Friday, December 28, 2012

The Physics of Santa Claus

Friendship Gift Postcard, Sender: Tuija Thil
Sent from Rovaniemi, Finland, Sent on 05 Sep 2012
Received on 19 Sep 2012, Traveled 8,792 km in 14 days
Fact: Santa Claus is so fat he warps space-time into a black hole and then travels from house to house through the resulting wormhole. The reason people never see him is because any light reflected off him is not able to pass the event horizon. As his energy is released in the form of Hawking radiation Santa must consume milk and cookies to assure he maintains sufficient mass, otherwise he might be seen.

Furthermore, it is a misconception that Rudolph has a red nose. His nose is actually green, but appears to be red due to the electromagnetic Doppler shift caused when the sleigh travels at such a high rate of speed away from the observer. Rudolph was once asked how this light is able to pass through the event horizon of Santa's black hole. His response, "All I can say is that's just the milky way."

I found this Santa anecdote on one of my friends Facebook wall. Of course it's just a joke but it's too amusing not to share! Pardon me folks, it's the trying hard physicist in me kicking in! 

The card by the way is from Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Happy Friday everyone! I'm jumping onto Beth's Postcard Friendship Friday page...Come on, blog hop with me!



  1. Cute Christmas card you got, Kristina ^_^ Ah, this is Claudia (Spain) from the Postcrossing group, still following you! Hope everything's going well with you.

    Have a Happy New Year, dear <3

    1. Thank you dear Claudia for continuously following me and for the well wishes. I hope the same for you! Hugs!

  2. I think what you wrote made my day! LOL Lovely postcard, too. Thank you for making me smile. ((hugs))

    Happy Holidays, and a happy PFF to you!

  3. I sure got a kick out of your post!!! thanks!

  4. Thank you for visiting my little part of the blog world. I enjoy your post so much.


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