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Science of Santa

 Posted by Christi Reynard email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Santa's performing the magical feat of delivery toys to all the good girls and boys in the world, but there's a lot of math that goes into getting all those presents delivered in a single night?

On Christmas night, Santa makes stops at over 92 million homes around the world. To get this all done in a single night, he has to move FAST.  Santa's Sleigh can achieve speeds of over 650 miles per second. That is 300 times the speed of sound, and fast enough to travel from Tucson to New York City in just over three seconds.

Not only is Santa's sleigh amazingly fast, but it can carry an enormous weight! When the sleigh is fully loaded with presents, the payload tops the scales at over 350 thousand tons, which is about the weight of four cruise ships.

To keep on the move all night, Santa takes eats a lot of cookies, if he eats two cookies at each house he visits, by the end of the night he will have had about 184 million tasty treats and enough milk to fill ten Olympic sized swimming pools.

So how does Santa do all of this in one crazy night? Magic, of course.

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