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Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος , Agios Nikolaos, "victory of the people") (270 - December 6, 346) is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra (in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and is now commonly identified with Santa Claus.St. Nicholas
WASHINGTON, DC - Santa Claus has a lot in common with the United States Postal Service. Santa's customer satisfaction levels directly relate to consistent, on-time delivery. Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night keeps Santa and his dedicated helpers from providing joy at millions of homes the world over. While Santa's been doing it a bit longer than the Postal Service, for more than two centuries he's relied almost exclusively on U.S. Postal Service letter carriers to bring him letters from girls and boys all across America.USPS
The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site is the form of a public relations program by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Every year for over fifty years on Christmas Eve NORAD has told stories of how their powerful tracking systems such as the Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) detected Santa Claus leaving the North Pole to deliver his presents.Wiki
My opponent offers you hopes and dreams.
The mathematician Ian Stewart of Warwick University in England says that ''reindeer have a curious arrangement of gadgetry on top of their heads which we call antlers and naively assume exist for the males to do battle to win females. This is absolute nonsense. The antlers are actually fractal vortex-shedding devices. We are talking not aerodynamics here, but antlaerodynamics.'' This phenomenon arises on the wingtips of a Concorde, but it is only apparent on antlers at very high velocity. However, in order to deliver all the presents, the reindeer are forced to fly at speeds of 6,000 times the speed of sound, far in excess of the speed required for antlers to generate lift. time.com
I would like to see my opponent name "santa's reindeer" (in inverted comma's in order to negate the obvious ploy that sdog would try and use) and appraise us of their characteristics - after all, there must be some evidence of them.
I further submit that my opponent will now obfuscate, procrastinate and generally try and muddy the waters.
I submit that at least 2 of santa's reindeers were nazi's
leap (lp) v. leaped or leapt (lpt, lpt), leap·ing, leaps v.intr.
. To spring or bound upward from or as if from the ground; jump: leaped over the wall; salmon leaping upriver.
1. Of or relating to aviation:
2. Capable of or engaged in flight:
Other than the grammatical error, could you please elaborate on your statement, the children are all ears.
Lest we forget, the title of this debate is “Santa's Reindeer Are Real And They Fly Too"
In the title, I direct your attention to the word FLY
Nowhere in the title is extended leaping mentioned.
An adult reindeer weighs between 130 and 700 lbs, depending on the sex and the time of year - in the autumn males are heaviest.
So in Santa's alleged team of flying reindeer of eight, the maximum weight would be around 5,600 lbs.
In the original poem about alleged santa's reindeer, the names of two of the reindeer were "Dunder" and "Blixem"
These names were later changed to "Donner" and "Blitzen" or thunder and lightning - a clear reference to the nazi blitzkrieg strategy of warfare, and the nazi iconography of twin lightning bolts on SS uniforms.
You are a very silly man.
The same way that ants are built to carry a formidable load, baby Jesus built them that way.
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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Assists Santa Claus.
BETHESDA, Md.— This holiday season, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) again offered its expertise to one very special customer -- Santa Claus. After being overwhelmed by a growing world demand, Santa approached NGA and asked for help to streamline his Christmas Eve deliveries. “You helped me out last year and I need some new routes that will let me move around the world quickly and efficiently,” he said.
NGA combined satellite imagery with its map and chart making expertise to upgrade a digital navigation system that focused on Santa’s problem. Called NGA TOY DELIVERY SYSTEM X-100, this specialized geospatial intelligence product was specifically formatted to let Santa create quick and easy routes around the globe. Since its development in 2006, NGA has made several enhancements to the system, resulting in increased speed and accuracy.www.nga.mil.
RALEIGH (AP) -- Gov. Mike Easley has temporarily lifted the ban on importing reindeer into North Carolina and has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to keep the skies clear over the state on Christmas Eve.
Easley is keeping with holiday tradition to make sure Santa Claus and his flying reindeer will be able to visit North Carolina to deliver gifts for Christmas.
Easley granted a temporary reprieve to flying reindeer beginning on Christmas Eve and lasting through early Christmas morning.wway3
FAA Clears Santa's Flight Plan
Inspectors find Clause fit to engage in interstate air transportation
Kris Kringle, d.b.a Santa Claus, got the green light today from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to engage in air travel to various points throughout the United States the night of Dec. 24-25.
An order granting a flight certificate and signed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater said that Santa Claus was "exceptionally fit, as well as joyfully willing and uniquely able to engage in the interstate air transportation for which he has requested a certificate." The Secretary added that Santa has a 100 percent on-time arrival record, having never failed to deliver all of his toys by Christmas morning.
The applicant notes that his operating proposal will meet the air service requirements of countless small communities, and also will serve the major transportation hubs in all regions.
Santa Claus also told DOT that his sleigh will be powered by eight tiny reindeer, with the addition of a possible ninth reindeer with a special air navigation warning light in its nose, in the event of fog or heavy snow.usgovinfo