THE SCIENCE OF SANTA

December 15, 2014

Are you expecting Santa to visit your home this year?

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A group of scientists has broken down the laws of physics Saint Nick will have to grapple with come Christmas Eve.

For example, they say if Santa flies East to West he’ll have 31 hours to deliver presents rather than just 24, as he’ll match the Earth’s rotation.

Assuming Santa doesn’t handle certain faiths, he’ll have about 378 million children to deliver to, which equates to about 91.8 million homes to visit.

That would mean Santa would have to make 822.6 visits per second, and moving at that speed would mean he would age slightly slower than the rest of the people on Earth.

Additionally, even if each child received a present no more than two pounds in weight, the sleigh would still weigh more than 320,000 tons, just shy of the Empire State Building’s weight.

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Santa would also ingest 150 billion calories if he ate all the snacks left out for him on his journey.

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