Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm
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NORAD Tracks Santa

For those of a certain bent, or who wish to wage The War On Christmas by gathering intelligence, NORAD Tracks Santa (takes a while to load).

As of right now (11:23am Central, Boxing Day eve eve, third day of Channukah) Santa is over Pavlodar, Kazikhstan.

It's a 50 year tradition. via kos, history:
According to NORAD, Santa began his latest flight early Wednesday at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean. Historically, Santa visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand and Australia. NORAD points out that only Santa knows his route.

Last year, NORAD's Santa tracking center answered 94,000 calls and responded to 10,000 e-mails. About 10.6 million visitors went to the Web site, which can be viewed in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese and Chinese.

NORAD's holiday tradition can by traced to 1955, when a Colorado Springs newspaper printed a Sears, Roebuck & Co. ad telling children of a phone number to talk to Santa. The number was one digit off, and the first child to get through reached the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD's predecessor.

No word on whether reindeer games includes a Wii.
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