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December 12, 2008

If you’ve ever wondered why NORAD, a military organization, tracks Santa every year, wonder no more. It’s because someone fucked up.
Back in 1955, a Sears ad with a phone number for children to call Santa (actually an underpaid Sears employee) was “misprinted” with the hotline for the Continental Air Defense’s Director of Operations–aka the number you call when shit goes down.

The line was soon flooded with children, and after being pissy for a bit, Colonel Harry Shoup decided to be a nice guy and give out coordinates. Eventually it was turned into a regular volunteer based event.

Now it’s online, providing small children everywhere with shockingly realistic graphics that I’m sure haven’t caused anyone to ask their parents why their Xbox games look more real than Santa.

So while the end result turned out well, unnamed Sears copywriter:


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessica permalink
    December 13, 2008 4:26 am

    I like this entry, but it could use some editing. :/

    I was gonna be pissy, then I realized you were right. And yea, I have the power to edit comments. I am almightyyyy

  2. Scott permalink
    November 19, 2009 7:38 pm

    lol, those Santa graphics are totally AIDS

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