Mall Of America Hires First Black Santa Claus

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(PCM) America’s largest mall, the Mall Of America near Minneapolis, Minnesota is making history by hiring their first black Santa Claus as part of their Santa Experience. The mall announced the news that they have hired Larry Jefferson to take on the role of Santa Claus for select appearances this month. Co-owner of the malls Santa Experience, Landon Luther, says, “This is a long time coming. We want Santa to be for everyone, period.”

The mall feels that having a black Santa gives children who aren’t white to see a Santa Claus character that looks like them. The Santa Experience launched a nationwide search for a diverse Santa Claus. They discovered Jefferson at a Santa convention in Branson, Missouri, over the summer. He was the only black Santa among the 1,000 impersonators in attendance. Jefferson is originally from Irving, Texas and is a veteran Santa impersonator in his home state. 

He was more than happy to sign on for a four-day stint at the Mall Of America’s Santa Experience. He will be taking pictures and handing out candy canes to the children. Jefferson had some absolutely heartwarming sentiments to share about acting as the mall’s first black Santa. He said “I’m just a messenger to bring hope, love and peace to girls and boys. Anybody can be Santa; it’s what’s in your heart.” Awww … so many feels this holiday season!  This may not seem like such a huge ordeal, but it is definitely a long overdue step in the right direction in the midst of our current political climate.  

In case you happen to wonder what Santa’s wish would be this holiday season according to the Star Tribune, he said he would love to be invited to the White House by President Obama and would also like to visit President-elect Donald Trump, too! 

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Domino’s Pizza Is Training Reindeer To Deliver Pizza In Japan

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(PCM) We can think of about a million and one reasons why this is not such a good idea, however Domino’s Pizza still plans to move forward with their “brilliant” idea to train reindeer to deliver pizza’s this holiday season in Japan. The franchise branch that came up with the idea is even figuring on a way incorporate GPS technology to equip the reindeer and the pizza will be delivered via sleigh. Tis’ the season of ridiculousness! 

The fine folks at the Domino’s franchise in Japan that hatched this plan have released a video showcasing their effort in training the pizza delivering reindeer. Let’s just say, it doesn’t go exactly according to plan (gee..didn’t see that one coming!).

Domino’s plan was to equip the reindeer with GPS trackers so that the customer who ordered the pizza would be able to track their whereabouts and delivery time. They unfortunately did not plan for such instances as the pizza falling off the back of the reindeer or the reindeer veering the sleigh off course. Not sure what they were really expecting with an untrained wild animal, but hey, we give them points for the attempt and creativity. 

A press release for the company states that it is “too difficult to control the reindeer” but they are still trying to work out the situation and urge their customers to stay tuned for additional information. 

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Santa Is Now Leaving Apology Notes For Kids Who Didn’t Get What They Wanted For Christmas

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(PCM) It is no secret that both Hatchimals and Nintendo NES Classic Editions are at the very top of every child’s wish list this Christmas. Of course, it is also no secret that neither of these highly sought after toys can be found at any retail locations both brick and mortar or online, in fact both are selling for hundreds and even thousands of dollars on websites such as Ebay and Amazon which many parents certainly can’t afford.

Rather than watch their children endure the sadness of not discovering a Hatchimal or NES Classic Edition under the tree, many parents are turning to apology letters from Santa (yes, they are a real thing) to help ease pain and help explain just why these treasured presents did not end up under the tree. One letter in particular claims that the reason the child is not receiving a Hatchimal for Christmas is due to the fact that both Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for the eggs to be laid. It goes on to say that once the egg has been laid, sometime in January, an elf will deliver the Hatchimal to the child’s home.

Another option is a letter that explains why the child will not be receiving a Hatchimal at all saying that they will be no longer given out as presents and they are forming a colony of Hatchimals at the North Pole to help combat extinction and protect species. Hey, if the kids buy it … go for it! However, could Santa apology letters be taking things a bit too far. Many parents feel that children should not receive every item that is marked on their Christmas lists, as it could certainly lead to the children developing unrealistic expectations later in life.

When we were young and we didn’t get the toys we asked for (I’m looking at you Cabbage Patch Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, and Tickle Me Elmos) we just moved on, played with the gifts we did receive and all was good in the world. Parents, it’s definitely time to rip off the band-aid and teach these children about the way the real world works. We can’t get what we want all time!

