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Hidden : 11/30/2010
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Welcome to Ye Ticker Tune-up Trail Thank You (YTTuTTY). This cache was placed in thanks to FlagMan, Lulu499 and Jahoadi and John. These are the characters who placed the TTuT series.

When I completed the TTuT series, I was very sad. For one thing, I was going to have to find other destinations for my daily Ticker Tune-up. I had logged almost 25 miles over the period that the TTuT caches were released. My surgeon was most impressed by my progress. Alas, as they say, all good things come to an end.

But Ms. LLOT had a brilliant idea. By placing a Thank You cache, I could not only thank the people who placed the TTuT series, but I would get one more walk in this beautiful canyon.

Trivia: Those of you who are only interested in finding the cache can stop reading now. Those who want to add to their store of completely useless knowledge, however, should continue reading.

In Old Norse and Old English, there was a letter called "thorn" and it looked like this: Þ. It was used for the "th" sound that we still have in modern English. As Old English morphed into Middle English, the thorn lost its ascender and it morphed into something that was shaped more like this: Ƿ. Moreover, in most instances, Þ was rendered using the digraph 'th'. There were only a few instances where the thorn lived on: namely in words like "Ƿe", "Ƿis", "Ƿat", and "Ƿou" (or if you like: "the", "this" "that" and "thou") This shape, combined with the advent of movable type used in printing, caused a rather interesting footnote in the English language.

As it happened, most sets of type came from Germany and Italy where there was no need for the "thorn" and thus, there was no Þ or Ƿ in the box. What's a printer to do? The answer was to pick the letter that looks closest, namely 'Y'. And it is because of this that "Ƿe" became "Ye" and "Ƿou became "You". In Middle English, these words were still pronounced as "the" and "thou". It is only in more recent times that "ye" and "you" became the pronunciations that we use when we say "Would you like to go to Ye Olde Pub?"

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Haqre ybj ohfu.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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