The holiday season is upon us once before. As we all slip away to our families, friends, and nutrient-filled gel-tubes to celebrate the brief break in the dystopic darkness of our futurepresent, it’s a good time to reflect on the bright, fun parts of our regular holiday rituals.
It’s a yearly tradition, at least in my household, to take in the classic Rankin/Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special from 1964. Surprisingly, some of the old stop-motion puppet figures haven’t crumbled to dust yet! And you can buy them! If you’re Elon Musk, anyway.
2017 has been what some might call a “real doozy” of a year, but it’s still got some brutal surprises up its sleeve. On Wednesday, the United States Air Force publicly denied the existence of Santa Claus, who in exactly two months was ostensibly scheduled to deliver presents to the nation’s children.
Disney has a long tradition of holiday movies, but its next one is going to be just a little different. It’s called Nicole, and Anna Kendrick is in talks to play a woman who takes on the role of Santa Claus.
In the 1950s, NORAD started “tracking Santa” to ensure that he could pass safely into the US without fear of being mistaken for a Soviet bomber. But here in 2016, it seems like getting approval from the military isn’t enough to prove that Father Christmas isn’t a terrorist. Santa has to go through Customs now.
There’s a controversial little interpretation of Einstein’s theory of special relativity that could affect what happens to masses moving at a really high speeds: they appear to get heavier.
Did you see that story about a 5-year-old boy and his dying wish to see Santa Claus? Of course you did. The heartbreaking tale has been seen and heard by millions of people around the world. It went viral earlier this week when it was retold by virtually every major news outlet. The only problem? It’s almost certainly…
He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He didn’t see that parked car though so you’re probably off the hook.
Christmas is great and the holidays are awesome but it’s still pretty funny that we all propagate the myth of Santa Claus. He’s a dude who dresses in a red jumpsuit while breaking and entering homes to steal milk and cookies and gain favor with children. Eoin Duffy made this animated holiday card showing what Santa…
At a certain point, as we grow up, we all learn the hard truth that Santa Claus isn’t real. And then, as we grow up some more, we discover that’s a lie, and Santa is totally real. We know this because TV shows—many of them ostensibly for adults—have gone out of their way to show St. Nick as a living, breathing,…
In 1961 an eight-year-old girl from Marine City, Michigan wrote to President Kennedy. She wanted to know if the Russians were going to bomb the North Pole. JFK responded with the letter below, assuring her that Santa would be just fine.
Call it Santa Claus Year One if you want. Or even All Star Santa Claus. However you choose to describe Grant Morrison’s new Klaus comic for Boom Studios, chances are it won’t possible convey the insanity of the barbaric, bloodstained St. Nick in the above cover of issue #1, carrying a deer carcass.
Here's hoping Crumbs, a scifi romance shot in an Ethiopian ghost town by Spanish writer-director Miguel Llanso, gets wider exposure after its Rotterdam Film Festival debut last week. Check out the trailer; there's a UFO, a haunted bowling alley, a crazy Santa Claus, and space junk. For starters.
Doctor Who's head writer, Steven Moffat, has sometimes been accused of having a few main story ideas that he trots out again and again. Today's Doctor Who Christmas special, "Last Christmas," feels like a hilarious, spirited defense: A story made entirely out of old stories, which just has fun with it. Spoilers…
On the latest episode of It's Okay To Be Smart, host Joe Hanson delves into the science behind a number of Christmas-related science quandaries. Including: Why do the lights always tangle? What's makes reindeers noses red? And what could let Santa visit every child in one night?
I love this cool visualization of Santa Claus' Christmas Eve trip as seen from space but, with the current laws of physics, we know he wouldn't be able do it. Or would he? Can Santa be real and deliver on his promises? The question is tricky, as this scientific debate shows. Let the classic scientific fight begin once…
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Because everything has to get the Batman Begins treatment now.
The things some people can do with a pencil and paper are just ridiculous. The things some people can do with Photoshop or iPad apps is just unreal. Art is amazing! But what might be as impressive as any of that is what this guy did with MS Paint. He created an unbelievably photo realistic picture of Santa Claus with…