 

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Cards Against Humanity Raises $90K To Dig A Hole For No Reason

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(PCM) This is not surprising news coming from the folks behind the crude party card game “Cards Against Humanity”, as they have always been known to push the limits.

The company has currently raised more than $90,000 to literally dig a hole in the ground that leads to nowhere. They have named it the “Holiday Hole” and when visiting the company’s website you can view a live stream of the hole be dug in the ground for absolutely no reason.

The more money that is donate the further “Cards Against Humanity” will dig. Each $5.00 donate adds 2 more seconds of dig time to the “Holiday Hole”. The company has launched a website to promote the project and are taunting their supporters by labeling the amount of donations received as “Money Thrown In Hole”.  It is actually kind of mesmerizing to watch, as you know in the back of your mind that the hole is the result of people’s hard-earned dollars being literally thrown into the ground. 

Obviously the company statement about holiday consumerism is working and people are fascinated by the sheer and utter ridiculousness of the project. Top donors for the project have donated amounts of money over $1,000 and the donates are continuing to pour throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. Makes us curious as to just what they will think of next. 

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Clear The Roadways! These States Have The Worst Drivers

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(PCM) Tis’ the season for holiday travel and it has now been revealed which states harbor some of the worst drivers in the country. One would think that states such as New York or New Jersey would be located somewhere near the top of the list, however it has actually been revealed that both Texas and Louisiana have tied for first place on the list of state with the worst drivers.

The worst drivers study used data that was collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analyzed statistics regarding crash fatalities in a multitude of categories, including those that involved drunk driving, careless driving, speeding, and failure to obey basic traffic laws. Once the data was complied they were able to create a list of states with the worst drivers.

While Texas and Louisiana placed first, South Carolina came in third, North Dakota was fourth and Delaware rounded out the top five coming in fifth place. Also included in the top ten were New Mexico, Nevada,Alabama, Arizona and Montana.

States such as Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia, Iowa and Rhode Island were listed as some of the safest driving states and surprisingly New Jersey came in at number nine on the safest driving state list.

According to AAA.com more than 43 million drivers will travel the roadways during the holiday season, so please remember to always use caution and pay attention when behind the wheel not just during the holidays, but whenever you need to travel away from home.

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The List Of The Worst Toys Of 2016 Has Been Revealed

(PCM) The holiday shopping season is already full steam ahead and of course, children’s toys are at the top of everyone’s shopping list. Each year at the start of the holiday season WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc) releases their annual list of the top ten worst or most dangerous toys that are currently available for purchase.

Toys can be blacklisted by WATCH for a plethora of reasons including choking hazards, improper age restrictions, and the ability to cause a child physical harm. You can view the WATCH top ten list of the worst toys of 2016 below.

Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death. W.A.T.C.H. urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys— especially during the upcoming 2016 Holiday Season, which accounts for more than 65% of all toy sales.

  1. PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLES FAMILY 
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    Price: $11.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Jazwares, LLC
    Retailer(s): Target, Amazon.com
    Age Recommendation: “2+ or 3+” (depending on which packaging purchased)
    Warnings: “WARNING! CHOKING HAZARD-small parts. Not for children
    under 3 years” (on some packages for sale, not on others)
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This set of four “Peppa Pig” figurines includes an entire “muddy puddles family”.
    Incredibly, despite the “choking hazard” warning and “3+” age recommendation on the packaging of
    some toys, other packages of what appear to be the same toys are sold for oral-age children as young
    as “2+” with no warnings about toy-related hazards.

  2. KIDS TIME BABY CHILDREN’S ELEPHANT PILLOW
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    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Kids Time US; Appease Toys
    Retailer(s): Amazon.com
    Age Recommendation: “Age range: >3 years old, Grown-ups” (retailer website only)
    Warnings: None. Product description on retailer website states in part:
    “When this elephant pillow [is] for use with infant, it should be
    under adult supervision”
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR SUFFOCATION!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This large, plush pillow in the form of a cuddly stuffed elephant is marketed with
    an image on the retailer’s website depicting an infant snuggling alone with the plush animal. There
    are no warnings or age recommendations on the product itself. The hazards associated with pillows
    sold for infants are well documented. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has
    warned that a pillow can block a baby’s mouth and can cause a baby to suffocate. “Infant pillow[s]”
    and “any other similar article[s]” which are “intended or promoted for use by children under one
    year of age” have been banned by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (16 CFR 1500.18).

