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「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

NORAD tracks Santa

NORAD tracks Santa





Visit the site or view the promotional video below from YOUTUBE with your kids or if you YOURself still have a young heart.

Related links: The Promotion Video See the same video as above if your youtube doesnt work The site See video of Santa being seen at various spots around the world like Great Wall of China, the Opera House of Sydney Australia, Fuji Yama of Japan etc etc. click at each spot to see separate video History For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa. The tradition began after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store advertisement for children to call Santa on a special "hotline" included an inadvertently misprinted telephone number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, received the first "Santa" call on Christmas Eve 1955. Realizing what had happened, Colonel Shoup had his staff check radar data to see if there was any indication of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Indeed there were signs of Santa and children who called were given an update on Santa's position. Thus, the tradition was born. In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for the North American continent called the North American Air Defense Command, known as NORAD. Canada and the U.S. believed they could better defend North America together as a team instead of separately. NORAD carried out its first Santa tracking in 1958 after inheriting the tradition from CONAD. Since that time, Canadian and American men and women who work at NORAD have responded to phone calls from children personally. Additionally, media from all over the world call NORAD on Christmas Eve for updates on Santa's location. Last year this Website was visited by millions of people who wanted to know Santa's whereabouts. This year, the information is provided in six languages.

Sourced from NORAD.org and Youtube.com

2 comments:

xiao zhu said...

很有趣。最近有個話題就是小朋友是否相信世界上真的有聖誕老人。似乎原來很多小朋友都理性地知道聖誕老人是假的、不存在的。包括我自己小孩時候都知道,但又如何?仍然無損興緻。感性上大家都接受聖誕老人的繼續"存在",小朋友都一樣樂此不疲。

The inner space said...

I am KIDult, still with a young heart. People commented that was Immature, and resemebled Untrustworthy. For better or worst I shall keep this way of LIFE, at least for this moment.