This Day in Failure: December 24

2008: President George W. Bush revokes his pardon of Isaac Robert Toussie of Brooklyn, New York, just a day after pardoning him for convictions on charges of mail fraud and making false statements to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The White House attributes the very rare reversal to new information about the extent and nature of Toussie’s prior criminal offenses, as well as the revelation that Robert's father donated $28,500 to the national Republican Party just months before his son’s pardon petition, a contribution that “might create an appearance of impropriety.”

2008: Steven LeClair of Richford, Vermont, accidentally throws away the lottery ticket (for the Tri-State Megabucks drawing held on this day) that he receives as a gift from his mother. Two days later, LeClair’s wife learns that the only winning ticket had been sold at a market in their town, at which point LeClair combs through his trash and retrieves the ticket—a $650,000 winner.

2005: A cherished Christmas tradition begins when the Colorado Springs-based Sears & Roebuck store places an ad in a local newspaper containing Santa’s phone number—the wrong number. Due to a misprint, the phone number puts callers through to Continental Air Defense Command’s operations hotline. CONAD Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, receives the first Santa call, and realizing Sears’ error, checks radar and provides the caller with an update on Santa’s position. Today, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) continues this tradition by tracking Santa’s progress by Web, email and yes, by phone.