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Guess what???? Santa would need 214,200 reindeer to pull his sleigh!!!!!!

post #1 of 10
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This is long, but it's worth reading. Someone did a lot of math and came up with some interesting fun facts.


As a result of an overwhelming lack of requests, and with research help from that renown scientific journal SPY magazine (January, 1990)-I am pleased to present the annual scientific inquiry into Santa Claus.

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 Buddist 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 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 manmade 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 get 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 fasion 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.
post #2 of 10
Well, those people at Spy have forgotten one important thing - Santa is MAGIC. And hey, if the bumble bee can fly . . .
post #3 of 10
A SREIOUSLY flawed piece of research. They have made absoloutely no allowance for Santa's Magic which we all know makes anything possible. A MUCH more reliable publication is "T'was the Night Before Christmas" which clearly states that Santa,et al flew away "like the down from a thistle". This translates as roughly 1/4 the weight of a butterfly wing.

As to the time factor,it is widely known by each and every child that time stands still while Santa is flying about. Don't you remember how LONG the night seemed when you were waiting for morning?

Clearly these folks need more time under the mistletoe. Probly weren't wished Merry Christmas enough either.

All above research supplied by the United Federation of Christmas Nuts. :LOL: :LOL:
post #4 of 10

Surly you don't believe that do you? :laughing2

Clearly another "useless study" conducted by the "Non-believers Federation Of Everything"; even themselves...this is possible; I've heard some people mention that they were "not real" that life was just a figmant of your imagination...OooooooooooooooooooooooK.

With that said, Wayne and Sunlion are, IMO, right on the money with this theory. Santa's magic was not accounted for which makes the whole study erroneous.

Besides, who would ever question the United Federation of Christmas Nuts?

post #5 of 10
Oh what a useless study!! Everyone knows Santa indeed is real!!! Who the hell else eats those cookies and milk that I leave out every Christmas Eve?????
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys!
You were all soooo convincing about Santa being magic, that I looked and looked and finally found something REALLY AWESOME!!!!http://noradsanta.org/english/index.html Tomorrow I can keep track of Santa all night long! Ha ha ha ha!!!! I am so excited I can hardly wait!!!( only teasing)
post #7 of 10

Lorie! What do you mean you're kidding! Girrrrrrrrl...I have that goin' every Christmas! :LOL::LOL::LOL::laughing2 C'mon, I need some company

post #8 of 10
Well I will be anxiously awaiting Santa tomorrow night! We're all ready to track him on radar too so we know when we HAVE to go to bed. I'm hoping for a pony... but I didn't actually ask for one, so we'll see what happens. And my daughter really wants a skateboard. I'm pretty sure she'll get it, too. She asked him and he said he'd take care of it.

I really hope he leaves chocolate, too....
post #9 of 10

Jin, since when does Santa leave chocolate? :laughing2...I thought he ate it all! :laughing2 Well, if he leaves you some, let me know, I'm gonna call the complaint department if he doesn't leave me any...well, then again, I may've been naughty too

post #10 of 10
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OK, now I am truly convinced that Santa is real and I am going to track him all night on Christmas Eve. When he comes I will ask for Peace on Earth andlllllllllllllllllllllllliluuu9999999999999999000000000 Snowball, get off the keyboard right now!!!! You are going to make my computer crash and then I won;;;;;;;won't be able to tra..........sssssswwwwwwwwI won't be able to track Santa. Snowball get down right now!!!! No!!!!! Don't do tha dddddddddeeeeee
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