The holiday season is upon us, and while the world waits with bated breath for Santa Claus to spread joy and deliver gifts to millions of children, one scientist suggests that jolly old St. Nick might need to upgrade his sleigh to something a bit more high-tech. Humberto Saint-Martin Posadas, a researcher at the Institute of Physical Sciences of the UNAM, claims that Santa would have to travel at the speed of light or use quantum teleportation to make it to every child's home in a single night. Move over reindeer, Santa's sleigh might need a warp drive!
Posadas breaks down the logistics of Santa's worldwide gift delivery mission. According to his calculations, crossing a country the size of Mexico, from Tapachula to Tijuana (approximately 3,000 kilometers), would require Santa to zoom at the speed of light, taking a mere 100 seconds, provided he doesn't make pit stops for milk and cookies along the way. However, if we're talking about hitting the major state capitals, Santa would need to zip through each one in a mere three seconds, assuming they are conveniently aligned like twinkling stars at night.