In December 2014, a guy dressed as Santa robbed a bank in San Francisco. The robbery took place during β€œSantacon”, an annual event in which hundreds of people dressed as Santa swarm Union Square. nbcbayarea.com/news/local…
Today I learned of Santa Muerte (Holy Lady of Death) who is considered a folk Saint by some people in Mexico. Despite being condemned by the Catholic Church, her cult is increasing . It appeared in Breaking Bad series and was worshiped by The Cousins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The Crypt of the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini church in Rome is decorated with thousands of human skeletons and bones. A placard addressed at those who enter the crypt, reads "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
In China, Santa Claus is often depicted with a saxophone and no-one seems to know why chinadigitaltimes.net/201…
Children stop believing in Santa at around 8 years old. Errors by 'bumbling parents' are the main cause of children losing their faith in Santa. phys.org/news/2018-12-int…
The first free black community in the New World, Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, was created by the Spanish government of St Augustine, Florida, in 1738. They began to offer asylum as early as 1687 to slaves of the British colonies, and often fought the British alongside each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned of Sasha the black cat who was found in the city Santa Fe, Mexico 1,200 miles away five years after disappearing from her Portland home bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
Will Wright, the creator of SimCity and The Sims, was also the winner of a 1980 illegal street race from New York to Santa Monica, driving a Mazda RX-7 with his co-driver Rick Doherty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about Pedro Alonso Nino, a Black-Spanish explorer who piloted The Santa Maria on Columbus’s first voyage to America. He comes from the famed Nino Brothers. The La NiΓ±a, another of Columbus ships was actually owned by Pedro’s brother, Juan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
An Arizona man found a balloon with a Christmas list for Santa while out hiking. He tracked down the 8-yr-old Mexican girl who released the balloon and fulfilled her wishlist. cnn.com/2018/12/26/us/bal…
Antonio LΓ³pez de Santa Anna, the famous Mexican general of the 1800s, also served as president of Mexico on 12 separate occasions over 22 years, and for 3 different governments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Christmas song, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was written during the Great Depression and had lyrics telling those who were fortunate enough to give back to others and raise spirits. As such, the true meaning of the song is to be as charitable and kind as children believe Santa to be. youtu.be/kM_eWxvLGiM
In the original cut of The Santa Clause Tim Allen's character looks at a phone number and says "1-800-SPANK-ME. I know that number." This scene was cut from all home media releases after a kid in Washington called the number - which led to an active sex hotline - and racked up a $400 phone bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Canada Post receives so many letters to Santa Claus each year that they created a mailing address (with postal code H0H 0H0) from which postal workers volunteer to respond to kids' letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
"Happy Buddha" is not really the Buddha, but a Chinese monk who carried a sack to give rice and sweets to children, like our Santa. people.howstuffworks.com/…
The first Earth Day was in 1970 and was proposed by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. After seeing the damage caused by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, he was inspired to educate the public about the environment. youtu.be/b6LUaGy1ChA
Eartha Kitt - known as the original singer of "Santa Baby" and the voice of Izma in The Emperor's New Groove - was blacklisted by the CIA after telling Lady Bird Johnson, "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest state capital in the US & its full name remains La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de AsΓ­s which means "The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi" in English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
In model migration Asians crossed Beringia land bridge to the Americas about 16000 years ago, and you can still find traces on Santa rosa island (CA) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The first 100,000 pressings of Tiger Woods 99 for the PlayStation contained an Easter egg a QuickTime file titled ZZDUMMY.DAT. When played, it is a VHS recording of Jesus vs. Santa by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, commonly recognized as a precursor to South Park. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_…
On July 23, 1982, a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter crashed at Santa Clarita, California, during the making of Twilight Zone: The Movie. The crash killed three people on the ground: actor Vic Morrow and two child actors while injuring the six helicopter passengers. wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilig…
Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on. didyouknowstuff.com/santa…
The Republic of Texas was just one of many secessionist movements in Mexico under the unitary government dominated by Santa Anna. Others include the Republic of the Rio Grande, the Republic of Zacatecas, and the Republic of YucatΓ‘n. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
In 1927 Santa Clause was officially given a pilots license and airway maps from the Department of Commerce loc.gov/pictures/resource…
