Santa's War on Science

Corpus Collosum
shows us this graph of search frequency on Google for the word "Science."

And asks "What could it possibly mean?"

What it means is this: The following is a graph of search frequency on Google for the word "Santa."


The graphs are from Google Trends. Just in case it is not utterly obvious, the steep annual dip in science is exactly correlated with the Santa Spike.

What is not entirely evident is why are there two Santa Spikes per year? The larger one in December makes sense, but this later one in Feb/March does not. Unless you know that this is the time each year of the Santa Barbara Athletic Round table. ... Ah, THAT Santa...

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