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13 Santa Used To Be Thin And Didn’t Always Have A Beard
One of the most iconic images at Christmas time is the unmistakeable image of Santa. Dressed in his red suit, he is quite the fat bearded man. But this has not always been the case. Prior to the 19th century Santa Clause was actually thin and had no beard. As with many characters and events, they undergo an almost constant evolutionary process, and the jolly fat man is no exception.
In the 17th century Dutch settlers brought Santa to the Americas. The version of Santa they introduced was of the typical Dutch winter figure Sinterklaas. This early version of Santa Claus was tall, thin, dignified and had no beard. It was a completely alien image to what we are now used to. So if he was thin and had no beard, what happened to him?
Well, you can rest assured that he didn’t go on a bender or have a mid life crisis. We can thank artist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast who added a beard and excessive obesity to Santa in the Harper’s Weekly late in the 19th century.
14 Which Is Greener? A Real Or Fake Christmas Tree?
The simple answer is the real Christmas tree is greener for the environment than the fake one. A firm in Montreal conducted one of the most in depth studies ever to determine the green credentials or real verses fake. In the study they took into account things such as the greenhouse emissions used in production of both, and the expected lifetime of fake trees. Their conclusion was that for a fake tree to be more environmentally friendly than a real tree it would need to be used at least twenty years in a row. Given the fact that most people would not keep a tree for that length of time it makes a real one a better option.
But to use a real Christmas tree means that it will need to be cut down, right? It sure does. But, the vast majority of Christmas trees are grown as crops and harvested for the purpose of the festive season. Once the tree has been harvested a new batch is planted in its place ready for future use, which has another useful environmental outcome. While the tree is growing it is storing carbon and combating the effect of global warming.
15 How Fast Does Santa Travel And How Does He Fit In Chimneys?
As Santa is travelling at nearly the speed of light points of reference change. Imagine looking at the chimney, both from your point of view and that of Santa’s. Focus on the front and the rear of the chimney. From our point of view as Santa is going so fast he squashes down in appearance, to be much thinner than the chimney. This is because we see both the front and rear of the chimney at the same time. However, from his perspective he is wider if he sees both the front and rear of the chimney at the same time, and he won’t fit. But don’t worry about this because Santa won’t see both the front and rear of the chimney at the same time. As he sees the front he will begin to enter. When he sees the rear it will allow him to slide down and deliver the presents.
If this is a little confusing, Fermilab actually have tables and diagrams to help explain it in the source below.