The Nightmare Before Christmas has an official epilogue in rimes in the same style of the intro. It was published with the soundtrack cd and tells about Santa Claus going back after years to meet Jack again youtu.be/npvD5dsCKtI
Pizza Hut was the first restaurant to test online ordering for delivery, PizzaNet was created in 1994 and serviced Santa Cruz, California. The site can still be visited today. thehistoryoftheweb.com/po…
There is a city in GA called Santa Claus with Christmas-themed street names en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Washington Irving, who created the first illustration of Santa on his sleigh, was also the creator of the Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
For 20 years, J.R.R. Tolkien sent his children illustrated letters from Santa Claus where Santa would battle goblins flying on bats, and included fireworks, a prank-loving polar bear, and multiple invented languages. tolkienlibrary.com/booksb…
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) has their own police department, a jurisdiction that covers 34,000 miles of railroad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNS…
Toronto's most notorious (and oldest, at 66 years old) serial killer operated as a landscaper during the summer, and a mall Santa Claus during the winter. He eventually pled guilty to 8 counts of homicide of gay men in the Toronto area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Rankin and Bass animators in Japan who worked on classic Christmas specials like Santa Clause is Coming to Town and Frosty the Snowman later were part of founding Studio Ghibli where they worked on My Neighbor Totoro and other classic Miyazaki films. christmas-specials.fandom…
Mexico tried to replace Santa Claus with Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent Aztec god laht.com/article.asp?Arti…
In Canada, you can write a letter to Santa in the mail and will receive one back. His postal (zip) code is HOH OHO. cbc.ca/amp/1.4435450
Thomas Adams (founder of the chewing gum industry) conceived the idea while working as a secretary to former Mexican leader Antonio LΓ³pez de Santa Anna, who chewed a natural gum called Chicle. He made the chicle into a chewing gum called Chiclets. wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas…
The Coens Brothers, Glenn Ficarra, and Terry Zwigoff first pitched "Bad Santa" to Universal Studios, which rejected it on the grounds that "[i]t was the most foul, disgusting, misogynistic, anti-Christmas, anti-children thing we could imagine." Miramax instead financed and distributed the movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
The Roman Catholic Church in Boston condemned the 1952 song β€œI Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” because it mixed kissing and Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
Santa Claus was based on a REAL Person. Saint Nicholas was an early Christian Bishop in ancient Greece who had a habit of secret gift giving. He is said to have rescued three girls from being forced into prostitution by dropping a sack of gold coins through the window of their house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The Coca-Cola Company is the real reason that Santa Claus looks the way he does in virtually everything we buy. coca-colacompany.com/stor…
Tiny Tim, a singer known for his high-pitched falsetto voice and for singing Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moon Light, tanked his career when he released the song "Santa Clause Has Got the AIDS This Year" boards.straightdope.com/s…
Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on. loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
The poem β€œA Visit from St. Nicholas,” aka "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," is the origin of the modern, cheerful, chubby version of Santa Claus. He was previously depicted as a thin, horse-riding disciplinarian: a combo of British Father Christmas, the Dutch Sinterklaas, and a 4th c. bishop. poets.org/poem/visit-st-n…
Contrary to popular belief, the β€˜Red Suited’ Santa, often attributed to Coca-Cola, predates Coca-Cola’s Christmas ad Campaign of 1931. cocacolaunited.com/blog/2…
In the 1800s before the Federal Government issued paper money, some U.S. banks printed their own banknotes, some with Santa Claus on them. One sold to a collector for $40,000 eight years ago. coinweek.com/paper-money-…
In Canada, Santa has his own zip code- H0H 0H0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
A Carl's Jr. in Santa Rosa, California, untouched by surrounding wildfires, caught fire when staff made 165 hamburgers for first responders. ajc.com/news/national/car…
Sinterklaas (Santa of the Netherlands) travels by boat and lives in Spain. whychristmas.com/cultures…
During the scene in Christmas Vacation where Clark was demolishing Santa's sled after his failed attempt to get the Christmas lights turned on, Chevy Chase actually broke his pinky and kept kicking "because it hurt so much" mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The reason that NORAD annually tracks Santa Claus' journey from the North Pole is because Sears printed an ad to talk to Santa on his private line, with a wrong phone number that was actually CONAD's top secret hotline that would only ring if there was a national crisis snopes.com/holidays/chris…
Charles Schulz was not a fan of Santa Claus, that's why the original Christmas special is about the Nativity and the Halloween special is about a Santa like figure not showing up. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned about the Icelandic Yule Lads: a ragtag gang of olde tyme Santa trolls meant to gaslight children into good behavior. Their MOs are very specific! happyworld.is/yule-vs-chr…
