1. Pope says church no longer believes in literal hell:
I have a lot of respect for Pope Francis and believe he is making tremendous strides in returning the Church to the example Christ set. However, the quote above comes from a satire site, Diversity Chronicles.
Snopes: Pope Francis Declares All Religions are True
2. 4th Grader Suspended For Saying "Merry Christmas"
The 'war on Christmas' continues as a simple well-wishing of 'Merry Christmas' has led to big trouble for one fourth-gradeNah, not true. This story comes from the National Report, a fictional "news" site.
San Franciscoboy this week.
Timothy Dawson, a 9-year-old student at Anon Elementary School in
San Francisco,CA., was in the school cafeteria Monday eating with friends when he was taken to the principal's office and given a week-long suspension. His punishment was consequence for saying 'Merry Christmas' to his homeroom teacher earlier that morning.
Dawson's teacher, 35-year-old Paul Horner who is an outspoken Atheist, was offended at the students display of Christmas spirit and had staff suspend the young boy for the rest of the week.
Snopes: Suspension of Disbelief
3. Why NORAD Tracks Santa
Supposedly the tradition of NORAD tracking Santa's journey on radar comes from an accident in 1955, when Sears Roebuck & Co published a "call and talk to Santa" phone number that was one digit off from a number at the Continental Air Defense Command (NORAD's predecessor). Although cute, this story smacks of urban legend to me. Was it really so easy, even in 1955, to accidentally contact a colonel at a sensitive military installation, without having to go through security or any receptionist?This one is a little belated Christmas gift. It happens to be TRUE. This is a very sweet story and worth the read:
Snopes: Track Meet
If you run across anything you want me to check out, leave me a comment.
Now go forth and share the truth!
~GTS: Google That Shit~