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This second engineer has one flaw in his reasoning that the first shares:
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In paragraph 2, the Engineer presents the assumption that roughly 10 children out of 35 are "good." Given my personal observations, I conclude that this would lead us to overestimate of the number of Christian households containing at least one "good" child by an order of magnitude at the absolute minimum.
In my personal experience, the antiquated custom of bad children receiving coal in their stockings has been completely overlooked - this function is included in Santa's profile, unless someone else has been subcontracted to complete said task.

In addition, these bad children tend to still wind up with some of the best toys, effectively disproving said custom. [Linked Image]

I was a good kid growing up, and I got apples and oranges in my stockings - what's up with that? [Linked Image]


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Due to the fact that the time spent in each household is so small as to make Santa invisible, perhaps we could also assume that a little cheating is going on?

By employing multiple sleighs & reindeer teams, Santa's workload could be drastically cut by sub-contracting some of the deliveries to his many elves, since no human will be able to tell who actually makes the drop.

Let's not forget that in certain lands Santa's sleigh is supposedly pulled not by flying reindeer but by six white "boomers" (kangaroos). And no, I have no intention of trying to calculate what difference that would make to the timings, speed, and payload figures for the Australian part of the run! [Linked Image]

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What kid wants a drawing of a toy with a PE stamp on it and "30% complete" in the lower right corner?
I laughed out loud. "Barring cost-over-runs expected completion is sometime in 2008. Merry Christmas, Timmy."

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Santa had gift overload and had to drop one off a day early here.
http://members.aol.com/gfretwell/newcar.jpg

We are already thinking it needs a bigger battery and larger motors, a subwoofer on the radio and xenon HID lights


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From Tony "I hate shared neutrals" B.

Perhaps it would be more accurate like this

From Tony "I never let facts get in the way of anecdotal evidence" B.

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Merry Christmas, Tony. [Linked Image]

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Methinks Tom H has waaaaaaaayyyyy too much time on his hands!! [Linked Image]

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Merry Christmas, Tony.

Right back at ya, Bob!!! [Linked Image] (I love debating with this guy!!) [Linked Image]

Tony "I knew I'd tweak Bob's tail" B. [Linked Image]


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Tony "I knew I'd tweak Bob's tail" B.

It's all good, I need that once in while.

Have great and safe year Tony. [Linked Image]


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Bob, thanks and all the best to you and your family and friends!! [Linked Image]


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The engineers perspective;
If an optimist sees the glass as half full, and a pesimist sees it half empty, how does an engineer see it??

Poorly designed !

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