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There was a real Santa Claus. Did he look like this?

Advanced AI technology used to update image of the real Saint Nick

The image of Saint Nicholas on the left was created in 2006 after the Vatican granted scientists access to X-rays and measurements taken from the saint's actual remains. The updated image on the right was created using advanced AI technology. (Photo courtesy of Image Foundry)

NEW DELHI, India -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- with trees lit like diamonds, wreaths covered in bows and, of course, the jolly fat man in the red suit popping up everywhere. Santa Claus is, without doubt, the secular Christmas icon. But it turns out we've got him all wrong.

Using the latest artificial intelligence technology, an updated face of the real Saint Nick has been revealed. Forget about chubby red cheeks and a curly white beard. Turns out the 4th-century bishop, from whom Santa Claus is derived, was a short swarthy man with dark brown eyes and a broken nose.

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