, The UK loaned the USA an aircraft carrier in WW2. The carrier in question was the HMS Victorious which served with the US Navy after the battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. The carrier was deemed to have better fighter control than its US rivals but was worse at carrying certain aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Today I learned about Santa, the Luwian death-bringing god, who was called upon in curses to feed an enemy to his dogs or to eat the enemy himself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luw…
In Russia, the Santa Claus figure there is Ded Moroz. Instead of eight reindeers, he has three horses and contrary to Santa Claus, he delivers gifts on New Year's Eve and not on Christmas Eve (hence the Christmas tree is also known as New Year Tree) tripsavvy.com/ded-moroz-t…
The United States Postal Service began Operation Santa in 1912 when local postmasters were authorized to open and respond to letters to Santa. In the 1940's the program was open to the public and now every year anyone can adopt a letter and answer a holiday wish. uspsoperationsanta.com/ab…
USPS collects all letters addressed to Santa and allows people to β€œadopt” a letter and fulfill the gift request, helping children in low income situations experience Santa and a Christmas they might usually not delivercheer.com
Macy's originally agreed to be the department store in "Elf" however one stipulation was that Santa couldn't be revealed as a fake. Jon Favreau was unwilling to change the content so he changed the store to "Gimbel's" and filmed it in the cafeteria of a Vancouver mental hospital. rollingstone.com/movies/m…
Jordan Belfort, the real life Wolf of Wall Street, produced a string of B movies in 1996 and 97 including the masterpiece Santa with Muscles starring Hulk Hogan wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_…
Guy Fieri Fed 5,000 Fire Evacuees Per Day during the 2017 Santa Rosa Wildfires eater.com/2017/10/17/1648…
Prior to 1861, Santa Clause appeared on numerous bank notes in the United States. The use of his image was one of the first ways Christmas was introduced to American society. ripleys.com/weird-news/sa…
Bob Dylan released a Christmas album that includes a polka song called "Must Be Santa." youtu.be/a8qE6WQmNus
There was a bank robber dressed as Santa Claus who was responsible for the death of 6 people during his robbery and getaway. When he was caught and thrown in jail, nearly 2,000 people showed up, pushed past the guards, dragged him out of the jail and hanged him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students. His habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to what we now know as Santa Claus. wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_…
Steve Carell used to be a mailman and during Christmas, he would write notes to kids who would send letters to Santa and put it in their mailboxes. The note read, "Your letter to Santa has been picked up by special reindeer courier." youtube.com/watch?v=SmnSl…
, from 1957 until it's bankruptcy in 1981, there were over 1,100 Sambo's restaurants. Public outcry against racism led to most undergoing name changes, with only one remaining open today in Santa Barbara, California. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Canada reserves the postal code "H0H 0H0" for letters addressed to Santa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The street plan of Rovaniemi in Lapland, home of 'Santa Claus Village', is based on a reindeer's head and antlers. Architect Alvar Aalto was commissioned in 1945 after the retreating German army burnt down the city in WWII. He was partly inspired by Roosevelt's Tennessee Valley Authority. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Today I learned about the Santa Susana Nuclear Meltdown, in 1959, near Los Angeles, where unchecked amounts of radioactive gases were intentionally vented into the atmosphere to prevent the sodium reactor from overheating and exploding, yet no civilians were made aware of the incident until after the fact. psmag.com/environment/50-…
Wagon ruts from the Santa Fe Trail, used from appx 1821-1880, are still visible in some areas due to the high volume of wagon traffic along the trail. The most prominent being "Ralph's Ruts" in central Kansas. travelks.com/listing/ralp…
In 1986 students at UC Santa Cruz voted to make the school's official mascot the Banana Slug. The chancellor refused to honour the result, instead polling just student-athletes on the question... who also voted overwhelmingly in favour of being the Banana Slugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UC_…
Canada Post has an annual β€œLetters To Santa” program where children can mail a letter to Santa and receive a personalized response. The team is equipped with psychologists and social workers to deal with β€œspecial letters” and give appropriate responses if they feel the child is in danger. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Actor Terrence Howard witnessed his father stab a man to death while waiting in line to meet Santa Clause. wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_…
Cartoonist Thomas Nast, known for the modern depiction of Santa Claus, also created the GOP's elephant symbol and helped bring down NYC political boss William Tweed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
--Christmas 2013 more than 250 passengers on Calgary-bound flights were part of a "Christmas miracle" done by WestJet. Santa Claus appeared on life-size screens at boarding gates and asked passengers what they wanted for Christmas. When the planes landed the gifts were on the baggage carousel. cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar…
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara, intending to show how statistics can be used misleadingly, received statistically significant results when scanning a salmon with fMRI to show that it's brain responded differently to photos of different social situations. The salmon was dead. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Today I learned about Krampus, a friend of Santa Klaus who eats poorly behaved kids shortly before Christmas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kra…
