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29th Oct 2002, 18:12
Hi all

Its nearly that time of year again, when NORAD tracks the progress of Santa around the globe - OK so its a couple of months away but the website opens in December.

For all of you with kids or who yourselves love Santa and the upcoming festive time of year please bookmark the following:

NORAD Tracks Santa (http://www.noradsanta.org)

'tis wonderful and... on Christmas Eve you can "track" Santa and his sleigh as he begins in Oz and finishes his mission in Hawaii!!


Select Zone Five
29th Oct 2002, 19:43
Do you think he needs a wingman?

I'll just need a type-rating for a sleigh :D

Ho ho....oh....:rolleyes:

M I Icarus
29th Oct 2002, 22:23
According to calculations…

I. There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa, supposedly (Santa loves and visits ALL children in some way if you ask me, only increasing the workload), does not visit children of agnostic, atheist, 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 round 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 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 accelerating 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 bepinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly reducing him to a smear of goo.

V. Therefore, if Santa did exist, he’s dead now.

Merry Christmas!

30th Oct 2002, 11:08
Ahh, you know it's Christmas when you see this post doing the rounds!

Let's keep count how many times it appears on Pprune or in individual mail boxes!

Don D Cake
30th Oct 2002, 11:15
Mr Icarus, your calculations do not take Santa's magical powers into account, never mind pixie and elf helpers (who can also do magic, actually). If Santa does not come to my house on Christmas Eve, who has the sherry and mince pie that I leave by the fireplace then, eh? It can't be my wife 'cos she doesn't like sherry.

30th Oct 2002, 13:10
Icarus.......you've been reading "The Science of Christmas" again, haven't you?

Excellent, hilarious book.

30th Oct 2002, 13:16
don, it was bob who ate it!


30th Oct 2002, 14:32
Mattpilot it might have been bob who ate the mince pie in Don's house, but as we don't have a goldfish, who is it who eats the damn thing in our house?????

30th Oct 2002, 15:03
Well if the fat ****** dislodges the tiles I just put back, he's getting both barrels.


23rd Dec 2002, 20:54
here is my Happy Christmas (Eve) present to all you ppruners everywhere!!


23rd Dec 2002, 21:56
If NORAD can track a magic Christmas Elf and his reindeer then tracking and destroying missiles fired by rogue nations should be childs play.

24th Dec 2002, 16:35
Santa has reached the Great Wall of China!! he's on his way folks!!