# The Truth about Santa......may not be for the light hearted!!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by XIbanez4lifeX, Dec 24, 2005.

1. ### XIbanez4lifeX

Nov 15, 2005
Ohio,USA
This is actually kind of old but:

After much research, we present the annual aeronautical engineers report on the theory of Santa: 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.

There are 2 billion children (persons under 18) in the world. BUT since Santa doesn't (appear) to handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish & 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 that there's at least one good child in each.

Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with. This is due 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/second. That is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has .001 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/household, a total trip of 75.5 million miles; not counting stops to do what most of us do at lease once every 31 hours, plus eating etc. So Santa's sleigh must be moving at 650 miles/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 pokey 27.4 miles/second. A conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles/hour.

If every one of the 91.8 million homes with good children were to put out a single chocolate chip c00kie and an 8 ounce glass of 2% milk, the total calories (needless to say other vitamins and minerals) would be approximately 225 calories (100 for the c00kie, give or take, and 125 for the milk, give or take). Multiplying the number of calories per house by the number of homes (225 x 91.8 x 1000000), we get the total number of calories Santa consumes that night, which is 20,655,000,000 calories. To break it down further, 1 pound is equal to 3500 calories. Dividing our total number of calories by the number of calories in a pound (20655000000 / 3500) and we get the number of pounds Santa gains, 5901428.6, which is 2950.7 tons.

The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized Lego set (2 lb.), 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 300lb. Even granting that "flying reindeer" (see #1) can pull 10 TIMES the normal amount, we cannot do the job with 8, or even 9, reindeer. We need 214,200. This increases the payload - not counting the weight of the sleigh - to 353,430 tons. This is four times the weight of the ocean-liner Queen Elizabeth.

353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles/second creates enormous air resistance. This will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as a spacecraft reentering 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 .00426 of a second. Meanwhile, Santa, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250 lb. Santa, being very conservative in terms of guessing Santa's weight, would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 lb. of force.

If Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he's dead now.

2. ### LizardKing3

Feb 25, 2005
Suffolk, Virginia
PFFT.

Santa CLEARLY works in an alternate dimension, which is why nobody has ever seen him.

3. ### Sonorous

Oct 1, 2003
Denton, TX
HE IS MAGIC!! DUHHHHH!!!!

4. ### paniak17

Mar 19, 2004
Northwest, Indiana
Multiple santa's?

5. ### kserg

Feb 20, 2004
London, UK
go and read rules you punks... talking down on talkbass members is clearly against the rules...

I am santa...

6. ### AuG

May 22, 2005
Fort Collins, CO
Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhghhhghghgghhghghghhghghghg cmon Serg did ya have a field day last night or something? Second time I've seen it this morning. I guess if you're Santa then the kiddies were leaving you Cuban cigars and 14 year old Scotch instead of milk and cookies last night huh?

AuG

7. ### mike_v_s

I set up a "Santa" stand this year and sprinkled my yard with Santa urine and ground cookies in an effort to bag the little guy. I was all ready, camo'ed, Santa shot in the gun, the works. No luck. I should have invested in the Santa call that sounds like Santa in heat. Better luck next year, I guess.

Mike

8. ### Tsal

Jan 28, 2000
Finland, EU
What has weight got to do with air resistance?

It's rather obvious that Santa uses the energy from cookies and milk to run a time machine.

9. ### DaveDeVille... you talkin' to me ??Supporting Member

of course he's real , how else would you explain
these footprints my 8 year old daughter found on the fireplace ... ??
how could you possibly doubt this kind of evidence ??

oh man , it was way too early for me to try to figure it out ...

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10. ### FireBug

Sep 18, 2005
Houston
Obviously, quantum mechanics are at play here. Alternate dimensions? No. Parallel universes? Yes.

11. ### Coutts_is_godGuest

Dec 29, 2003
Obviously, Santa is a bass player. So whatever he wants is possible.

12. ### DannyB

Aug 17, 2004
A close look makes me think Santa wears basketball shoes... No boots available?

13. ### DaveDeVille... you talkin' to me ??Supporting Member

well ....

actually , my wife's house slippers , but my daughter didn't seem
to notice the thread design ...

Apr 13, 2001
berkeley, ca

weight goes like mass. mass goes like volume. area is proportional to volume. and air resistance goes like area.

now back to the jokes!

15. ### sycipriderBanned

May 27, 2005
Inland Empire
Let the non Christian kids come up with their own damned Santa!

16. ### Tsal

Jan 28, 2000
Finland, EU
No, it doesn't. Ask neutron stars Surface area is proportional to volume only on even shaped objects.

The whole good joke is spoiled by writers who don't know their high school physics :scowl:

Apr 13, 2001
berkeley, ca
mass doesn't go like volume?

i guess m = rho V is wrong, then!

and as far as santa's concerned, cross-sectional area (what matters for air resistance, as far as i've seen) does increase with volume.

18. ### Minger

Mar 15, 2004
Rochester, NY
Dude...taking physics right now and I understood that!

And man...that is one fast reindeer. The cheetah is screwed if it ever needs a race...

Apr 13, 2001
berkeley, ca
the relationship between areas and volume is, generally, strange.*

however, this well-known joke smacks of "assume santa is a sphere," in which case the relationship is very well-behaved.

*adding mass to santa's jiggly belly, for instance, won't increase cross sectional area much.

anyway, back to the jokes!

20. ### dryheatbob

Mar 6, 2003
Peoria, AZ, baby!

If the crushing weight of that sleigh doesn't get you, that Marlboro/ Budweiser habit will.

Although that photo does help explain what happened to all my beer this weekend.

Bob