Thursday, December 22, 2011


On Christmas Eve in 1955, a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) colonel answering the secret emergency red phone was surprised to hear a little boy’s voice asking him if he was really Santa Claus. Turns out a local Sears store’s “Talk to Santa” ad misprinted Santa’s phone number—the number printed in the ad happened to be that of NORAD’s secret hotline:


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