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Santa trackers break records

2011-12-30 20:04

Colorado - Norad says its Santa-tracking operation broke its own records for phone calls, e-mails and Facebook and Twitter followers on Christmas Eve.

The North American Aerospace Defence Command said on Thursday that volunteers answered nearly 102 000 phone calls and more than 7 720 e-mails asking about Santa's location.

Nprad Tracks Santa had nearly 1 million followers on Facebook and more than 101 000 on Twitter.

Its website had 18.9 million unique visitors in December, also a record.

A free smartphone app available for the first time this year was downloaded a combined 1.4 million times from the Apple Store and Android Market.

More the 1 200 volunteers participated at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, which is Norad's headquarters.

The Santa-tracking operation has run every year since 1955.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2011-12-30 21:23

    The snow has given these people brain-freeze.

  • Andries - 2011-12-31 12:44

    It is as silly as the Roman Catholic fable (together with the latter's alcohol abuse - wine breaths overwhelming you in church as they sing their songs in South Africa about a false birth and of shepperds out in the winter's bitter cold) yes, but at least it brings families together in an honest, clean way. "Happy Holidays!" is what you here here all the time, and not the untruth about a mass being held for a fictitious spirit.

      David Wadsworth - 2014-12-04 10:29

      What the hell are you rambling on about. Oh yes the me me atheist needing to make everything about himself and his lack of believing anything. The holiday season is here give it a rest its the holiday season

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