Norad tracks santa


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Oct 10, 2009
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On December 24 of every year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (which is somehow abbreviated to NORAD) uses its resources to keep track of a man who sneaks in and out of countries dropping off suspicious-looking packages in people’s homes around the globe. That man, of course, is none other than Santa Claus.

The admittedly ****ed up tradition of using military technology to locate Father Christmas’s global position began in 1955, when a Sears store located in Colorado Springs ran a newspaper ad with a telephone hotline for local kids to call Santa Claus with their gift wish list. The paper serendipitously published the wrong number, which actually called into the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor. Colonel Harry Shoup, the commanding officer at the time, thought it was an unfunny prank when the first kid called in, but then realized the mistake and ordered his staff to provide Santa’s location every time the number was dialed.

The Santa Tracker has improved vastly since then. Now, you can find out where Santa is dropping off gifts by visiting their website. NORAD has been using Google Earth since 2007 to provide real time locations of Kris Kringle, and even shows video footage of some of his stops.

CHECK THE LINK: Official NORAD Santa Tracker


Devil's Advocate
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Apr 21, 2009
What unbelievable stupidity. Oh well, since they haven't had a threat to monitor since the collapse of the USSR, they might as well track Santa.


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Jun 29, 2009
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NORAD Successfully Tracks Santa Claus eFitnessNow

Last night a crew of volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) successfully tracked Santa over the span of 31 hours as he crossed the globe at speeds up to 2,326,413 miles per hour. Considering that the speed of sound is 768 miles per hour, it is safe to say that Santa’s sleigh is fast.

Rudolph and his fellow reindeer definitely earned their carrots for the work they did last night. NORAD has continuously tracked Santa’s annual trip for over 50 years. Tracking Santa’s progression around the globe is a time-honored tradition at NORAD that began in 1955 when Sears and Roebuck & Co. accidentally used NORAD’s phone number in an advertisement for Santa. Ever since then, NORAD has used 47 radar installations, countless satellites, Santa cams, and unarmed fighter jets to determine Santa’s whereabouts.

The final report from NORAD this morning confirmed Santa’s triumphant return to his home at the North Pole where his wife was patiently awaiting his arrival with a steaming cup of cocoa overflowing with marshmallows. He will need all of the rest that he can get in order to repeat his trip next year while maintaining a pace that is faster than lightening.

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