A typo in a Vancouver Island newspaper has had people spreading cheer in a very devilish way.
On November 21st, the Downtown Courtenay newspaper accidentally printed “Pictures with Satan” instead of “Pictures with Santa” in its advertisement for the Comox Valley Christmas Parade. The parade happened this past Sunday and both Santa and Satan made their highly anticipated appearances.
It appears the Valley I grew up in got a lot more metal since I moved away. If I didn't have too many books to read that say, I'd consider the trip for the picture with Satan.
Also, Captain Thunderpants is our local space pirate, because every town needs one. pic.twitter.com/ZDWLZlyOhN
— Kathy Trithardt 📚 (@kathytrithardt) November 23, 2019
Tim “Skippy” Miller took it upon himself to dress as the devil himself after seeing the typo. Miller came with his face painted red and black and was dressed in a red Santa suit fully equipped with horns and claws. Miller also made his own sign that read “Hell froze over so I moved to the Comox Valley!”
Pictures on social media show tons of parade attendees posing with “Skippy the Satan”- who was equally as popular as Santa himself.
— Michael Minler (@MusqudoboitMike) December 1, 2019
On his Facebook page, Miller says he dressed up because he has “always been a joker [his whole] life.” “That is part of the reason I do what I do. If I can make an unhappy person smile or laugh even for a few seconds I did my job,” he continued.
The Satan-Santa typo went viral and was even featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “A newspaper in Canada ran a Christmas ad this week that misspelled Santa’s name as Satan,” Meyers said. “Weird, that’s so weird. ‘The same thing happened to me at Starbucks,’ said Kellyanne Conway.”
Maybe “Skippy the Satan” will have his very own parade next year!