SouthwestMDW
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Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

This was sent in an e-mail to me, thought I would pass it on. Pretty funny.

There are approximately two billion children (persons under 1 in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist (except maybe in Japan) religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.
Santa has about 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 967.7 visits per second.

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

Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks.

This means 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, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour. The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element.

Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of them... Santa would need 360,000 of them.

This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch). 600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance. This would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake.

The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip. Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 m.p.s. in .001 seconds, would be subjected to acceleration forces of 17,500 g's. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo. Therefore, if Santa did exist, he's dead now.

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

Great job, you spoiled Christmas for me.
Yay Pudding!

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

Hahahaha I saw that before, but it still makes me laugh like crazy.

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

I believe I read this article in Flight International or some other UK flight magazine a couple of years ago.

Nice to see it here again though.
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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

Wow, that's a lot of Worldperk Miles, as I assume Santa is a member of Skyteam and we multiply that by the number of deer pulling his sled and SuperPlatinumElite Status!

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

Santa died in 1999. He got way behind on deliveries that year. He got into too much of a hurry and got sloppy. He exceeded the maximum recommended speed for the sleigh. Here's proof of his demise.

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

Santa uses the time machine that Scotty is always trying to find..

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

What are we saying here? Santa doesn't exsist?

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

 Quoting Yegmaster (Reply 7):What are we saying here? Santa doesn't exsist?

Thwack!

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

 Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 5):He exceeded the maximum recommended speed for the sleigh.

Was that MMO or VMO?
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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

is santas sleigh ETOPS 120 or ETOPS 330 ?

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

Santa's ordered an Airbus A350 - nah nah nah

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

Santa's Watching & hes annoyed.No gift for you this Christmas
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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

 Quoting Cornish (Reply 11):Santa's ordered an Airbus A350 - nah nah nah

A380F surely?
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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

What? You mean Santa doesn't exist?

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

 Quoting SouthwestMDW (Thread starter):the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million

as Santa Claus in many countries like Switzerland is "enroute" on Santa-Claus-Day on 6th December and then leaves the Christmas-job to the "Christ-Child" (Chrisch-Chindli in Switzerland), the "workload" you mention gets reduced further !

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

You forgot about Jehovah's so how many kids does that reduce the total by.

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RE: Can Santa Really Visit Every House?

You forgot about Jehovah's so how many kids does that reduce the total by.

Who's going to work out all these calculations to take that into account?

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