#201 Posted by Jay_Ray (1070 posts) -

So, my guess is that CAH is just fucking with us making sure we keep some of this useless crap.

#202 Edited by finalbossM (3 posts) -

I received day 6 today, thought the package looks like one goose a laying rather than 6 geese. It has three posters in it and a nite about the post family who drew them.

#203 Edited by kiapurity (26 posts) -

5th envelope today. More CAH cards, hooray!

I'm inclined to agree with @jay_ray because ... uhhhh I have nothing to go on with.

#204 Posted by seanbooker (205 posts) -

Canadian here, only received day 3 so far.

#205 Edited by captcrax (8 posts) -

EDIT: request for high res scan of day 4 envelope has been fulfilled now. Thanks!

#206 Posted by misswench (9 posts) -

@mb: I agree, they keep saying that you will know it when you see it, and you will know how to tell them when you solve it. I have a feeling this may be crazy easy but people will be looking for something harder than it is???

On that note, I hate the USPS right now. It has been a week since I got my last envelope. The suspense!!!!

#207 Posted by Jaimenjones (6 posts) -

no envelopes since day 2...

#208 Edited by seanbooker (205 posts) -

I had a friend who got a box set of Power Rangers DVDs from Amazon from them.

#209 Edited by LikeaSsur (1495 posts) -

This thread is PronunciationBook conspiracy theories all over again.

#210 Posted by cheato (15 posts) -

Actually got 3 and 5 yesterday!

What's interesting is the first light bulb (if you go around clockwise on each envelope, starting in the top right corner) is always green. Maybe this is some sort of "sync" mark between all of them? It must be that ALL of the envelopes are needed in order to decode something, since the paper also says that the "puzzle is hidden across all 12 days of gifts." Perhaps it's first light bulb on envelope 1 (the one right after green), first light bulb on envelope 2, etc.

#211 Posted by Kinkie_Pie (5 posts) -

Maybe it relys on a stoplight pattern? Green for go, red for stop, etc...

#212 Posted by billymagnum (719 posts) -
#213 Posted by ErkMeister (10 posts) -

@artyen said:

Additional thoughts

I noticed some potential hints/clues in the Day 5 picture: https://www.holidaybullshit.com/images/dayfive.jpg

Captain Crunch is not just a cereal, but a well known phone hacker, aka a "phreaker." His real name is John Draper , and is famous for being involved in various phone-related hacks, and for his involvement in the early days of phone phreaking, specifically the blue box era.

Related Imagery In Day 5's Picture:

  1. Captain Crunch (hacker/phreaker)
  2. Phone receiver (phreaking-related)
  3. Blue holiday present, "blue box" (phreaking tool)
  4. Clothespin (Could be made into a ghetto beige box when out of alligator clips)

Your thoughts, ladies & gentlemen? It seems a bit more than coincidental to have Captain Crunch, a "blue box," and the phone receiver in the photo, no?

That is what I was talking about with the pictures in the background being involved. I didn't know any specifics, but I had a feeling...

#214 Posted by The_Reflection (241 posts) -

day six spoiler

these day six posters are kinda terrible. Like its just some shitty scribbles.

#215 Posted by Dayton28 (3 posts) -

Hi, I created an account just so that I could reply to this thread.
I didn't see anyone mention this which which was odd as I thought it was rather obvious. So far on the website, the days that have a background that matches a lightbulb color also contains an object with a letter on it. Red is M, blue is C and green is L.

I'm not sure if this is just a coincidence, but in the little girls picture the green is shaped like an L, blue is C and red is, admittedly, a pretty shitty-looking M. The last remaining color on the website that matches the lightbulbs would be yellow (but that would mean that violet is actually blue). The yellow background in the girls picture also has some weird black lines that might help represent the letter. I could be grasping at straws, but I feel that this is the best connection between letters and colors that I've seen so far.

#216 Posted by matthewglidden (15 posts) -

Note that several envelopes allude to geek things, just like the web site combined Captain Crunch, a phone, and blue boxing.

Day 2 doesn't show "turtle doves," those are koopa troopas from Mario World.

Day 5 shows the severed right hand of Mandarin, the Marvel Comics villain.

What does each picture look like, if you DON'T think the 12 days of christmas? CAH already gave that hint, that it's something else entirely.

The Blue = C, Green = L, & Red = M tips above seem too strong to ignore, seeing how they appear on both the site and in the art. In other collectible card puzzles, you end up with an address, email, or phone number to contact with a particular message. That might yield another clue or be a place to send the solution.

