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Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 9:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A schoolboy was taught the rule 'I before E except after C'. One day, he put E before I, and his childhood was never the same again. Why not?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he put the letter E before the letter I when he was spelling a word?
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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 11:20 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Notable exceptions to the rule relevant? Was there some Bible v Evolution debate going on and he had trouble with Deity & Science?
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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 1:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

LOL, Peter!

Did the e before i change the meaning of the word entirely? Did he actually misspell a word?

Are words like seizure and Seinfield relevant?
Redwine (Redwine)
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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 3:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do "I", "E" and "C" in the puzzle sentence refer to letters? Was the rule concerning chemical experiments? Order of eating/drinking things?
Alexanderhamilton (Alexanderhamilton)
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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 5:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he change the order of the letters in his name?

True story? FYOI? Is this schoolboy at all famous? Would I recognize his name?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 9:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Doriana:

Did he put the letter E before the letter I when he was spelling a word? yes

Peter365:

Notable exceptions to the rule relevant? no Was there some Bible v Evolution debate going on and he had trouble with Deity & Science? ...and that young man who embarrassed his Physics professor that day? He grew up to be... Albert Ienstien. No.

Lynne:

Did the e before i change the meaning of the word entirely? no - definitions are not relevant to the solution Did he actually misspell a word? yes

Are words like seizure and Seinfield relevant? no

Redwine:

Do "I", "E" and "C" in the puzzle sentence refer to letters? yes, and only letters Was the rule concerning chemical experiments? no Order of eating/drinking things? no

Alexanderhamilton:

Did he change the order of the letters in his name? no

True story? yes FYOI? no Is this schoolboy at all famous? No/irrel Would I recognize his name? no
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 12:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was his childhood never the same again because something good was caused by putting E before I? because something was caused?
Did someone die because of him putting E before I?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:04 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was his childhood never the same again because something good was caused by putting E before I? no because something was caused? yes
Did someone die because of him putting E before I? no
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The questions should have read "because something bad was caused". Is the answer to the updated question still yes?

Was the [bad] thing related to his school career? his family? his friends? his health?

Relevant in what context he misspelled the word? If so, at school? in a private setting? Is the word itself relevant?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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The questions should have read "because something bad was caused". Is the answer to the updated question still yes? Yes - I had assumed that was your intention

Was the [bad] thing related to his school career? his family? his friends? no to these his health? noish

Relevant in what context he misspelled the word? yes If so, at school? in a private setting? this Is the word itself relevant? finding out the specific word probably isn't the most helpful line of enquiry, although it may be worthwhile
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:23 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he misspell it in a letter? an e-mail? a text message?* a note? a list? his list of Christmas wishes?

*Time or location relevant?
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:25 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he misspell it in a letter? an e-mail? a text message?* a note? a list? his list of Christmas wishes? no to all

*Time or location relevant? no, independently of other answers
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:28 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he misspell it in something he wrote for himself? in something that was supposed to be read by someone else? If the latter, relevant who was supposed to read it?
Is the boy's exact age relevant?
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Did the misspelling somehow cause his death? Does it have to do with medication or a precription?
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:24 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he in a spelling bee? Some other kind of competition? Was he spelling the word out loud when he misspelled it? Writing it? Did someone misunderstand him because of the misspelling? Did he lose out on some opportunity because it looked like he couldn't spell? Did he realise he had misspelled the word?
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he misspell the word on the phone?
Was it a name? An address?

Did the misspelling result in someone not getting an important message? Not getting into contact?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 7:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Doriana:

Did he misspell it in something he wrote for himself? yes in something that was supposed to be read by someone else? no If the latter, relevant who was supposed to read it? n/a
Is the boy's exact age relevant? no

Konnie:

Did the misspelling somehow cause his death? no Does it have to do with medication or a precription? no

Enjay:

Was he in a spelling bee? no Some other kind of competition? no Was he spelling the word out loud when he misspelled it? no Writing it? yope Did someone misunderstand him because of the misspelling? no Did he lose out on some opportunity because it looked like he couldn't spell? no Did he realise he had misspelled the word? not at the time; he may have afterwards, but it doesn't materially affect the puzzle

Sleepingbeaver:

Did he misspell the word on the phone? no
Was it a name? no An address? yope

Did the misspelling result in someone not getting an important message? no Not getting into contact? no
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Had someone else actually read the misspelled word, though? Was it in his diary? Something else that he thought to be secret? Did he find out that someone was frequently reading whatever secret notes? Because someone repeated the mistake? Pointed out the correct spelling?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Had someone else actually read the misspelled word, though? no Was it in his diary? no Something else that he thought to be secret? no Did he find out that someone was frequently reading whatever secret notes? no Because someone repeated the mistake? no Pointed out the correct spelling? no
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Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 8:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he mean to write a word? Was he checking how words look like when one disobey the rule? Was he practising his signature? Was the word he wrote in English?
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Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 2:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If he was yopishly writing it, did he type it? And if it's yopishly an address, was it a URL? A Google search?

Uh, I don't suppose he intended to go to a kid-friendly website and ended up somewhere more, ahem, mature?
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Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 3:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he misspell an e-mail address? ending up in some other person receiving the e-mail?
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Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 8:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Alexanderhamilton:

If he was yopishly writing it, did he type it? yes And if it's yopishly an address, was it a URL? yes A Google search? no

Uh, I don't suppose he intended to go to a kid-friendly website and ended up somewhere more, ahem, mature? Precisely.

***** SPOILER *****

In the early 2000s, unscrupulous webmasters would host pornographic content on sites with similar names to popular childrens sites (e.g. bobthebiulder.com). The boy fell into this trap by typing barneyandfreinds or similar.


Nice solve by Hamilton, with some good extrapolation on the answers given.
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I once had to go to turnitin.com to submit a school assignment for a plagiarism check, but wound up putting an extra T between "turn" and "it." My school's firewall blocked the porno site, but it also sent out an alert to the computer lab monitor who wanted to know why I was visiting such naughty sites.
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And then there was the time I had to do a presentation on Nixon, so I looked up "Deep Throat" on Wikipedia, but it took me to the article on the porno film instead of the one about the informant. And then my teacher came over to check on me at that exact moment. Fortunately, he believed me.
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Every year, I take part in February Album Writing Month, which has its website at fawm.org. Many newcomers (and, indeed, seasoned veterans) absentmindedly type in fawm.com to get there, and discover quite quickly that it's a rather more naughty (and possibly illegal) sort of site.

In New Zealand at least, it's classified as suspected to contain images of minors, so kiwi participants who get the suffix wrong wind up with a warning from the Department of Internal Affairs. Such fun, dear readers, such fun.
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I remember that if you typed in WhiteHouse.com you got to an adult website. It now goes to a dead page, as does WhiteHouse.org
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Dick's Sporting Goods is an American sports store. I tried to Google it when I was 7. Enough said.
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Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 4:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I never got the concept of why porn website operators wanted children to stumble on their sites. I guess they thought that these kids would be more likely to grow up to be consumers of that content, but I could easily see it being the opposite.

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