Today I learned of the pacifier tree in Denmark. This is a kid’s first rite of passage, which is on the same level as the Tooth Fairy and Santa Clause. joshuasofaer.com/2018/02/…
Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, students and prostitutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Santa actually has a pilot's liscense, it was awarded to him in 1927 by the then assistant secretary of commerce Aeronautics William P. MacCracken loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
Saint Nicholas, the basis for Santa Claus, was the patron saint of prostitutes, sailors, and repentant thieves, among other things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Despite making millions from "Game of Thrones" and "A song of Ice and Fire" series, George R.R. Martin has a modest lifestyle. He lives in a modest home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, eats at local restaurants, and welcomes fans who approach him and visit his town. yahoo.com/entertainment/-…
Today I learned about the USS Cavalla. The WWII submarine that, on its first war patrol in 1944, sank the IJN carrier ShΓ΅kaku that was one of 6 involved in the Pearl Harbor attack and whose aircraft sank the USS Lexington at Coral Sea and crippled the USS Hornet at Santa Cruz. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Canada Post introduced a special address for mail to Santa Claus, complete with its own postal code: H0H 0H0! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Carlos Santana claims to have been in contact with a spiritual entity named Metatron, who he says looks like santa, and who helped him write his album 'Supernatural'. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
During the Mexican-American War, General Santa Anna's prosthetic leg was stolen during an ambush by the Illinois 4th Infantry. He was able to get a replacement leg, which was also stolen by the 4th Infantry. Both legs are still on display in Illinois. roadsideamerica.com/story…
The myth of Santa Clause most likely originated from the kindness of 4th Century Greek Saint Nicolas, an avid caretaker of children in the Turkish town of Myra. However the character eventually morphed into a version of Woden, German god of wisdom, who led the Yule and Wild Hunt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned about Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom. Zozobra (which means anguish, anxiety, gloom in Spanish) is a 50 foot tall marionette who is the enemy of all that is good. Every year, residents of Santa Fe get together to burn the effigy and restore their hopes and dreams. burnzozobra.com/all-about…
Today I learned about the cult of Santa Muerte- or "Saint Death"- a death cult spreading throughout Latin America. The cult is popular with criminal elements, especially cartels, and has been estimated to have grown to about 10-12 million members. leb.fbi.gov/articles/feat…
Eartha Kitt, the original singer of "Santa Baby", was also the voice of Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political elite was afraid of free trade. Some vessels were 6x larger than Columbus' Santa Maria. businessinsider.com/china…
Eartha Kitt, the famous actress and singer who released the song Santa Baby in 1953 also voiced Yzma from Disney's 2000s animated movie, The Emperor's New Grove. biography.com/people/eart…
Benito Juarez, the first indigenous president of Mexico, lived in New Orleans twice in political exile, and worked in a tobacco factory there as he planned the overthrow of the Santa Ana government. He permanently returned to Mexico a year before Civil War broke out in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Being a "Professional Santa" is a thing and the high-end ones can make over $75/hr or roughly 20k in one Christmas season payscale.com/career-news/…
Since Christmas in Australia is during the summer, some Christmas songwriters and authors depict Santa with warm-weather clothing and thongs, and riding in an ute pulled by kangaroos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The Finnish word for Santa Claus is "Joulupukki" which translates to "Christmas goat" or, more directly, "Yule goat." In Finland, the "Joulupukki" used to be depicted as an evil goat-man figure. Now, it's evolved into the Coca-Cola Santa Claus we all recognize. inktank.fi/how-joulupukki…
After Japanese subs attacked 10 ships off the coast of California during WWII, a homeowner in Santa Cruz built an electronic anti-submarine device hidden in a middle eastern-style temple called the β€˜Court of Mysteries.’ The device is said to have worked and his temple still stands today. atlasobscura.com/places/c…
Back in 1846, the northern border of Texas was up at the 42nd parallel or, more specifically, in Carbon County, Wisconsin. And the western reaches encompassed most of New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. The Great State of Texas is a whole lot smaller than it used to be. copanobaypress-gallery.co…
On Christmas, 1975 the first president of Equatorial Guinea had 150 of his opponents killed; Soldiers dressed up in Santa Clause outfits and executed them in a football stadium while amplifiers played "Those Were the Days" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned of the US tradition known as a Christmas pickle. Apparently you hide a glass or plastic ornamental pickle in the Christmas tree. On Christmas morning, the first child to find the pickle receives good luck or a special prize from Santa. It's origins are disputed. wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ…
Reindeer and caribou are the same species, so we could just as easily say Santa's sled is being pulled by eight caribou. polartrec.com/resources/f…

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