#217 Posted by matthewglidden (15 posts) -

...and M C L are all letters used in Roman numerals, if we need another letter to number cypher to test.

#218 Posted by Kyoshi9 (9 posts) -

I'm in the boat that this is a clever ruse that the CAH crew thought up to keep a conspiracy theory group running. But maybe jut maybe the answer will be in the last letter and it will be some silly thing like, Happy Holidays from the CAH crew or The 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit.

Also probably already said before but the phrases that adorn the cards may be more tied into it all. Or the password may just be password.

#219 Posted by seanbooker (205 posts) -

Weird. I just received days 6 and 8 today. Crazy thing is that the comics for day 8 were in day 5's envelope.

#220 Posted by Jaimenjones (6 posts) -

I got day 3 and 4 in the mail today. A pack o the interfaith jerk cards and cluster fuck. Nothing different than what has been mentioned.

#221 Posted by Jaimenjones (6 posts) -

Oh not to mention my package was pretty much destroyed by USPS and the case/holder for Cluster Fuck looks like it's been in the hands of a two year old.

#222 Edited by thedon (1 posts) -

@matthewglidden: The color/letter association makes so much since. Also, if we go with that and assume a 6 color code that includes blue and purple on the lights...check out the clusterfuck panel on the site. Does that purple symbol of two people intertwined look like any particular letter to you? Maybe purple=Y

Also, not sure if this is going too far, but just in case any thing comes up later, check out the storm trooper in one of the video panels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1138_(number)#George_Lucas_and_Lucasfilm <--Maybe?

#223 Posted by jinandtonic (3 posts) -

Today I got 4 envelopes in the mail bringing me to a total of 10.

i have envelopes for every day except 7 and 9. is there any way i can help idk y'all have got it down im just pretty bad at figuring things out so i can contribute information on any envlopes/whats inside the envelopes! I think @dayton28 made a really good point about the letters except im having trouble following where you found the letters minus the L in the green

#224 Posted by HellBound (1046 posts) -

Got the clusterfuck game the other day. Never gonna find anyone to play that, but it is pretty neat.

Anyone else wish they would release an online game version of CAH?

#225 Posted by Dayton28 (3 posts) -

@matthewglidden: Nice catch with the roman numerals. Perhaps X, I, V will be some of the other letters and in the end, a series of colors will be turned into the roman numerals which end up being enough numbers to be a phone number.

@jinandtonic :On their website in the background of each day: https://www.holidaybullshit.com/

#226 Posted by matthewglidden (15 posts) -

@dayton28 & @thedon: Good note on purple = the sex position, which could be Y or X (if sticking with Roman numerals).

If letters correspond to numerals, you have this:

  • Day 1: Red = M (1000)
  • Day 4: Purple = X (10)
  • Day 5: Blue = C (100)
  • Day 7: Green = L (50)
  • I & V in days 9-12?

It's curious that the lights don't seem to include orange (just red & yellow), but CAH's DonorsChoose "thank you" letter from Michelle DOES and could be interpreted as a lower-case i.

CAH's what-we-did-with-your-money link isn't "live" and just shows a countdown timer for sometime tomorrow. I think the letter and whatever shows up on that page will be key to solving the puzzle. It just has too many oddities to ignore: similar color palette, reinforcement of green = L and blue = C, "pig," cards FOR humanity, very different versions of the letter i, repeated use of double-o, possible reference to 2012's holiday expansion, etc.

#227 Edited by HellBound (1046 posts) -

@dayton28 & @thedon: Good note on purple = the sex position, which could be Y or X (if sticking with Roman numerals).

If letters correspond to numerals, you have this:

  • Day 1: Red = M (1000)
  • Day 4: Purple = X (10)
  • Day 5: Blue = C (100)
  • Day 7: Green = L (50)
  • I & V in days 9-12?

So in other words, Half-Life 3 confirmed?

#228 Edited by DrCripto (7 posts) -

@hellbound: I can see the headline, " CAH announces Half-Life 3 game: 'The story of Half-Life 3 shall be told through our new revolutionary card game CLUSTERFUCK' "

#229 Edited by matthewglidden (15 posts) -

100% confirmed, Half-Life 3.

