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Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2007 4:14PM
I'm sure we are all excited that Santa is on his way, although some members have already had a visit......

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JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
24 Dec 2007 4:48PM
Currently Uzbekistan... Seven Hours to get to the UK Wink
cameracat 16 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
24 Dec 2007 5:01PM

Quote:Currently Uzbekistan

I thought the guy in the red outfit on my roof, Looked a bit Sus........Sad

Dam Cat Burglars......Again....!
Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2007 11:37PM
Hes in Africa.....getting closer.....Smile
dougv 16 8.4k 3 England
24 Dec 2007 11:49PM
He should get a Sat Nav!

He's already been to Africa once tonight.

sherlob Plus
14 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2007 12:02AM
He's here in the uk - quick time to get to bed! One minute to christmas...

Adam (excited)
wanderlust1 12 75
25 Dec 2007 12:15AM
I'm waiting for my kids to go to bed, so I can??
Need to wrap a present that hiding in the garage and can't till they are out the way!!!
Fishnet 16 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2007 12:21AM
Presents are under tree, carrots eaten, milk and cookies consumed, just remembered FC hasn't left a note to the kids, eeek gotta go!!!!
looboss 13 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2007 12:07PM
been & gone mate, been & gone! LOL!
kombizz 15 601 1 United States
28 Dec 2007 3:08AM
it seems he forgot one of his bags
not sure what we should do with it
JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
28 Dec 2007 8:16AM

Quote:It seems he forgot one of his bags
not sure what we should do with it

I assume it had the latest released camera bodies / lenses Wink
CaptivePhotons 17 1.7k 2 England
28 Dec 2007 10:04PM
Where is Santa..? Somebody emailed me this, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

There are approximately two billion children under 10 in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, jehovah's Witness or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million.

At an average rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes. Presuming that there is a least one good child in each household. 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. (That's really why, it's pointless to stay up and watch for him...) 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 calculation), we are now talking about 1.25km per household; a total trip of 121.5 million kms, not counting breaks.

This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 1050kms per second - 3,000 times the speed of sound. For the purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle - the Ulysses space probe - moves at porky 44kms per second. A conventional reindeer can run (at best) 24kms per hour. The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child has nothing more than a medium sized Lego set (1kg), the Sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tonnes, not counting Santa himself.

On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 136kg (about right for Santa on his own - even more if he eats all the snacks). 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, by another 54,000 tonnes, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth, (the ship, not the monarch).

Furthermore, 600,000 tonnes travelling at 1050kms 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 vaporised 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 1050kms per second in .001 seconds, would be subjected to kinetic forces of 17,500 G's. A 115kgs Santa, (which seems ludicrously slim it must be said), would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 1957258kgs 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
NexusImages 13 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2007 10:14PM
Is someone in denial? Was somebody so naughty this year that they did not get what they put on their list?
Snapper 15 4.5k 3 United States Outlying Islands
28 Dec 2007 10:16PM
So if Santa's no longer about, who's going to manage the epz prize draw???? Sad
ZenTog 18 7.9k 1 England
28 Dec 2007 10:18PM
a dead santa might get it right for once!!!

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