Thursday, December 15, 2011

Santa by the numbers

So, just how does Santa Claus deliver the goods to every Christian soul under age 14 on the Night before Christmas? I mean, we're talking about one bearded dude with a limited-capacity sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. Sounds a tad impractical. But -- no worries, kids. Writing for The Atlantic, Philip Bump (yes, that's his real name) does the math: "There are just over 526,000,000 Christian kids under the age of 14 in the world who celebrate Christmas on December 25th. In other words, Santa has to deliver presents to almost 22 million kids an hour, every hour, on the night before Christmas. That's about 365,000 kids a minute; about 6,100 a second. Totally doable."

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