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Someone Asked Santa,
"What are three books that you like?"

The hand signs you are seeing above are A S L

               One of Santa's favorite books is "The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary." by Richard A Tennant and Marianne Gluszak Brown.

Santa is always learning new things! I am currently taking an Ohio University class DSI 111, and I am learning American Sign Language. American Sign Language is a language that Santa can communicate with Deaf children and people using ASL (American Sign Language). It is very important to me to be able to make everyone's Christmas filled with joy and happy memories. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! HO! HO! HO!

              Another one of Santa's favorite books is "The History of Mathematics" by David M. Burton

Did you know that Santa loves mathematics? I find all areas of mathematics from Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, to Statistic and Probability all to be very intriguing. So to have a book explaining how all of this evolved over many years B.C, it was a book for me.

Did you know that in 1700, there was a fellow by the name of Thomas Fuller who was a black man that could not read or write, but when it came to mathematics, he was a genius! In 1724, Thomas Fuller (known as Negro Tom) was ripped from his home in Africa and shipped to America to be a slave. He had been born in Africa in the area we now know as Liberia and Benin. He was age fourteen when he was brought to America in the Common Wealth of Virginia. Late in his life, he was the property of Elisabeth Cox.

Many people called Thomas Fuller, "The Virginia Calculator." "When he was about seventy years old, two gentlemen, natives of Pennsylvania, viz., William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates, men of probity and respectable characters, having heard, in travelling through the neighborhood in which the slave lived, of his extraordinary powers in arithmetic, sent for him and had their curiosity sufficiently gratified by the answers which he gave to the following questions:

           First, Upon being asked how many seconds there were in a year and a half, he answered in about two minutes, 47 304 000.

           Second: On being asked how many seconds a man has lived who is 70 years, 17 days and 12 hours old,
           he answered in a minute and a half 2 210 500 800.

One of the gentlemen who employed himself with his pen in making these calculations told him he was wrong, and the sum was not as great as he had said - upon which the old man hastily replied: stop, master, you forget the leap year. On adding the amount of the seconds of the leap years the amount of the whole in both their sums agreed exactly."

It is thought that Thomas Fuller had learned to calculate in Africa prior to his being taken from his home and forced into slavery in Virginia. He died at age eighty, having never learned to read or write. Anytime someone witnessing his calculating abilities would make a remark that it was a pity that he had never been educated, Fuller would reply, "It is best I got no learning; for many learned men be great fools." His calculating abilities were used to show that Black people were not stupid, that blacks were not mentally inferior to whites.

              Another one of Santa's favorite books is "The Christmas Humbugs" by Colleen Monroe with Illustrations by (husband) Michael Glenn Monroe

This is a Children's Christmas book about some funny looking bugs that try really hard to spoil Christmas. It has a lot of illustrations that makes this poetic Christmas story fun for the Children of all ages.

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