Santa Needs to Visit 526 Million Kids on Christmas Eve and Here’s the Math Behind How He Can Pull it Off
You know what would make Christmas and Santa and presents more fun? MATH.
"The Atlantic" magazine decided to run the numbers on Santa's Christmas Eve journey, to estimate what he'll have to do to deliver presents to every Christian child in the world. Here's what they found:
There are just over 526 MILLION Christian kids under the age of 14 worldwide.
Santa will need to deliver presents to 22 MILLION kids per hour, every hour, on the night before Christmas, which is do-able thanks to the different time zones. That's 365,000 kids per minute, or 6,100 per second.
Assuming he starts at the International Date Line and heads west, his first few hours are easy as he heads through the Pacific...then it gets tough.
Assuming he can hit 6,100-kids-per-second, he'll only need about two minutes to give presents in New Zealand and 12 minutes, 30 seconds in Australia. He has another easy time zone in the Middle East, which he can cover in two minutes.
In North America, the Eastern time zone will take him two hours, 22 minutes...Central will take one hour, 47 minutes...Mountain will take just 29 minutes and Pacific will take one hour.
And after that, he gets an easy end of the nigh...between western Canada, Alaska, the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, and Samoa, he can finish up in two minutes and 12 seconds.
Every year, NORAD lets you track Santa's journey on their website. You can track him at NORADSanta.org.