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The physics of Santa's trip around the planet

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Santa's workload has increased dramatically as the world's population of children has grown; the sleigh's Christmas journey to all the "good" girls and boys is now producing some astounding physics stats. Who would have thought that his elves were in reality rocket scientists who can shame NASA? Santa's sleigh is nearly 209 times faster than the Apollo X1 rocket at top speed and 6,095 times faster than Felix Baumgartner's supersonic free-fall. Thankfully, the folks at NORAD can keep up with him! Where are the Guinness World Record people when you need them? In case you're wondering, see here for a breakdown of Santa's carbon footprint.

Bah, Humbug!

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— By on December 21, 2012, 7:24 AM PST

David Worthington

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David Worthington has written for BetaNews, eWeek, PC World, Technologizer and ZDNet. Formerly, he was a senior editor at SD Times. He holds a business degree from Temple University. He is based in New York. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure