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I <3 Calvin and Hobbes! December 29, 2009

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Who doesn’t love Calvin and Hobbes? It is one of the greatest comics of all time. The rascal Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes, use their imaginations to escape or get into all kinds of misadventures.

Just in case you miss them too, here’s a few links to check out:

–> A sketchbook of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, as reimagined by other comic artists
–> More reimaginings
–>New book about trying to get an interview with Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes [I wanted, but did not get this for Christmas, so I know how I’ll use some of my giftcards!]

NORAD: Santa’s On His Way December 24, 2009

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Short and sweet for Christmas Eve: Follow Santa’s path as tracked by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).
The Huffington Post tells us the tracker has gotten an update recently, as NORAD has partnered with Google to let you track Santa on Google Earth. NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets.

I never knew how it started, but this cute idea started as a sweet response to a mistake:

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD [NORAD’s predecessor] Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

What the Experts Are Saying About Santa December 22, 2009

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The New York Times Opinion section published an interesting piece today entitled, “The Truth About Santa.” The short article compiles the opinion of five “experts” in the area: two psychologists, a novelist, and two (non-fiction) writers. The short, entertaining essays argue whether or not to tell children the truth about Santa and what children really believe in, in the form of personal anecdotes. It’s refreshing to finally hear something heartwarming, other than the classic, banal editorial “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Niche Blog Friday: Last-Christmas.com December 18, 2009

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Just in time for the holidays, Dataduchess stumbled across a blog dedicated solely to the different versions of the song “Last Christmas” by Wham. What could possibly be more niche (and hysterical) than that?!?!

Just how many covers of Wham’s “Last Christmas” are there, you ask? The blog has found 430…so far.