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The mystery of the latest virus to hit our PCs may have a link to Hollywood, religion or even Scandinavian fancy dress. The "Thursday" virus is set to start weaving its mischief on December 13, and experts were last week said to be baffled by the significance of this date. But our international readership has come up with a few options to mull over. One reader suggested a possible religious significance, as this date is St. Lucy’s day in the Catholic calendar. St Lucy, so our reader tells us, is the patron saint of the blind, and, in northern Italy, traditionally gives good or bad gifts to children depending on how they have behaved. Another noted that in the film "Twelve Monkeys", in which a real virus threatened to kill off five billion people, the trigger date was indeed December 13. Or could these virus inventors be related to that nation of good, clean living - the Swedes? According to one email we received, December 13 is the day when the Swedish nation celebrates "Lucia", a pre-Christmas fiesta. This involves the natives donning white gowns and parading around the streets singing. Maybe those naughty virus creators thought this day of merriment needed spicing up a bit? ®

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