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Science Students Have Bad News for Cinderella, Superman

Physics don't support either of them, apparently

(Newser) - Sorry Cinderella, you never would have married the handsome Prince. And Superman? Bringing Lois Lane back from the dead would have destroyed all life on Earth. These are among the hard-bitten conclusions students reached in an online physics journal—and not only because writing about imaginary characters is fun, National ... More »

Santa's 'Sleigh' Breaks Down, Firefighters Pitch in

'You can't leave Santa stranded on the side of the road'

(Newser) - A stranded Santa Claus whose car caught fire Christmas morning is sure to put one Utah fire department on his nice list next year. Steven Macey, a Santa-for-hire dressed in a red suit and beard, was on his way to deliver presents at a home when his car overheated and... More »

Feds Open US Border —to Santa's Reindeer

'USDA wants to do everything in its power to help Santa'

(Newser) - If you wake up Christmas morning and don't find any gifts from Santa under the tree, don't blame the federal government. On Wednesday, the USDA issued permits to Santa's reindeer to come and go through any of the country's northern border ports beginning Christmas Eve and... More »

Science Explains Importance of Rudolph's Red Nose

Blue light cannot cut through the fog

(Newser) - They may not have sorted out how Santa's reindeer can fly, but scientists say there is an optical explanation for just how beneficial it is that Rudolph's nose burns red and bright. Reporting in the journal Frontiers for Young Minds , a Dartmouth anthropology professor says that Arctic reindeer... More »

Man Opens Fireplace, Finds Century-Old Letters to Santa

Missives in NYC apartment belonged to turn-of-the-century Irish immigrant family

(Newser) - When Peter Mattaliano decided to redo the fireplace in his NYC apartment, he called his construction-savvy brother to help him bust open the sealed unit. "We were joking that we might find Al Capone's money," Mattaliano tells the New York Times . "Then my brother yelled to... More »

Kindergarten Parent Accused of Ruining Christmas

Talia complained about a field trip to meet Santa, which was canceled

(Newser) - Every year for a decade, kindergarten students at Sartorette Elementary School in San Jose have been writing letters to Santa then delivering them to the man himself on a school-sponsored outing. Not this year. The Cambrian School District says this month's field trip to meet Santa Claus at a... More »

This May Be the Greatest Santa Photo of All Time

Awww

(Newser) - When Donnie Walters took son Zeke to have his picture taken with Santa Claus, the 6-month-old boy couldn't stay awake while they waited in line—so Santa posed asleep with the snoozing child resting on his belly. Walters posted the photos of the sleeping pair on Facebook . The photos... More »

North Pole Elects Santa Claus

He plans to help at-risk Alaskan kids

(Newser) - Santa Claus has been chosen to represent the people of North Pole. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that a man whose legal name is Santa Claus won a write-in campaign for an open City Council seat in the 2,200-person Alaska town. He began campaigning in his red velvet suit... More »

Santa Claus Is Running for North Pole City Council

A vote against him gets you on the naughty list

(Newser) - Apparently tired of working just one night a year, Santa Claus is running for North Pole city council. OK, so it's just a man whose legal name is Santa Claus living in the tiny Alaska town of North Pole and not the actual Father Christmas. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ... More »

Merry Christmas: Pot Coming to North Pole

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas—for potheads, proponents of medical pot

(Newser) - Christmas 2016 could be a merrier one in North Pole, where residents in the town whose light poles resemble candy canes will be able to put marijuana on their Christmas list. That's North Pole, Alaska, where the city council rejected a measure Monday that would have banned marijuana dispensaries.... More »

Hot on Santa's Trail: NORAD

Annual Santa watch is growing, depending more on social media

(Newser) - Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are monitoring Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to South America and on to the... More »

Cops: Detroit Santa Shoots 2

And in NJ, an elf is charged with being a little too merry

(Newser) - A not-so-merry incident took place yesterday morning at a Detroit gas station, culminating in a guy dressed as Santa allegedly shooting two other guys. It all started around 2am when, "apparently, there was an argument over Santa's girlfriend—Mrs. Claus," one officer explains. "One of the... More »

DC Santa Shot in Back by Pellet Gun

And barely misses a beat as helpers step up

(Newser) - Grandma may have escaped that perennially reckless reindeer this year, but somebody with a pellet gun got the better of a guy playing Santa in southeast DC, reports the Washington Post . "Man, this is awesome," Xavier Hawkins was crowing just before he was shot in the back yesterday... More »

Black Santa at Macy's? Yep, But Hard to Find

Blogger Amy Nelson somehow tracked him down

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly may never find him, but there's a black Santa Claus tucked deep in the heart of Macy's. What's interesting is just how deep. Blogging on Animal New York , Amy Nelson entered the Santaland exhibit of the 34th Street Macy's, where she saw "traditional... More »

Dear White People, You Can Have Santa

Amer Zahr: But we olive-skinned people will keep Jesus, thanks

(Newser) - The latest, though probably not the last, word in Megyn Kelly's Jesus-and-Santa-were-white brouhaha: Arab-American comedian Amer Zahr lays out his case in Time that Santa was, in fact, white and therefore white people can have him. For example:
  • "Santa has the complexion of an egg. He is obese,
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No, Fox, Santa Doesn't Have to Be White

Megyn Kelly takes flak for comments about Santa and Jesus

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly is being roundly mocked and lambasted online today for a segment last night in which she asserted a little too matter-of-factly that Santa Claus is white. In response to a Slate article in which Aisha Harris proposed a more racially inclusive Santa—a Penguin perhaps?—Kelly said, "... More »

Mall Santa Charged With Feeling Up Elf

Herbert Jones pleads not guilty to indecent assault, battery

(Newser) - It looks like Santa Claus may be on the naughty list this year: A man who played St. Nick at a Massachusetts mall has been barred from the shopping center after he was charged with groping an 18-year-old woman playing an elf. Herbert Jones was released on $1,000 bail... More »

What Santa Needs for Christmas: 12M Elves

Distribution experts work out what massive delivery program requires

(Newser) - What happens when the magic of Santa Claus and Christmas meets the cold reality of modern supply chains and logistics? You get a massive distribution network that requires 12 million employees, some 40 times bigger than FedEx, reports NPR . NPR asked experts at FedEx and UPS how Santa might pull... More »

NORAD Drops Google Maps for 'Santa Tracker'

Google launches its own map for St. Nick

(Newser) - After five years of tracking Saint Nick, Google and NORAD are going their separate ways. The North American Aerospace Defense Command announced this week that it was now working with Microsoft Bing to follow Santa's worldwide progress, the Guardian reports. Google has launched its own "Santa tracker" including... More »

Santa Accosts 'Naughty' Paul Ryan

Kris Kringle wants tax cuts for middle class only

(Newser) - Santa Claus is, according to voters, a Democrat —so is it any surprise Paul Ryan is on his naughty list? "Santa," aka an activist from TheAction.org, ambushed Paul Ryan on the Capitol Hill steps recently to let him know that if he doesn't support an... More »

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