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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:56 AM

The pope made a typo on Twitter. And I was there.

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We all kind of knew this would happen, didn't we? Once he got a Twitter account, it was inevitable. There were those of us who thought "Hey, maybe this infallibility thing is real. Maybe he'll be the only guy on the internet who doesn't sound like a jackass."

But that didn't happen.

Today, at about 6:30 am in the morning I, Paul Bibeau, still clad in my comfy pajamas, logged onto Twitter, saw something, and now I have the sad but necessary task of debunking the worldview of millions. Below is a link to the Tweets, and my pithy commentary. Try to brace yourselves. Maybe reach out and call someone you love. It will be a difficult day for all of us.

Of course, there's also that massive criminal conspiracy and that Galileo thingie, but I'm convinced this is IT.

UPDATE: The pope corrected the typo, with no comment. Which is kind of their MO. We'll probably have to wait 500 years for an explanation. In the meantime, since he's obviously reading my blog, I'm going to say more about condoms in Africa and the humanity of gay people, so maybe they'll just quietly fix that too.

UPDATE #2: Also, he has about 1.5 million followers, and many of them noticed it too. It's possible he's not reading my comments directly. I'm sorry for the confusion. What can I say? I'm human.


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Brainstormy Feb 2013 #2
paulbibeau Feb 2013 #4
JDPriestly Feb 2013 #3
ananda Feb 2013 #5

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:41 AM

2. Good Grief!

I'd never seen your blog. Now I have to blow off a couple hours of my otherwise highly productive day reading all of your funny, brilliant writing. And I'll probably keep reading your blog which will cause me to waste many, many otherwise highly productive minutes in my otherwise highly productive life. Thanks a lot!

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:08 AM

4. I'm very sorry/delighted.

Thank you for your kind words/that makes me miserable to know. I sincerely wish you much enjoyment/I'm sincerely appalled, by the prospects which loom before you. I know what it's like to discover something you like/I know what it's like to procrastinate and then hate yourself.

Usually for me, it involves porn and videogames/Usually for me, it involves porn and videogames.

Your message made my day/I'm going to put my head in an oven.


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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:48 AM

3. Well, there goes the whole Catholic Church is always right thing.

Wasn't Jesus rather humble?

I don't recall any mention that Jesus wore a Pope's mitre.

And while we are on the topic of the Pope's mitre (hat).

The word μίτρα, mítra, (or, in its Ionic form, μίτρη, mítrē first appears in Greek and signifies either of several garments: a kind of waist girdle worn under a cuirass, as mentioned in Homer's Iliad; a headband used by women for their hair; a sort of formal Babylonian head dress, as mentioned by Herodotus (Histories 1.195 and 7.90). The former two meanings have been etymologically connected with the word μίτος, mítos, "thread", but the connection is tenuous at best; the latter word is probably a loan from Old Persian.
Jewish High Priest wearing the mitznefet

In ancient Israel, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) wore a headdress called the Mitznefet (Hebrew: מצנפת, often translated into English as "mitre"), which was wound around the head so as to form a broad, flat-topped turban. Attached to it was the Tzitz (Hebrew: ציץ, a plate of solid gold bearing the inscription "Holiness to YHWH" (Exodus 39:14, 39:30). Lesser priests wore a smaller, conical turban.
Byzantine empire

The camelaucum (Greek: καμιλαύκιον, kamilaukion), the headdress both the mitre and the Papal tiara stem from, was originally a cap used by officials of the Imperial Byzantine court. "The tiara probably developed from the Phrygian cap, or frigium, a conical cap worn in the Graeco-Roman world. In the 10th century the tiara was pictured on papal coins." Other sources claim the tiara developed the other way around, from the mitre. In the late Empire it developed into the closed type of Imperial crown used by Byzantine Emperors (see illustration of Michael III, 842-867).

In Western Europe, the mitre was first used in ancient Rome by the Salii and other priests, and outside of Rome about the year 1000. Worn by a bishop, the mitre is depicted for the first time in two miniatures of the beginning of the eleventh century. The first written mention of it is found in a Bull of Pope Leo IX in the year 1049. By 1150 the use had spread to bishops throughout the West; by the 14th century the tiara was decorated with three crowns.


Do you think Jesus would make typos on Twitter?

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:11 AM

5. The pope not infallible?

Heavens forfend!

What would Jesus think?

Oh yeah. Biggybiggydealdeal.

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