LIVE from the North Pole: This is just in from Santa, a travel report from this year’s Christmas.

“It’s not physics; it’s magic” says Santa Claus.

31 –hours available for Santa to make Christmas Eve deliveries across the Earth’s 24 time zones. If he takes advantage of the Earth’s rotation.

75 million–Approximate miles Santa traveled.

650 miles per second– Approximate speed Santa travelled to serve each household with an eagerly awaiting child.

822.6–Number of homes Santa visited each second on Christmas Eve.

2,950.7 tons–Weight Santa would gain if he consumed one cookie and an 8-ounce glass of milk at each home. That’s why he usually only takes a nibble and a sip, boys and girls!

321,000 tons–Estimated weight of Santa’s sleigh assuming two pounds of toys per child.

214,200–Reindeer would need to pull that load assuming aerial reindeer can pull ten times a normal reindeer load. That’s why he makes a lot of pit stops!

17,500–G forces inflicted on Santa as he sled accelerated to 650 miles per second.

14.3 quintillion–Estimated energy, in joules, absorbed by the lead reindeer on Santa’s sleigh. We all know that is Rudolph!

0.0042–Estimated times it takes Santa and sleigh to vaporize from friction during acceleration.

Citation: Alaska Almanac


Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows