NORAD Santa tracking

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In 1955 a store in Colerado made a litle mistake. On a poster they encouraged kids to call Santa to ask him questions but they had printed the wrong number. When kids called, the phone to Director of Operations at the Continental Air Defense (CONAD) rang. Colonel Harry Shoup received the first phonecalls and didn’t want to break the kids’ heart and continued to answer. Every kid who asked got Santa’s current position.

Three years later, the governments of the United States and Canada combined their national domestic air defenses into the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), but the tradition continued. Now major media outlets as well as children call in to inquire on Santa’s location.

In 2004, NORAD received more than 35,000 e-mails, 55,000 calls and 912 million hits on the Santa-tracking website from 181 countries.

Her is the Norad tracker :

Here is the code for this gadget:

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Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

5 thoughts on “NORAD Santa tracking

  • 24 December 2008 at 20:11

    I was amazed and impressed till I saw the humor tag… Is it really true. It can be….

    Thanks for dropping on one of my blog

  • 28 December 2008 at 14:29

    That’s cool :D!
    Hope you had a great time!

  • 31 December 2008 at 15:55

    Way cool, Oyvind! I had heard this before, but hadn’t thought of it in some time. It’s almost as neat as the seti project 🙂


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