NORAD Santa tracking

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:

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 Responses

  1. Travel Blog says:

    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

  2. fragileheart says:

    Wow, Christmas sure has gotten a lot more advanced since I was a kid!

    I got your card ON Christmas day!! So very cool, I’m guessing you haven’t gotten mine yet though – soon hopefully!! 😀

    fragileheart’s last blog post..Flickr Friday: I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

  3. RennyBA says:

    Alltid godt å vite hvor man skal sende ønskelista 🙂

    Håper du har hatt en God Jul og ønsker deg et Godt Nytt År!

    RennyBA’s last blog post..Christmas Tree and Food Traditions in Norway

  4. nicole says:

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

  5. Margaret says:

    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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