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Swedish Experts Warn of Speedy Santa

Published tisdag 4 december 2007 kl 10.10
Santa makes a stop in Stockholm

In what will make worrying reading for Santa in the run-up to this year’s Christmas rush, Swedish experts have calculated that he will have less than a second in each child’s household throughout the world to deliver parcels.

In a further blow to Santa, the Swedish engineering consultancy group has worked out that for the most effective gift delivery, he will have to start his epic run from Kyrgyzstan, rather than his home town in the North Pole.

The group told the AFP news agency that Santa, who also goes by the name Father Christmas, now faces 2.5 billion house calls, assuming that children of all religious denominations have behaved themselves sufficiently well to receive presents.

The group adds that Santa must adopt a nimble delivery technique, as he has only 34 microseconds in each household.

Rudolf and the rest of Santa’s reindeer will presumably have more than just red noses, as according to the researchers they must reach speeds of up to 5,800 kilometers per second to make the round the world trip on time.

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