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Santa reclassified as a terrorist threat -NORAD, Google and OnStar team up for World Surveilance…. and begin tracking Santa

We knew it would happen. No one is safe from technology…….. not even Santa!  Is nothing sacred? NORAD, Google and OnStar are bringing all their technological prowness to bear, in an effort to track the Jolly old elf, as he breaks into peoples houses supposedly just to leave presents for children,  that’s his story, and he seems to be sticking to it.  But if that was his real intention, how come i saw Momma kissing Santa Claus?

At TEDActive, Bruno Bowden shares the story of NORAD‘s Santa tracker — and how Google is continuing the traditional holiday fun.

Track Santa via NORAD/GOOGLE/OnStar here!


NORAD, headquartered in Colorado Springs, is the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada. NORAD, created by a 1958 agreement between Canada and the United States, provides advanced warning of impending missile and air attacks against its member nations, safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and maintains airborne forces for defense against attack.

Google Drops Rap Music Video Just in time for Christmas

To help St. Nick with his big flight this year, a few Googlers created this holiday search tips rap video. Song written and produced by, and video starring, all Google employees.

Search tips:


Yo, I run a few searches before the big flight,
To save me more time on this magical night.
I type [sunrise and city] of my last stop,
I got plenty of time before my last drop.

If I don’t know the time in a certain city,
I peep it on search before my chimney shimmy.
Tyle [time and town] before I come into town,
To see if Johnny’s in bed before I hit ground.

Go Santa, Santa work it!
Go Santa, Santa search it!

But before I go flying through the frosty air,
I do a weather search to decide what to wear.
Mrs. Clause, should I bring my extra warm down jacket?
[Mrs. Clause]: Hmmm, yes. You should definitely pack it.
And please pack these cookies that I baked for you.
Shhhhh! I researched the recipe with recipe view,
And used the low cal filter, I must admit:
I wanna make sure that jacket still fits!

Go Santa, Santa work it!
Go Santa, Santa search it!

Check one, check two: yes I check twice.
Santa’s Google Doc called ‘Naughty and nice.’
With control+F, I find a name in the doc n’,
I hope I don’t have to put coal in a stockin’

When I’m cruising in my sleigh with my hands on the reigns,
Voice input is handy, ’cause typing is a pain.
If on a wish list I spot a gift I never heard: schlittschuhe,
I use the translate app to speak the foreign word.

Go Santa, Santa work it!
Go Santa, Santa search it!
Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho.

Go Santa, Santa work it!
Go Santa, Santa search it!

Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Yeah!

Lyrics by Matt Kane, Google Content and User Education Specialist and hip hop enthusiast
Music by Ranidu, Google Business Systems Integrator and musician:
Video produced with the help of our friends at Seedwell:

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Kids:”I always feel like somebody’s watching me! – Consumers go wild for the creepy “Elf on the Shelf” (w/video)

A doll and accompanying book called The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is rapidly becoming a seasonal favorite among American families. The rub goes: moms and dads shell out US$30 for the package, and hide the infant-sized elf in a different part of the house each day between Thanksgiving and Christmas for their children to find. The elf keeps careful watch over the little ones throughout the season, supposedly reporting any naughty behavior directly to Santa Claus.

The Elf on the Shelf is the brainchild of Carol Aebersold and her two daughters, who self-published the book locally in Kennesaw, Georgia in 2005 under the label, Creatively Classic Activities and Books. Word slowly spread, and by December 2009, it reached the top spot on Barnes and Noble‘s online bestseller list. It was reported last year that Aebersold and company had sold about 1.5 million Elf on the Shelf units in total.

But some are skeptical of the message The Elf on the Shelf presents to children. Kids might be less likely to “be good for goodness sake” and more apt to behave solely for the purpose of scoring presents under the tree. Not to mention the product’s jingle, “The Elf on the Shelf is watching you, each and every Christmas”, might be a little too Orwellian for some parent’s comfort.

Still, there are likely to be many elves on shelves this Christmas season, whether you think they’re encouraging, cute, or just plain creepy.

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