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Is Santa Real? (A Scientific Analysis)




…and other Christmas mysteries answered with science!
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Happy Holidays! Ever wonder how Santa could possibly manage to deliver all those presents in a single night? Or what gives red-nosed reindeer the ability to fly? And why do your Christmas lights get tangled in knots no matter how carefully you put the away?!

Here’s some Christmas-themed science, as our gift to you. See you in 2015!

SOURCES:
Why Christmas lights tangle: “Spontaneous knotting of an agitated string” http://www.pnas.org/content/104/42/16432

Apollo 8 “Santa sighting” https://archive.org/details/Apollo8Highlights

Santa’s reindeer are probably female: http://www.livescience.com/32149-are-santas-reindeer-males.html

Reindeer hair is hollow and “buoyant” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6150798

Reindeer really do have red noses: http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e8311.full.pdf+html

Reindeer eyes change color: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/29/why-are-reindeer-eyes-golden-in-summer-but-blue-in-winter/

Santa’s challenge (check my math!): http://bit.ly/1sOW15q




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