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NORAD Tracks Santa


The NORAD Tracks Santa Website is a combined effort of Analytical Graphics Inc. (which makes software for the aerospace industry), NORAD (the joint U.S./Canadian military organization responsible for ensuring that aircraft from places other than the North Pole are not permitted to drop packages on North American cities), and America Online.

...and you can track the progress of the fabled flying fat guy as he makes his way around the world on Christmas Eve. NORAD uses their high-tech expertise to pinpoint not only his location, but how many cookies he's consumed on the journey.

This year's Santa tracking program is the 46th conducted by NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command. The tradition started when a department store invited kids to call a Santa hotline, but they accidentally gave out the number for CONAD's Operations Hotline. Fortunately, Colonel Harry Shoup was in the holiday spirit and children who called in were given an update on Santa's position.

The tradition continues today on the Web, and the site is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Japanese. In 1999, approximately 10 million people visited the NORAD Tracks Santa site on Christmas Eve. This year they're expecting 100 million visitors! Sounds like it may be difficult to access the site, so if you get an error message, try again later.


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