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The Physics of Santa

Frequent Flyer B
Is this podcast timely? Yes. Accurate? Well, I really don't know. Some years ago an unknown group or individual with seemingly too much time on their hands decided to apply their math and physics skills to Santa and his reindeer. Easy enough. Just run the numbers and report it.

For instance one part of this podcast reports: 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).

The research staff at Red Belly Radio was unable to track down an exact date or author(s) of this work. Although in one case, a web site credited faxing (remember that?) to its first form of distribution, which could predate the World Wide Web. Many people do not know that the Internet existed before the Web. It originally connected military installations and later universities, so my guess would be that some math and/or physics majors knocked this out one night after a few libations and not our military who were busy keeping us safe.

As for the facts, I have not verified them. Now, lest anyone think the numbers read in this podcast are real I offer this: If I tried, I don't think I could have ever gotten to these numbers. And the fact that I could probably have never get there, pretty much assures I will never check to see if it is correct. The RBR research department could not find any rebuttals or re-calculations of this early effort. BTW, the research department I credit is me doing a Google search. It is all in fun, please enjoy. Happy holidays.

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