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Yes, Antonia, Santa Claus is unbelievable

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By Roger Snodgrass

Not every kid is worried about how Kris Kringle can go to so many houses in the world, all in one night.

Unlike you, Antonia, my curious young friend, those kids will probably not be reading this column.

But since you asked, I have looked into the question for the most current and credible peer-reviewed description and here’s what I found.

The best explanation of Santa’s technological powers came this year from Larry Silverberg, a real-life professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University.

It’s not magic. It’s more like the ultimate in advanced science and technology.

“Santa is using technologies that we are not yet able to recreate in our own labs,” said Silverberg, who said he recently finished a six-month visiting scholar program at Santa’s Workshop-North Pole Labs.

“As the first scholar to participate in the SW-NPL program, I learned that we have a long way to go to catch up with Santa in fields ranging from aerodynamics and thermodynamics to materials science,” he said.

Silverberg did an extensive study, for example, of Santa’s sleigh, which is a deceptively retro-looking vehicle. But compared to a modern airliner, Santa’s sleigh is far more highly engineered.


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