Official NORAD Santa Tracker

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD 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.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Official NORAD Santa Tracker.

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These Dollar Bill Concepts Are Better Than The Real Thing

While U.S. currency does change a little on occasional, the basic design of the notes has stayed fairly constant: green/black background, a portrait on one side, and a pretty picture on the other. These concepts take that classic design, and turn it on its head.They’re the work of designer Travis Purrington, and his philosophy was to create a currency that was forwards-looking, rather than reminiscent of the past. Rather than railroads and 19th-century landscape portraits, you get molecules, astronauts and silicon circuits. As Purrington explains:

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The most amazing and inspiring vision of the future I’ve ever seen

I have seen countless science fiction movies and documentaries about the future of humanity. None of them were as inspiring, beautiful, and realistic as this extraordinary short film by Erik Wernquist, narrated by Carl Sagan. Watch it and get ready for goosebumps.

For maximum effect, I highly recommend that you use headphones, turn off the lights, and make sure the video is playing back in HD:

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Photographer Captures the True Beauty of Adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.Kate T. Parker, who works as a photographer, was able to capture the scenes that will define her newly expanded extended family. She chronicled all the candid and intimate moments in a photo series called “Blended” following the adoption of her new nephew, Sam. He was adopted in Georgia, where the family also lives.

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Family sings the Thanksgiving-inspired parody ‘All About That Baste’

Family sings the Thanksgiving-inspired parody ‘All About That Baste’.

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How a schoolteacher helped create the first black Peanuts character

In 1968, shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a Los Angeles schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman wrote to Charles Schulz regarding the lack of integration in Peanuts.

At that time, Peanuts was already one of the most popular comic strips in America — it was also predominantly white. While the country faced widespread social tensions over civil rights, Glickman believed that the popular comic strip could help influence American attitudes on race. She also believed that the Peanuts brand had “a stature and reputation which can withstand a great deal.

As a result of their correspondence, a black character named Franklin was introduced to the cartoon that summer, and would eventually become a regular member of the Peanuts gang.

Click here to see letter from Charles Schulz  &  Harriet Glickman.

watch video interview of Harriet Glickman here

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The real story in Ferguson is about the people who aren’t rioting

Jeniece Andrews and her husband Eddie own an antiques shop called Hidden Treasures just a few blocks from the Ferguson Police Department on South Florissant Avenue.Last month, Andrews, who is black, said someone came into her shop and told her that people were getting ready to boycott her store. Read more

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