The International Iconomy #3 Santa Claus Christmas Edition

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The International Iconomy #3 Santa Claus Christmas Edition

Born: 1773
Nationality: Eskimo (Well he does live in the Arctic)
Icon of: Christmas

It’s that time of year again, he’s making his list and checking it twice. He lives up in the North Pole in a huge toy workshop with 100s of elves and his wife of over 200 years. These elves work all year round to make toys for the good children.

In less than one month, Santa will take flight in a sleigh with his nine magical reindeer: Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Prancer, Vixen and, of course, Rudolph, who pulls the sleigh across the earth and through the sky.

Santa Claus is considerably overweight as a result of the millions of mince pies he eats and glasses of milk he drinks in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Children write letters to Santa asking him for specific toys they want. At the end of 2006 Santa received millions of the letters, and here is a list of some of the biggest contributors:

Germany (500,000)
Australia (117,000)
Austria (6,000)
Bulgaria (500)
Canada (1,060,000)
Spain (232,000)
Finland (750,000)
France (1,220,000)
Great Britain (750,000)
Ireland (100,000)
New Zealand (110,000)
Portugal (255,000)
Poland (3,000)
Slovakia (85,000)
Sweden (150,000)
Switzerland (17,863)
Ukraine (5,019)

How does Santa get down those millions of chimneys? Well, now it’s science time… Michael C. LaBarbera, a professor of organismal biology and anatomy and geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, believes that reducing the distance between molecular bonds could do the trick. There’s a lot of empty space between the nucleus of an atom and the electrons surrounding it, so moving everything closer together could potentially decrease the size of an object. The mass of the object stays the same, of course, so that may explain any loud crashes that might come from the fireplace if Santa slipped.

Let’s hope he comes down your chimneys in just over two weeks, I thank you for reading and have a very Merry Christmas.


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