12/21/2010 07:34 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Santa and Bin Ladin -- Lots in Common

I never thought about Santa Claus having so much in common with the world's number one terrorist. After all, there was news of some wannabe terrorist wanting to blow up a Christmas tree. But it only took me a few minutes to come up with a list of things those two figures have in common. So in the Spirit of Christmas and increased terrorist activities, I present this list of commonalities.

  1. They both appeal to the young ones and promise to reward them with things if they cooperate, or punish them if they do not.
  2. The both appear at a special time of the year and make their presence known.
  3. Some people go to great lengths to take their pictures.
  4. Some people debate their existence.
  5. The scope of their work and its effectiveness is debated.
  6. Some people take them to be religious figures.
  7. They both indulge in guilty pleasures: cookies for Santa and Whitney Houston for Osama.
  8. They are both operate in the dark when you are asleep.
  9. They live faraway in a place we never even knew existed.
  10. They both star in publications, including movies, music posters, and books.
  11. They have a loyal army of workers who are as committed and dedicated as they are, blindly supported and rarely questioned.
  12. Both tracked by NORAD.
  13. Some countries ban their image.
  14. They both have beards.
  15. They both ship packages.
  16. They both have blacklists.
  17. Both figures are used by superior powers to achieve a higher agenda.
  18. They both wear head gear
  19. Both are associated with flying objects and flying into buildings.
  20. Controversial endorsement, some think neither should appear on merchandise
  21. They both have established global franchises and both outsource.
  22. They both have mysterious sources of funding and operation. No one ever audits their books.
[Hat Tip: Kellee K, and Suneela Mubayi]