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Things We Saw Today: Uh Oh, Some Bad News About Santa Claus

I’ve got some good news/bad news about Santa Claus. The good news: he’s real! (And yes, we know you knew that already.) The bad news: he’s dead. Sorry, everybody.

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A temple and burial grounds has been discovered underneath the church of St. Nicholas in the Turkish province of Antalya. According to an article in The Guardian, “It had been thought that the remains of Saint Nicholas were transferred from Demre by sailors who smuggled them to the city of Bari in Italy, where the St Nicholas Basilica still stands.”

So Santa’s remains have been traveling around the world with pirates? Honestly, that’s a better story than reindeer.

    • Someone on NPR’s social media team accidentally put up a post meant for their personal page about a cat (or actually, as it turns out, a baby) named Ramona and the world is done with news. We want more Ramona! (via NPR)
    • Friday is the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. The nonprofit GirlTrek is going to “raise an army of sisters, #FanniesArmy, who will lead 100 walks across America at sunset on Oct. 6.” So far there are more than 300 walks scheduled in her name. (via The Root)
    • Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate have been cast in the Venom movie. But who are they playing??? (via Nerdist)
    • Murder on the Orient Express isn’t the only Agatha Christie adaptation in the works, and this one doesn’t even have Johnny Depp’s face ruining everything. (via Pajiba)
    • Viola Davis and Larry Wilmore are producing a show together. The ABC comedy, titled Black Don’t Crack, will center on a group of black sorority sisters reuniting and realizing “that now that they are of a certain age sometimes it’s okay to crack and no one will be there for you like your sisters.” We are very much here for this. (via Jezebel)
    • I love this video of ESPN monitoring the heart rate and other vitals of Major Attaway, who plays the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, because theatre is a GD SPORT!


    That’s it on my end. What did you genius genies see out there today?

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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