The Science Behind Santa Claus

Merry Christmas everyone! Today I will be explaining Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, or Father Christmas. Let’s get started!!!

There is approximate 2 billion children under the age of 18 in the world. Religion narrows down 15% because the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist don’t celebrate Christmas. So that’s 378 million children. To confirm this, after watching The Santa Clause, on one line says Santa delivers to millions of children. According to the census, the average children per home is 3.5, so that’s 91.8 million houses.

Due to time zones, Mr. Claus has 31 hours to gift presents to all of the good children meaning he must deliver to 822.6 houses per second. He has 1/1000th of a second to park on the roof, go down the chimney, stuff the stockings, deliver the presents, avoid any obstacles, eat the snacks, and leave.

The average house is about .78  miles apart from another house, so there are 75.5 million miles Santa must travel. His sled must be moving at 650 miles/second which is 3,000 times the speed of sound. The fastest human-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, goes 27.4 miles/seconds.

If we just assume each child gets a present under 2 pounds, the sled is holding 321,300 tons. Santa is pretty overweight, coal for the naughty children and the sleigh, so we will add on 30,000 tons. That leaves us with a total of 353,430 tons of weight.

After all the math, 351,000 tons traveling at 630 miles/second is making so much air resistance it would be similar to something entering the atmosphere. Just the first pair of reindeer would be creating 14.3 quintillion joules of energy, each. All of the force would cause Santa to be pushed to the back of the sled.

In conclusion, Santa Clause is the super obese, Flash that must be a wizard at physics. We do all underestimate the power of Santa Claus, so this holiday season remember all the things that Santa must do. Thanks for reading. Make sure to leave suggestions in the comments!

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