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Scientific analysis of Santa Claus

Clive Maxfield
12/16/2010 09:51 PM EST

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mateusz.sawka
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mateusz.sawka   1/4/2011 11:35:02 PM
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This is all fine and dandy - if you believe Santa follows the physics of mere mortals! Obviously Santa has some sort of 'Matrix' like understanding of our world. That's +1 point for me on the Naughty n' Nice List for 2011!

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   12/17/2010 4:49:41 PM
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But what color should it be?

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antiquus   12/17/2010 4:46:22 PM
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If marketing requires a sleigh at Mach 3000 and 350 million ton capacity, you can bet your britches that some engineer will produce a solution. Seems like a normal day in the engineering department.

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   12/17/2010 3:26:52 PM
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Who amongst us can argue against Time Lord Technology?

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David Ashton   12/17/2010 2:32:24 AM
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As Arthur C. Clarke once remarked, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". From this we can deduce that Santa is several orders of magnitude more technologically advanced than even you, Max! However, you did get the correct answer at the bottom.....

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Duane Benson   12/17/2010 12:23:23 AM
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The above calculations are missing the fact that, with Santa traveling at 0.349% light-speed, there will be relativity effects. The original author did not account for that factor. Therefore I call all of his calculations in to question. Since the author no longer has math credibility, I surmise that it would in fact be possible for Santa to deliver all of his packages. Further, the 17,500.06 G's (if you can believe that number, given lack of consideration of all factors) would likely fling Santa, his reindeer, sleigh and presents toward the sun. Anyone who has watched Star Trek IV, The return voyage of the search for the wrath of the Whales, knows that by doing so it is possible to travel backwards in time. Santa merely has to do that 91.8 million times, going back 31 hours each time. That will give him the ability to travel at more reasonable speeds and deliver all of the packages within the allotted time. As far as carrying all 321,300 tons of presents goes, he simply uses Time Lord technology. Q.E.D.

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Max The Magnificent   12/16/2010 10:00:37 PM
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The thing that prompted me to post this was seeing it in a discussion on the How Things Work group on Yahoo. One of those guys just posted the following explanation: "I always thought it was rather obvious that Santa is a master of spacetime and gravity. The inescapable conclusion is that he opens a wormhole to a home, deposits the goodies, then closes the wormhole. That should take about 10 minutes. He then uses the same technology, but this time tunneling not through space, but through time, backwards by ten minutes. Lather, rinse, and repeat."

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