Say you’re a jolly fat man in a red and white coat and you want to deliver millions of toys to children on a list the size of a small city. Your GPS is broken and you’re on a tight deadline. How do you know where to tell your reindeer to guide your magical sleigh?
The answer: you pull up MapQuest on your laptop, of course. Why MapQuest instead of Google Maps, you might ask? Well it’s because the AOL-owned mapping and directions tool has added a new language called “Santa Speak,” which helps you navigate your merry sleigh through traffic.
Of course, one has to wonder why Santa’s worried about traffic. Don’t his reindeer know how to fly? And doesn’t Santa have some magical powers that help him miraculously avoid cars, airplanes and migrating birds?
The new “feature” is actually an easter egg the site started rolling out sometime this morning. By clicking on the flag at the top of the page and choosing “Santa Speak,” you too can pretend your car is delivering presents to all of the good little girls and boys.
We have to admit, we were pretty amused by MapQuest’s holiday cheer. As far as we know though, we’re not going to be called into toy delivery duty anytime soon. That’s why we’re going to be tracking Santa with Google Maps over hot cocoa instead.
Image courtesy of Flickr, Stephanie Wallace Photography
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