Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cool News Items, Just in Time for Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And for our Jewish readers, Happy Hanukkah!

Newspaper misprint

NORAD's 50-year tradition of tracking Father Christmas goes back to a misprint in a Colorado newspaper advertisement in 1955.

A local child wanting to know Santa's whereabouts dialled the phone number printed, which connected to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).

As more mistaken calls came in, the commander on the other end of the phone answered the queries and the tradition continued in 1958 when CONAD became NORAD.

The effort spread to the internet in 1998 and in 2007 NORAD's Santa tracking site saw more than 10m visitors from 212 countries.

Volunteers fielded nearly 95,000 phone calls and 140,000 e-mails.

This year when Santa takes flight from the North Pole, more than 1,000 volunteers will be on hand to help out.

NORAD's Santa Tracker:

Some cool pictures of ice sculptures at the 25th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

MSNBC ran this story about ordinary citizens making sacrifices to give to their favorite charities and help people less fortunate than themselves.

In "God's Gifts," Michelle Malkin relates three stories of forgiveness, determination, dedication, and sheer nobility: Dong Yun Yoon, the man who forgave the fighter pilot whose plane wiped out four members of his family in San Diego three weeks ago; Haleigh Poutre, the 11-year-old girl who fought her way back to life after nearly being beaten to death by a brutal stepfather; and Master Sgt. Anthony Davis, who laid down his life while delivering humanitarian supplies in Biaj, Iraq.


A lady was telling her neighbor that she saw a man driving a truck down the interstate, and a dog was hanging onto the tailgate for dear life!
She said if the pick-up truck driver hadn't been going so fast in the other direction, she would have tried to stop him.

A few weeks later, her neighbor saw this truck at the Bass Pro shop in Daphne, Alabama!

The pick-up truck driver is a local taxidermist with a great sense of humor!

Can you just imagine how many people try and stop this guy???

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