NORAD says record number of calls to track Santa
‘‘Ohhhhhhh,’’ said an 8-year-old from Illinois, as if trying to digest a brand-new fact.
‘‘I'm going to be asleep by 4 o'clock,’’ said a child from Virginia.
‘‘Thank you so much for that information,’’ said a grateful mom from Michigan.
CHRISTMAS EVE IN AFGHANISTAN: Five U.S. service personnel answered calls from Afghanistan for about 90 minutes through a conferencing hookup.
‘‘They had a great time,’’ said Novobilski, the program spokeswoman.
NORAD wanted to set up a call center in Afghanistan but that proved too complex, she said.
HEY, MR. ELF: ‘‘Mr. Elf,’’ said one caller, ‘‘This is Adam, and I've been really good this year.’’
FOR GEARHEADS: For people who want to know the specs of Santa’s sleigh, NORAD offers a trove of tidbits, including:
Weight at takeoff: 75,000 GD (gumdrops).
Propulsion: 9 RP (reindeer power).
Fuel: Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer).
Track Santa online at http://www.noradsanta.org
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