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    Santa Claus:An Engineers Perspective
    I. There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau).

    At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per house hold, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.

    II. Santa has about 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 967.7 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house.

    Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means 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, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour.

    III. The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of them--- Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch).

    IV. 600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance --- this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake.

    The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.

    Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accellerating from a dead stop to 650 m.p.s. in .001 seconds, would be subjected to centrifugal forces of 17,500 g's. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.

    Therefore, if Santa did exist, he's dead now.
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    Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

    Unless he travels around the world at such a speed that when he returns to the same point, he's gained a few minutes.

    I mean, the reindeer can fly. If you wanna start talking mechanics, first debunk that one before you start with the fact that normal ones can only run 15 mph.

    hehe. Entertaining read, though it'd make my cousins cry.
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    • #3
      Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

      My physics teacher in High School had this on her wall.
      ~~ Veritas simplex oratio est ~~
      No matter how far a wizard goes, he will always come back for his hat. --T. Pratchett

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      • #4
        Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

        From an industrial engineer's perspective:
        Santa is singlehandedly the greatest workforce ever. For only working one day a year, he's a model for efficiency and productivity we should all strive to be. China has nothing on Santa.
        Last edited by Faultline; 12-14-2005, 01:17 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

          The numbers are skewed. Santa doesn't deliver to all children, only children celebrating Christmas. So most of Asia and the Middle East, for example, can be dropped from the calculations.

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          • #6
            Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

            Originally posted by leejo
            The numbers are skewed. Santa doesn't deliver to all children, only children celebrating Christmas. So most of Asia and the Middle East, for example, can be dropped from the calculations.
            That is taken care of in number 1.

            I. There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau).
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            • #7
              Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

              Oops. I confess I didn't scour the details about Santa's challenge, being make-believe and all.

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              • #8
                Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

                Originally posted by leejo
                Oops. I confess I didn't scour the details about Santa's challenge, being make-believe and all.
                Do you know what list you just got moved to? No P2000 for you, young man.

                And for the rest of you skeptics, engineers still don't quite understand that there are some things that you just can't calculate. The magic that is Christmas isn't something that you can measure with a slide rule or calculator, or even a Kray...

                So, if you choose to ignore the sense of goodwill that seems to permeate the very air around you during this holiday season, and listen to ignorant engineers that don't know what they're talking about, then I probably don't exist to you. And that's fine with me. I won't even bother with a lump of coal for you... Just don't be a scrooge like that schoolteacher that told all her students I don't exist. Please.
                Ho, Ho, Ho!

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                • #9
                  Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

                  OldStNick...

                  This guy... Suddenly came out of nowhere... Join date? Dec24, 2004. He just appeared before the christmas last year...

                  Public Profile:
                  His Occupation? Managing elves? lol
                  His Hobbies? toys, lots of toys... rofl...

                  His posts 4... All of them made today. Is it somebody that has been planning this whole confusion thing? Is it the real Santa that I have been staying to up to meet? Is it a computer genious?

                  Aaagh shucks...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

                    Originally posted by OldStNick
                    Do you know what list you just got moved to? No P2000 for you, young man.
                    Check your PMs Santa.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

                      i like the end where the reindeer vapourized.. mmmmm venison smelling air... mmmm *drools*

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                      • #12
                        Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

                        Originally posted by |TG| B View Post
                        Is it somebody that has been planning this whole confusion thing? Is it the real Santa that I have been staying to up to meet? Is it a computer genious?
                        Don't be confused, young man. You just have to believe!

                        Ho Ho Ho!
                        Ho, Ho, Ho!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

                          Yeah well I believe that I'm still waiting on that p2000. Chop chop old man.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

                            All I want for Christmas is Santa's list of Naughty Girls.
                            ---
                            Sources say the Dow Jones' decline is directly related to Dethklok front-man Nathan Explosion's constant deleting of potential new albums.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Engineering Perspective of Santa

                              Done and done.

                              Who is this stnick poser anyway?

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