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Opera has fun with Oprah fans who sent letters to the wrong e-mail address


Opera Software, Norweigan makers of the sleek Web browser Opera, say they're going to miss Oprah now that the queen of daytime TV is taking off her crown.

"To us in Opera this is really sad news," the company wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "This show has brought us great joy throughout the years. We've been receiving lots of mail from Oprah fans, asking us questions, complaining or simply just opening up, telling us about their lives."

Oprah is, apparently, a somewhat difficult name to spell (and even to pronounce, as Oprah explained to Johnny Carson in 1986). The result has been years of misdirected letters, with Oprah fans asking Opera about such things as hair length, numerology and Hannah Montana tickets.

Oprah -- I mean Opera -- has clearly had fun with the letter writers.

"Although Hannah and Billy [Ray Cyrus] are great," the company wrote to the 9-year-old looking to score free tickets, "there is a lot of other cool stuff out there.  Have you heard of NOFX?"  

NOFX is a punk band that was popular in the 1990s for songs like "Kill All the White Man," "Party Enema" and "Shut Up Already."

Just one more way Oprah's influence has brought joy to the world. Her email address, by the way, is


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-- David Sarno

Image: Kimberly Adams of Chicago stands outside Harpo Studios before the final taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Credit: Paul Beaty / Associated Press.

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