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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

AskWiki Experiment: Where Does Santa Claus live?

Today a new website called AskWiki started up. You can go there and ask questions directly, and get responses.

I asked it "Where does Santa Claus live?" and got the following response:

In Europe (more precisely the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany) he is still portrayed as a bearded bishop in canonical robes. The relics of St. Nicholas were transported to Bari in southern Italy by some enterprising Italian merchants; a basilica was constructed in 1087 to house them and the area became a pilgrimage site for the devout. Saint Nicholas became revered by many as the patron saint of seamen, merchants, archers, children, prostitutes, pharmacists, lawyers, pawnbrokers, prisoners, the city of Amsterdam, and of Russia. In Greece, Saint Nicholas is substituted for Saint Basil (Agios Vasilis in Greek), a 4th century AD bishop from Caesarea.

I replaced it with:

"Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, where he owns a toy factory run by elves. It is believed that Santa Claus is married, and he enjoys raising flying reindeer. On especially blustery Christmas nights, Santa's sleigh is pulled by one of the descendants of Rudolph. Many movies and television shows have attempted to portray what Santa's house looks like, but no one really knows, because Santa keeps it very well hidden."
As anyone can modify a Wiki entry, it will be interesting to see what happens.

3 comments:

Kurt Schroeder 10/24/2007 08:11:00 PM  

It didn't change for some reason.

Andrew 11/03/2007 11:06:00 AM  

Maybe it take some time for the database to update. Your answer is there now.
http://askwiki.com/AskWiki/index.php/Where_does_Santa_Claus_live%3F

Kurt Schroeder 12/31/2007 08:48:00 AM  

Someone changed my entry to read:

In Europe (more precisely the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany) he is still portrayed as a bearded bishop in canonical robes. The relics of St. Nicholas were transported to Bari in southern Italy by some enterprising Italian merchants; a basilica was constructed in 1087 to house them and the area became a pilgrimage site for the devout. Saint Nicholas became revered by many as the patron saint of seamen, merchants, archers, children, prostitutes, pharmacists, lawyers, pawnbrokers, prisoners, the city of Amsterdam, and of Russia. In Greece, Saint Nicholas is substituted for Saint Basil (Agios Vasilis in Greek), a 4th century AD bishop from Caesarea.

I told them that answer wold be better filed under an entry for Saint Nicholas, and I replaced it with my previous version.