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Celebrate the Holidays of Season with your Cruise Critic Friends -- Halloween - Thanksgiving - Hanukkah - Christmas - Kwanza - The New Year

 
 
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Old December 6th, 2013, 03:15 AM
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An Engineers Christmas


This explains a lot.

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 (except maybe in Japan) 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 household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming there is at least one good child in each.

Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming 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 stocking, 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 onto 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.

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 thousands tons, not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer can pull 10
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).

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 adsorb 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 acceleration forces of 17,000 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.

Merry Christmas!

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Old December 6th, 2013, 09:01 PM
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Wow! That is amazing! How long did it take to come up with all this information?
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2013 Christmas Cruise RCI Adventure of the Seas So.Caribbean St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao
2012 Christmas Cruise RCI Mariner of the Seas W.Caribbean Cozumel (Tulum) Jamaica, and Grand Cayman
2012 RCI Radiance of the Seas ~ Southbound Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Hubbard Glacier
2011 Christmas Cruise RCI Mariner of the Seas W. Caribbean Belize (Lamanai), Roatan, Costa Maya (Kohunlich), Cozumel
2011 Carnival Ecstasy Western Caribbean Cozumel and Progresso (Chichen Itza)
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2010 Caribbean Princess New England/Canada Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, St. John NS, Halifax NS
2009 Star Princess Alaska Inside Passage Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm
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I came back to read your post again. I really enjoyed it and showed it to my family.

Merry Christmas!
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2013 Christmas Cruise RCI Adventure of the Seas So.Caribbean St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao
2012 Christmas Cruise RCI Mariner of the Seas W.Caribbean Cozumel (Tulum) Jamaica, and Grand Cayman
2012 RCI Radiance of the Seas ~ Southbound Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Hubbard Glacier
2011 Christmas Cruise RCI Mariner of the Seas W. Caribbean Belize (Lamanai), Roatan, Costa Maya (Kohunlich), Cozumel
2011 Carnival Ecstasy Western Caribbean Cozumel and Progresso (Chichen Itza)
2011 Carnival Ecstasy Owners Suite Thanks Upsell Fairy ~ Anniversary in 916 sq ft of paradise!

2011 Carnival Conquest Eastern Caribbean Nassau, Freeport, and Key West
2010 Caribbean Princess New England/Canada Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, St. John NS, Halifax NS
2009 Star Princess Alaska Inside Passage Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm
2008 Christmas Cruise Carnival Ecstasy Western Caribbean Progreso (Uxmal) Cozumel
2007 Carnival Conquest Western Caribbean Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel

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I have to agree -- really great.
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Awesome! I can't wait for my husband to read this when he wakes up. He'd really get a kick out of this.

Thanks for sharing!

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