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Getting a message to Saint Nick has never been easy.

Illustration by Addison Eaton

Every year, thousands of little cherubs and rascals try their hands at letters to Santa. As their own attorneys in the court of naughty and nice, they make a case for a verdict that will award them their fantasy presents, whether that be dolls, a new bicycle, peace on Earth, or a just lifetime supply of fun dip and pixie sticks. But where and how to send these adorable holiday missives? The North Pole has a notoriously understaffed post office, and Santa, despite his other good qualities and considerable patience has never really been much of a reader, anyway. This year, as always, these important polar dispatches will be sent by many means, the necessary thing being that the toys, fun, and candy flow in kind.

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PayPal Billionaire Peter Thiel Should Stop Telling College Students to Drop Out

Thiel's program to turn dropouts into tech entrepreneurs isn't just hypocritical, it's also irresponsible.


We've survived the tech bubble and the housing bubble, but according to Peter Thiel, one of the co-founders of PayPal, we're in the grips of a brand new bubble: higher education. Thiel, who is not a dropout—he attended Stanford for both his undergraduate and law degree—is challenging the idea that you need a degree to succeed in life through a new venture, his "20 Under 20" project. Instead of hiring graduates from the nation's most elite schools, he's paying 20 of them $100,000 to drop out of college, run with their entrepreneurial spirit, and start companies.

Thiel told TechCrunch that, "A true bubble is when something is over-valued and intensely believed," noting that, "Education may be the only thing people still believe in in the United States. To question education is really dangerous. It is the absolute taboo. It’s like telling the world there’s no Santa Claus."

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