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  1. Tech

    Pretend to Track Santa With Surprising “Accuracy” and Bug Your Friends Thanks to Google’s Santa Tracker

    It's Christmas Eve, which means "Santa" is "delivering presents" all over the world. *wink* Where's the big man now, and more importantly when's he showing up with your stuff? Google's Santa Tracker will let you know when to expect him, and more silly details.

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  2. Space

    Learn About Santa With Neil deGrasse Tyson

    As a popular astrophysicist and television personality, people turn to Neil deGrasse Tyson for facts about a wide range of topics. He fields a fair number of space-related questions, but Tyson is a great and wise man who knows many things beyond the realm of outer space. Yesterday, Christmas Eve, Tyson took his Twitter to teach his more than 900,000 followers a little about Santa Claus.

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  3. Tech

    Google vs. Bing: Which Santa Are You Following This Year?

    For years,  North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has used Google Maps to operate its vaunted Santa-tracking software, a holiday tradition for nerds of all stripes, as well as their often equally nerdy kids. This year, though, NORAD unexpectedly bailed on Google, switching to Bing to help it map Santa's trek around the world and ensure he doesn't get up to any shenanigans while he's in American airspace. Not to be outdone, the spurned tech giant has launched its own platform for keeping tabs on St. Nick's travels. These dueling platforms, though, leave us with a dilemma -- which tracker is showing us the real Santa? And perhaps more importantly -- what is that impostor Claus up to? Nothing good, you can be sure of that.

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  4. Weird

    Drunk Jerk Arrested for Telling Kids There’s No Santa Claus, Being a Drunk Jerk

    A 24-year-old Canadian man has been arrested after walking along the route of Kingston, Ontario's Santa Claus Day Parade telling children that there was no such thing as Santa Claus. Unsurprisingly, the man -- who police described as "having his hair formed to look like horns that were protruding from his head" -- was drunk, and also in violation of his probation, which is still no good excuse for being a jagweed of this caliber.

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  5. Science

    It’s That Time of Year, NORAD Tracks Santa

    It's that time of year again, folks, when the world celebrates a guy that certain detractors think was created by a soda company, and when NORAD spends its time monitoring Santa Claus, because, I mean, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has to monitor suspicious objects flying around in the sky for our safety. What's more suspicious than a fat guy in a red suit riding around in a flying sleigh drawn by flying reindeer, who also happens to break into a bunch of houses throughout the night? NORAD tracks his current location and how many gifts he has delivered, so you can see the true workhorse that is Santa Claus.

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  6. Weird

    You Can Win Prizes From the World’s Largest Claw Machine Over the Internet

    I spent a good portion of my freshman year in college playing the claw machines at the local Walmart Neighborhood Market, at least, a portion larger than any college boy should've been trying to win dolls from a grocery store. My friend and I actually became good enough at claw machines to the point where one try would result in a prize about ninety percent of the time. So, imagine the joy I felt when I discovered The Santa Claw, a claw machine that people can play over the Internet, and have prizes mailed to them if they should win any.

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  7. Tech

    NORAD’s Santa Tracker Returns, Partnered Up with Google

    NORAD's Santa Tracker, which tracks Saint Nick's flight around the world in real time using "warp-speed GPS technology," is back for 2010, and once again, NORAD has teamed up with Google for Santa visualization in Google Maps and Google Earth. There's also a NORAD Santa Facebook page and Twitter page. Why is NORAD [North American Aerospace Defence Command] involved in any of this, by the way? Back in 1955, the Sears catalog ran an advertisement for a Santa hotline which accidentally sent callers-in to the NORAD commander-in-chief's line; NORAD ran with it and it became a yearly tradition.

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  8. Weird

    Best Clip of A Kilt-Wearing Santa Playing the Bagpipes While On a Unicycle In Portland You Will See All Day

    And I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight, "Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night! (via Reddit.)

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