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…
Leaving cookies and milk for Santa started to become popular in the U.S during the Great Depression. Parents wanted to teach their kids it was better to give and to be grateful for presents they received during times of economic hardship. history.com/news/dont-for…
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…
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 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 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/…
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/…
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…
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…
Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) is said to have resurrected three butchered and pickled boys. stnicholascenter.org/who-…
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…
A newspaper in 1918 published "Santa Claus Is Down With the Flu" quod.lib.umich.edu/f/flu/…
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…
The Canadian Post office responds to mail addressed to Santa Claus (his zip code is "H0H 0H0") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
There was a pedophile named Ronald McDonald who volunteered as Santa at children's hospitals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
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…
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 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 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…
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…
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…
In China, Santa Claus is often depicted with a saxophone and no-one seems to know why chinadigitaltimes.net/201…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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 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…
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…
Coca-Cola marketing is partly responsible for the modern depiction of Santa Claus. Illustrator Haddon Sundblom drew Santa for a 1931 Coke ad in The Saturday Evening Post. His drawing was inspired by the 1822 poem 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' (commonly called 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'). coca-colajourney.co.nz/st…
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…
I learned the British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious was loaned to the US Navy as the USS Robin after the battle of Santa Cruz where the USS Hornet was lost and Enterprise badly damaged, leaving the U.S. with the obsolete USS Saratoga as the only operational fleet carrier in the pacific. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
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…
The lowest/one of the lowest points on earth is Laguna del CarbΓ³n in Santa Cruz, Argentina en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
Today I learned about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a series of nuclear reactors and processing labs with a history of meltdowns and fires that resulted in radiological releases 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The incident in 1959 was so bad they opened control room loading doors to vent contamination. thebulletin.org/2019/02/a…
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…
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
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…
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…
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
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…
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 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_…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Guy Fieri Fed 5,000 Fire Evacuees Per Day during the 2017 Santa Rosa Wildfires eater.com/2017/10/17/1648…
Mexico tried to replace Santa Claus with Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent Aztec god laht.com/article.asp?Arti…

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