Many of us have heard of time capsules before: You fill a box with keepsakes significant to you at the time, bury them in a box in the ground, and open it years later for a personalized time warp. But one teacher in Saskatchewan, Canada, took that idea one step further by having his high school students write letters to their future selves and promising to mail them 20 years letter. He’s now been making good on this promise for five decades. Bruce Farrer, 72, hatched this idea as a young teacher back in 1961, mainly as a lesson to his students about keeping commitments.
SO GOOD: 7-year-old with cancer scores a long TD at the Nebraska Spring Game. This is must-see stuff (more great vids here).
Mall Santas can be a cold bunch. In December 2008, This American Life correspondent Josh Bearman told the incredible true story of an intra-Santa political fight between two groups, one led by Santa Nick, the other by Santa Tim; one accused of profiting from the Amalgamation of Real Bearded Santas, and one accused of becoming a power-hungry Santa Stalin.
One particular Boston-area mall Santa is no such Grinch. When he saw a shy 3-year-old boy with two hearing aids, he broke out his best sign language and asked the child whether he was a good boy this year.
Either New York City children think Santa Claus is an old gay bear living in Chelsea or they’ve unfortunately been given some faulty information about the location of his North Pole toy shop. When Dylan and Jim mysteriously began to receive letters addressed to Santa at their 22nd Street apartment, they suspected the latter. Having no idea where these letters came from, the two men set out to fulfill wishes for the children writing them. The only problem: where to even start.