Monday, December 15, 2008

The science of Santa

How does a magical being from the North Pole deliver toys to good children all around the world on Christmas? Why, with kick-ass super science that the people at NASA could only dream about:
"He exploits the space-time continuum," says Larry Silverberg, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University.

Santa's magic may go far beyond merely traveling across 200 million square miles (322 million sq km) to visit hundreds of millions of homes of believing children in just one night, Silverberg said.

"He understands that space stretches, he understands that you can stretch time, compress space and therefore he can, in a sense, actually have six Santa months to deliver the presents," Silverberg told Reuters.

"In our reference frame it appears as though he does it in the wink of an eye and in fact there have been sightings of Santa, quick sightings, and that's in our reference frame, but in Santa's reference frame he really has six months".
He also has some theories on how Santa uses nanotechnology to make toys, has a surveillance system that makes the world's top spy agencies look like rank amateurs, and has genetically engineered his own breed of super-reindeer.

The presents are nice and all, Santa, but with access to all that crazy science and technology, how about a cure for cancer? I'm sure you could find a way to knock it out during the six months of your time "reference frame" where you're not working on delivering presents.

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