Newspaper Is Put on the Naughty List As It Prints Santa Claus Obituary

Whoops. A newspaper in Norway is in hot water after accidentally publishing an obituary for Santa Claus. Good old Father Christmas was said to have died on December 3 in Nordkapp, Norway's northernmost point.

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His birth date was listed as December 12, 1788. Aftenposten, the nation's second largest newspaper issued a statement saying that "an error in its internal procedures" caused the mix-up.

Did no one copy edit the paper before it was published? This is big news you guys! Santa died. The notice also mentioned his funeral, which was to be held this December 28 at the "North Pole Chapel."

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You'll probably have to provide your own sleigh to get there though. Magical flying reindeer not included.

The newspaper published a statement about being duped into publishing the classified ad, saying, "Aftenposten has strict guidelines for both the content and use of symbols in our obituaries. This ad is a violation of these and should never have been published."

They also said they'd investigate and find out how this happened, but I could probably just tell them myself. Someone was being a smart alec, and it just slipped through the cracks without being noticed.

Thank goodness it's only a fictional obit -- it would be terrible if Santa really died.

 

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