#230 Posted by Hunter5024 (5541 posts) -

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

#231 Posted by cheato (15 posts) -

@thedon said:

@matthewglidden: The color/letter association makes so much since. Also, if we go with that and assume a 6 color code that includes blue and purple on the lights...check out the clusterfuck panel on the site. Does that purple symbol of two people intertwined look like any particular letter to you? Maybe purple=Y

Also, not sure if this is going too far, but just in case any thing comes up later, check out the storm trooper in one of the video panels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1138_(number)#George_Lucas_and_Lucasfilm <--Maybe?

I had that exact same thought about the 'Y' on the card as well!

#232 Posted by Sergio (2049 posts) -

I'm not sure if they sent me the wrong envelope. Did anyone else receive the 11 Pipers Piping already? I have days 1-6, then 11.

#233 Posted by DrCripto (7 posts) -

@sergio: I think some of them have gotten mixed up in the mail. I got them out of order as well.

#234 Posted by timE1985 (16 posts) -

@sergio: I've gotten 1, 2, 6, 11, 12. Did anyone else get 12? The gift is absolutely amazing!

#235 Edited by matthewglidden (15 posts) -

They come out of order, sometimes 2 or 3 in one day. Got 1-6, 8, 11-12 so far. The last one's pretty cool.

#236 Edited by parhellion (1 posts) -

I've gotten every one as of last night. All of my lights start with green (if starting at the stamp and going clockwise). I'll investigate the potential cipher when I have time today.

Also, my day 12 was pretty awesome. I'll throw it on under spoiler protection when I'm not on my phone at work.

#237 Edited by billymagnum (719 posts) -

OMFG. Day 12.

A white card with your name on it.

that brings me to 7 days.. I have 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 12. Hopefully everything will arrive by Xmas!!!

#238 Posted by cheato (15 posts) -

Apparently all of the envelopes are now out into the wild. Some people had put up the actual light sequences and images on this Wiki, for those interested: http://cah-holiday-bs.wikia.com/wiki/Envelopes

There are (49 * 9) + 56 + (85 * 2) = 667 total lights. Subtract the initial 12 'G' lights (assuming they are a "start" sequence marker and not part of the actual code) = 651, or 5 * 131. Perhaps a sequence of 131 characters long? Not quite sure how to create a character from 5 lights though...I thought it might've been from 2 instead.

#239 Posted by Jaimenjones (6 posts) -

I got 12 today but I accidentally cut the corner trying to open the envelope :-(

#240 Posted by DwigtK (136 posts) -

I'm in Ontario,Canada, only received Day 1, 3 and 8

#241 Posted by misswench (9 posts) -

I have 1-4, 6, 8 and 11

#242 Edited by Kinkie_Pie (5 posts) -

I'm in NYC and I have 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, and 12. And they did NOT come in order.

#243 Posted by matthewglidden (15 posts) -

@cheato I can think of at least one way.

If you group by bits and use the HOT/COOL lights as ON/OFF, 2^5 gives you 32 options. That's enough for A-Z with extras, ASCII codes, DTMF phone codes, etc.

#244 Posted by EdwardHyena (10 posts) -

@drcripto: Gordon Freeman will just sit there with a middle finger trying to break up the three-way between a Combine Advisor, Dr. Breen, and the G-Man.

#245 Posted by Dayton28 (3 posts) -

I feel as though we're going to have to wait until the last day is posted on the website for the final clue and it will be more obvious than we're making it.

#246 Edited by kiapurity (26 posts) -

...didn't get anything yesterday (weird) but did get 7 today. I have been kind of getting mine in order (just that 2 and 3 were randomly switched.)

Looking at the envelope for 7, I'm just kind of at a loss.

#248 Edited by timE1985 (16 posts) -

@milkman: I suggest you delete that and repost with spoiler protection. Considering it was the best surprise I've gotten in a long time, it's really not okay to ruin it for others.

#249 Edited by Milkman (16526 posts) -

@time1985: I put it in a spoiler tag but the information is everywhere. It was even talked about on Unprofessional Fridays today. I doubt there are many people who haven't gotten the card yet that haven't already been spoiled.

#250 Edited by MB (11969 posts) -

@milkman: @time1985 was right...your post was a spoiler for me and I caught it before the edit. We had a good run going with everyone being pretty cool about spoiler tags and identifying which days their spoilers came from so people didn't accidentally read something they didn't want to, up until now. Try to be mindful and respectful of this stuff and don't just assume everyone knows what you know. Not cool dude.

I'm deleting your post outright. Post it in the other Holiday Bullshit topic if you wish since you stated you aren't even interested in the puzzle.

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