? decorations at all?
Christmas lights on the house?
trees? No to all.
numbers involved in the typo? Yes.
multiple letters altered in the typo? No.
was a word egregiously misspelled, and is now a new word? No.

Mistletoe relevant? No. (I sure wonder where that one came from) It's a Scandinavian custom and probably comes from something pagan.

Any kind of food or drink relevant? No.
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these relevant numbers - did they form a telephone number?
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these relevant numbers - did they form a telephone number? Yes.
Woubit (Woubit)
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In that case I will retire and leave the rest of the solution to others.
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 2:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You know the story, huh? I reckon a number of us, at least in North America, are familiar with this tradition.
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Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 10:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Puzzle title relevant? Was it a phone number for people to call for a specific purpose? But they ended up somewhere else? Did the people at "somewhere else" play along/do something special? NORAD's tracking of Santa relevant?
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Puzzle title relevant? Just a touch. Was it a phone number for people to call for a specific purpose? Yes. But they ended up somewhere else? Yes. Did the people at "somewhere else" play along/do something special? Yes. NORAD's tracking of Santa relevant? Got it.

********** SPOILER ***********

In 1955, a Colorado store posted a "Santa Hotline" with a typo -- the number actually pointed to the headquarters of Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). The crew, though surprised, took it in stride. Today CONAD's successor, NORAD, provides tongue-in-cheek tracking info to anyone who calls in.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 10:28 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

BTW, I believe the custom of hanging up mistletoe (as a protection) comes from the British druids, during the middle ages it was used through-out Europe for protection against witches. The "kissing tradition" and mistletoe comes from Greece.

However, the arrow that Balder was shot with was made from mistletoe.

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