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Re: JOFM02 Keps?

So there! Mr. W3IWI!!  Merry Christmas.  Cliff K7RR

Bill Greene VE7WFG wrote:
> Happy Holidays Tom,
> Another unexplained phenomena ! Just goes to show you the level of magic
> involved with Christmas !
> I passed some of your comments on to two of my grandchildren, there
> response was " Mr. Clark is wrong.....he better be careful grandpa,
> Santa does not like that kind of talk " ! So anyhow Tom I thought I
> would pass the thoughts of a 4 and 5 year old on to you !
> Hope Santa lightens his load at my place !!!!
> Take care and Merry Christmas !
> 73 de VE7WFG
> Bill
> Armstrong BC
> DO00jk
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org] On
> Behalf Of Tom Clark, W3IWI
> Sent: December 24, 2002 9:38 AM
> To: 'Mike Murphree'; 'Les Alverson'
> Cc: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
> Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] JOFM02 Keps?
> A Rocket Scientist's Analysis of the Santa Claus legend:
> 1. 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
> household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at
> least one good child in each.
> 2.      Santa has 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 every Christian household with a good child,
> Santa has around 1/1000 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
> purpose of our calculations). We are talking about 1.25 Km per
> household, a total of 120.8 million Km, not counting bathroom stops or
> breaks. This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 1040 Km per second .
> 3,000 times the speed of sound or 0.346% of the speed of light. For
> purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space
> probe, moves at a mere 43.8 Km per second, and a conventional reindeer
> can run (at best) 25 Km per hour.
> 3.      The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element.
> Assuming
> that each child gets nothing more than a medium Lego set (two pounds or
> nearly 1 kG), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not
> counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no
> more than 300 pounds, and 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).
> 4.      600,000 tons traveling at 1040 Km per second creates enormous
> air
> resistance....this would heat up the lead reindeer in the same fashion
> as a space shuttle 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 1040 k 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 reddish pink (HO HO HO!)
> goo.
> 5.      Therefore I conclude, if Santa did exist in the past, he's very
> dead now.
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