Before asking how the reindeer fly, let’s talk about my sleigh!
The elves in R&D constructed a sleigh made with ultra-thin, aluminum nanofoil, which cuts down on weight (those cookies won’t eat themselves!) and takes much of the strain off the team.
For the “rangifer tarandus” (scientific name for reindeer), we had the folks at Science-At-Home up to the North Pole for some analysis. Here’s what they came up with:
Once in the air, the reindeer need to move forward. They do this by taking advantage of a cold weather adaptation, their thick fur coat. The Flying Reindeer have developed the coat on their legs to be extremely thick and long, with dense matted inner fur and long smooth guard hairs as an outer layer. This configuration allows their legs to act as oars or paddles and they can ‘row’ through the air.
How many elves do you have?
Well, Timmy, I wouldn’t say that I “have” elves (and legally can’t since the North Pole Collective Bargaining Agreement of 2012), but in terms of staff under my employ, we’re in the range of a few thousand. I’d like to tell you more, but that is proprietary information my competitors would love to have (looking at you, E. Bunny)!
How do you visit the whole world in one night?
I use something called the space-time continuum (your elderly grandparents may remember this from the classic 1980’s movie “Back to the Future”). As we all know, in a relativistic universe, time cannot be separated from the three dimensions of space. This is because the observed rate at which time passes depends on an object's velocity relative to the observer. Also, the strength of any gravitational field slows the passage of time for an object as seen by an observer outside the field (i.e., children staying up past their bedtimes!).
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