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"Is there Santa Claus ? [OT]" von Michael Sachse
(24.12.2000, 07:55)

(Dieser Artikel wurde 1102 mal seit dem 16.10.2001, 22:56 aufgerufen)

Bezugsnachricht: Fröhliche Weihnachten ! (JayPoint)
Antworten: Is there Santa Claus ? [der Rest] [OT] (Michael Sachse)
Re: Is there Santa Claus ? [OT] (Santa Claus)

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Frohe Weihnachten euch allen !

Anbei ein Klassiker, der wohl etwas OT ist, aber irgendwie immer wieder schoen ist.



1) No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000
species of living organisims 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 childern (persons under 18) in the world.
BUT since Santa dosen´t (appear) to handle the Muslim, Hindu,
Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15%
of the total - 378 million according to the 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
be 822.6 visits per second. This is to say 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 241,200 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 spacecrafts re-entering the earths
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.

--- CrossPoint v3.1 R

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