NORAD-SANTA: a bit of Christmas fun
On the 17th November 2006 North American Aerospace Defense Command activated the "NORAD Tracks Santa" Web site for 2006. The U.S.-Canadian command's program began in 1955 when an errant phone call was made to NORAD's predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local child who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement.
The commander who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information he requested - the whereabouts of Santa Claus - and thus the tradition of NORAD tracking Santa began. The program has grown since it was first presented on the Internet in 1998. In 2005, the Web site received 912 million "hits" from 204 countries and territories.
On December 24th, beginning at 2 a.m. Mountain Time (US), the Web site will feature a minute-by-minute update on Santa's travels around the world. All of this information is available English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
This is great fun for the children and adults, too. Anyone interested go to NORAD-SANTA website:
www.noradsanta.org <http://www.noradsanta.org/ >