  3. SLIMEBALL SLINGER
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    Price: $24.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Diggin Active, Inc
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us, Amazon.com
    Age Recommendation: “6+”
    Warnings: “WARNING! Never shoot at any person or animal…” and other
    warnings, cautions and instructions on package
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “slimeball launcher” is similar to a slingshot, and is sold with bright green
    “slimeballs” as ammunition, which can be fired “over 30 feet!” Projectiles launched with such force
    have the potential to cause serious eye injuries.

  4. BANZAI BUMP N’ BOUNCE BODY BUMPERS
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    Price: $14.88
    Manufacturer or Distributor: ToyQuest
    Retailer(s): Walmart, Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Sears.com
    Age Recommendation: “4-12”
    Warnings: “WARNING! To avoid risk of serious injury or death: …This
    product does not provide protection. Impact hazard may present;
    protective equipment (for head, elbows, knees, hands, etc) should
    be worn (not included),” and other warnings/cautious on package
    insert, packaging and product
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR IMPACT INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Children as young as 4-years-old are encouraged to “[s]lip into your bumper suit
    for a “bumpin’ bump ‘em’ fun time!” Children on the packaging are shown running into each other
    without any “protection” (not included), as recommended by the manufacturer.

  5. NERF RIVAL APOLLO XV-700 BLASTER
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    Price: $34.48
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Hasbro
    Retailer(s): Walmart.com, Target.com, Amazon.com, Kmart.com
    Age Recommendation: “AGES 14+”
    Warnings: NONE
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The manufacturer of this “blaster” with an “easy-load magazine” encourages
    “precision battling” during “intense head-to-head competition.” The ammunition provided can shoot
    with enough force to potentially cause eye injuries. Images on the box depict children wearing masks
    covering their face and eyes, however the face mask is “not included” and must be purchased
    separately.

  6. THE GOOD DINOSAUR GALLOPING BUTCH
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    Price: $26.00
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Tomy
    Retailer(s): Amazon.com, Walmart.com, ToyRUs.com
    Age Recommendation: “3+”
    Warnings: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD –Small parts… Not for
    children under 3 years” (packaging)
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR PUNCTURE WOUND INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This “rugged Tyrannosaurus Rex” is a popular children’s movie character
    marketed as a “Rustler’s worst nightmare.” Operation of the dinosaur by children as young as 3-
    years-old in order to evoke “galloping action and sounds” requires the push of a button on the toy’s
    rigid, pointed tail, which may be held close to a child’s torso or face. There exists a potential for
    significant puncture wound injuries during encouraged playtime activity.

  7. PEPPY PUPS
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    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: TPF Toys, Ltd.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us
    Age Recommendation: “2+”
    Warnings: None (instructions on packaging: “Adult supervision Required”)
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR STRANGULATION INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be
    less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are permitted to market pull toys like the “Peppy Pup,”
    with a cord measuring approximately 31 inches.

  8. FLYING HEROES SUPERMAN LAUNCHER
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    Price: $16.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: I-Star Entertainment, LLC; The Bridge Direct, Inc.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Sears.com, Ebay.com,
    BigW.com
    Age Recommendation: “4+”
    Warnings: “Warning! Never aim at eyes or face” (packaging), and other
    “safety instructions” and warnings on packaging and insert
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE AND FACIAL INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This flying, winged superhero figurine is sold with a launcher for children as
    young as 4 years old, who are encouraged to “[g]rip it!” and “[r]ip it!” The instructions caution that
    the Superman character should only be launched “at arm’s length and pointing up and away from
    your face….”

  9. BABY MAGIC FEED AND PLAY BABY
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    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: New Adventures LLC LTD
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us, Amazon.com, Sears.com
    Age Recommendation: “2+”
    Warnings: None
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “Baby Magic” doll, which plays “peek a boo,” comes with a baby bottle, high
    chair, blanket, food dish, and “interactive spoon.” The slender, rigid plastic spoon is approximately 2
    ¾” long, with the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.

  10. WARCRAFT DOOMHAMMER
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    Price: $9.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us, Amazon.com
    Age Recommendation: “6+”
    Warnings: “Warning. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Small
    parts. Choking hazard” (packaging)
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR BLUNT IMPACT INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! 6-year-old children are encouraged to “[f]eel the power of the horde!” with the
    “legendary Doomhammer,” based on weaponry in the “Warcraft” movie. The manufacturer offers
    no warnings regarding potential impact injuries associated with foreseeable use of the heavy, rigid
    plastic battle hammer.

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