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My six year old accidentally let the cat out of the bag in front of my 4 year old. She said, and I quote..."Dad, santa is a mythical creature...duh."
She's been this way since 3. She's always looking for the man behind the curtain. We realized it when she sat on the easter bunnys lap for a picture and began poking about...a few seconds later--"mom, there's a man in this suit!". Loud enough for about a hundred kids to hear. We were trying espouse the virtues of a particular present to our four year old, and we told her that "santa got it for her, and it was really fun."
We've told her a dozen times that it's okay to know these things, but not to tell other kids as it ruins the fun for them of believing. I can't complain too loudly, I've always been the same way and dumped most illogical belief systems very early, but nothing like her.
Would such a loving fat happy dude punish children with coal for being bad?
While toys were a reward for good behavior, coal wasn't necessarily a punishment for misbehavior; it was a practical gift that helped ensure the child's continued warmth and well-being for at least a little while longer. The children who didn't misbehave would receive toys--either in addition to, or in place of, the coal--so they could be both warm and entertained. Then, when the coal was burned, the toy would remain; a constant reminder that not only were they loved, but that they were good children.
Way to go man...Kill the dream, after 19 years you finally made me stop believe in santy claus =(
but on a more serious note now, I totally enjoyed that little story man, friggin awesome. Like a regular standup comedian. Especially the part about the reindeer going up in flames and big fat santa being crushed into his sled because of the sheer force from his self-combusting reindeer, it's been a while since I could not stop laughing :P
The thing is, there are 410.400 tons of mass we have here.. We all agree that that is quite a large number of particles. The question is: How high is the probability that all those trillions of particles disappear and reappear at the same time at the same place? It's highly improbable that one particle appears at 2 different spots at the same time, it's even more improbable that 2 particles are at 2 different spots at the same time, and it's almost downright impossible that these 2 particles appear at the very same spot at the very same time, in the same kind of bond they were in the first position..
No more absurd than a cat being both alive or dead unless observed. Remember, the cat herself has excellent eyesight!
Or the idea that 2 parallel universes exist, that the cat is alive in one and dead in the other and one of the universes disappears when the box is opened and the state of the cat in the other remaining one is observed..
I think that the odds of a Santa Claus appearing simultaneously in every home is more likely than two identical universes.
Consider the size of the Universe. The conditions in each universe need to be exactly identical from the moment they are created. All random and quantum effects need to be identical, for each point in space, during each infinimatesimal time period. This is assuming that separate universes in a multiverse don't have any gravitational effects or electric charge on each other.
Maybe Santa Claus is actually a mad scientist who was obessed with christmas and decided to create a clone army to deliver presents to all the children's home. They all fly in these super fast stealth jets. They sneak inside, deliver the presents with just enough remaining time to eat the cookies.