Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in North America, founded (1607) over a decade before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock (1620). santafe.org/visiting-sant…
Ranch dressing was invented by a plumber working in Alaska in the 1950s. He and his wife opened a Dude ranch called Hidden Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara County, California in 1954. 40% of Americans say ranch style dressing is their favorite; it has been the best selling salad dressing since 1992 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned of Plennie L. Wingo who walked backwards from Santa Monica, California to Istanbul, Turkey in 1931 and still holds the Guiness record for the greatest extent of reverse pedestrianism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ple…
One of the annual public Christmas celebrations on the Hawaiian islands is the highly anticipated arrival of Santa Claus being conveyed on an outrigger canoe at WaikΔ«kΔ« Beach. This tradition is 14 years old, and generally Santa is met by cheering crowds, hula dancers and musicians. hawaiimagazine.com/watch-…
General Santa Ana's leg was lost fighting the French after the Texas Revolution, and his prosthesis was captured by the Americans in the Mexican-American war and is now displayed in an Illinois museum. grunge.com/307101/the-biz…
Macy's Department Store declined to be featured in the movie "Elf" because they didn't like the idea that there was a fake Santa working there and felt it would blow the illusion for kids. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Billy Bob Thornton did get drunk for scenes in Bad Santa. In the escalator fall scene Thornton actually passed out after drinking 3 glasses of red wine for breakfast followed by vodkas and cranberry juice then a few Bud Lights. ew.com/movies/2019/10/18/…
When the voice actors of Trevor Philips and Michael De Santa were being auditioned, they didn't even know that the audition was for a Grand Theft Auto game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
The USPS used to burn letters sent to "Santa". Now nonprofit organizations respond to children's letters on behalf of Santa smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
In a nationally publicized incident on December 1971, Terrence Howard witnessed his father Tyrone stab a man to death while waiting in line to meet Santa Clause. He was convicted of manslaughter and served 11 months in jail. essence.com/amp/news/shoc…
On Disneyland's opening day in 1955, an invitation-only crowd of 15,000 was expected, but thanks to counterfeit tickets, 28,154 entered the gates. A few more even scaled a fence, using a ladder erected by an entrepreneur who charged $5 a head. On the Santa Ana Freeway, there was a 7-mile backup history.com/news/disneyla…
Lapland New Forest Christmas Park featured a smoking Santa, a reindeer with a broken antler, neglected huskies, a broken ice rink, and a picture of the nativity in a muddy field. With a Β£30 entry fee and 2hr long queue, one of elves was assaulted by angry visitors. The park was shut after 6 days bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
MacOS Catalina was named after Santa Catalina Island, a Southern California island full of non-native BUFFALOES. lonelyplanet.com/articles…
Today I learned about the "Mystery Spot" near Santa Cruz, CA where balls roll uphill, chairs sit on walls and people lean over so far they can't see their shoes, yet they don't fall down. The attraction is pitched as some kind of supernatural phenomena, but derives from visual perceptions and visual distortions berkeley.edu/news/berkele…
Santa was skinny for most of his existence. In 1863, cartoonist Thomas Nast began drawing him with a huge stomach. Both the skinny and fat versions of Santa existed into the 1930's, when Coca Cola used a fat Santa in their advertisings, forever cementing that image in pop culture. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
When Santa Anna stepped down from power in 1844 and fled from Mexico, a mob dug up his amputated leg and dragged it through the streets until nothing was left of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In 1897 a newspaper published a response to an 8-year old girl who asked if Santa was real. The editorial, known as "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," became the most reprinted in the English language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
They make and sell blue Santa suits in Liverpool as they are the colours of Everton FC and fans refuse to wear Red and White as they are the colours of their rivals, Liverpool FC. evertonfc.com/news/189954…
The '12 Days of Christmas' are not the days leading up to the holiday, but rather the 12 days AFTER. In some lore, a witch named Befana brings candy & gifts to kids on January 5th, 'Epiphany Eve,' much like Santa does on Christmas Eve wikipedia.org/wiki/Befana
In 1842, Santa Anna, a Mexican politician and general, staged a state funeral that included cannon salvos, poetry and lofty orations for his amputated leg. And in 1847, his prosthetic leg was captured as a battlefield trophy. britannica.com/biography/…
It is not known who wrote "Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St Nicholas)" with Clement Clarke Moore claiming authorship but many contending that Henry Livingstone Jr was the actual author. The poem is largely responsible for the modern conceptions of Santa Claus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_V…
In order to prepare for his role as Michael de Santa, motion capture/voice actor Ned Luke gained 25 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
The real St. Nicholas (the origin of modern Santa Claus) was a monk born in Turkey, and is said to have saved young women from being sold into prostitution or slavery. history.com/topics/christ…
In 1955, a local Sears store in Colorado Springs, CO, had an ad stating children can call Santa on Christmas Eve. The phone number listed was misprinted, and calls were directed to NORAD; thus starting a yearly tradition 9news.com/mobile/article/…
Iceland has 13 Santas, a Christmas Witch, and a man-eating Yule Cat smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Gene Autry wrote "Here Comes Santa Claus" after hearing children repeatedly scream the phrase during the Hollywood Christmas Parade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Letters addressed to Santa through the USPS (that don’t already have a response letter written by a parent inside) are handled by Operation Santa where postal workers, members of the public, and organizations can "adopt" letters and respond to them or even grant the child's wishes insider.com/letters-to-sa…
Santa's red suit was created by caricaturist Thomas Nast in the 1860s and popularized by the Coca-Cola company in the 1930s . Before that, he was depicted in suits of primarily blue or tan. halloweenexpress.com/hist…
Unlike Santa's other reindeer, Rudolph is not in the public domain. The character was created for a U.S. department store in 1939. The original story remains under copyright, meaning the character can't be used without permission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
The Canadian Post office responds to mail addressed to Santa Claus (his zip code is "H0H 0H0") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Norad Tracks Santa started in 1955 when a child dialed the wrong number. norad.mil/About-NORAD/NOR…
A newspaper in 1918 published "Santa Claus Is Down With the Flu" quod.lib.umich.edu/f/flu/…
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 James Edgar, a businessman who has been credited with being the one who first came up with the idea of dressing up as Santa Claus for Christmas. He started the tradition in 1890 in his Brockton, Massachusetts, department store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
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…
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…
Jordan Belfort, the Wolf of Wall Street, was the executive producer of the movie "Santa with Muscles" (1996), which is often in the rankings for the worst christmas movie of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
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…
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…
After losing the American Civil War several southerners emigrated to Brazil. These people, and their decendants, came to be known as Confederados and are mainly concentrated in the towns of Americana and Santa Barbera D'Oeste in Sao Paulo state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In China, Santa Claus is often depicted with a saxophone and no-one seems to know why chinadigitaltimes.net/201…
The same story behind why Santa (Saint Nicholas) is known as the 'patron saint of prostitutes' is also the same story that inspired common christmas practices like santa coming through the chimney and using stockings. hauntedwalk.com/news/chri…
In Idaho there is an anonymous "Secret Santa" that has for the last several years given away $500,000 per year in cash and gifts to people that do amazing things in the community around them. youtube.com/watch?v=Ltje7…
There was a pedophile named Ronald McDonald who volunteered as Santa at children's hospitals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
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 person who sung the song 'Santa Baby' was also the person who voiced the character Yzma from 'The Emperor's New Groove' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
"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/…
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…
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…
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…

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