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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:00 am 
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Is there a Santa Claus? - a physicist view

Consider the following:

1) No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen.

2) There are 2 billion children -(persons under 18 in the world. BUT since Santa doesn’t (appear) to handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15% of the total - 378 million according to Population Reference Bureau. At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that’s 91.8 million homes. One presumes there’s at least one good child in each.

3) Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west
(which seems logical).

This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house.

Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75-1/2 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding and etc.

This means that Santa’s sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man- made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second - a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour.

4) The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized lego set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight.

On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that ‘flying reindeer’ (see point #1) could pull TEN TIMES the normal amount, we cannot do the job with eight, or even nine.

We need 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload - not even counting the weight of the sleigh - to 353,430 tons. Again, for comparison - this is four times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth.

5) 353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - this will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as spacecraft re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy. Per second. Each.

In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and create deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second.

Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250-pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force.> In conclusion - If Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he’s dead now.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:05 am 
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Its magic that does it :mrgreen:

Have you spent all Christmas working out the figures Rick :shock:

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:56 pm 
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Forget the science! It's magic! :lol: :lol:

(Rick will be trying to tell us it doesn't snow at Christmas next! :lol: :lol: )

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:40 pm 
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What?! I don't understand this post - of course Santa exists! :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:25 am 
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Well I have it from very reliable sources that it is really Mummy and Daddy so there :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:36 pm 
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You need to watch NORAD Tracks Santa with Google Earth next year Rick - its live and NASA have all sorts of satellites and gadgets tracking him. He does indeed work East to West, when he reaches Paris all little people in this house sprint to bed and straight to sleep cos he's nearly at our house, usually groaning about Aussie children already diving in and opening. As I said to my eldest 'Do you really think I have time to creep about dressed as Santa?' 'Where on earth would I hide a heap of pressies so you couldn't find them?'

Why could he not deliver a Beardie complete with set up - well sometimes mummy and daddy need to give a little helping hand, just in case Norbert escaped up the chimney :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:04 am 
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Boyceview wrote:You need to watch NORAD Tracks Santa with Google Earth next year Rick


Who do you think put the link up to this site viewtopic.php?f=18&t=4580 for the last couple of years :lol: :lol:

Of course the site is a complete fabrication put together by war mongering American Imperialists designed to fool the masses into spending hard earned money and thus lining the pockets of a very few Imerialistic moguls. After all the Moon Landing was faked in studios at Canaveral as is common knowledge, so a little fat man in a sleigh would be childs play to them :shock:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:25 am 
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I see your point but what about the elves???

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:32 pm 
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Elves are a tragic by-blow of this whole capitalist scam. Once the poor down trodden masses have bankrupted themselves buying gifts "from Santa" they have no way of repaying the loans made to them by the banks who have forced credit on them over the preceding year. Thus their only option is to sell the very children on whom the money was spent into slavery. These poor innocents are dressed in little green outfits, have their ears trimmed to make them appear pointy and are sent off to sweat shops to work all year making more toys to perpetuate this capitalist inspired fairy tale.

This set of posts should of course be read whilst listening to (We'll keep) the Red Flag (Flying) available at http://www.marxists.org/subject/art/mus ... d-flag.htm


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:00 pm 
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Thanks for that Rick - fantastic idea as I was wondering what to do with my two - off to ear trim :lol:

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:lol: :lol: Oooh do post a pic!!

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