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When we were kids, we wondered how Santa got down the chimney, what happened with kids who didn't have a chimney and how he could be in so many places in one night. What we never wondered about was how many calories Santa consumed with all those treats.
The inquisitive founders of the Big Bank UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair worked out that, based on official population figures, there are 1.6 billion children worldwide set to be visited by Santa this year. With an average of 2.5 children per household, Santa will need to make 640 million stops on Christmas Eve. This requires visiting 5,556 homes a second and eating 150 billion calories in milk and mince pies (remember, this is a UK group and over there they leave Santa delicious pies). Hmmm...that's a lot of calories for a guy who's just sitting in a sleigh and being flown everywhere by a pack of reindeer.
Other fun Santa facts:
-Each child's presents require 31 inches of wrapping (at least!), which would stretch 1.5 million miles
-The total of all the presents would cost Santa over $450 million dollars
-Santa would consume about 34 million gallons of milk. If it's 1 percent, that's 103 calories a cup, which works out to 56 billion calories (here's hoping Santa is hitting a spin class on the 26th)