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OK, had to amend this question several times to avoid arguments with some math and physics diehards.

SO my simplified question is:

We all have time restrictions placed on our caching adventures...be it work, family, whatever. I think santa is the ultimate geocacher. His reindeer and sleigh will definately get him within6m of any cache (stocking or tree) but once on the premises, he does have to search the immediate area to find the exact place he is to leave his trinkets.

I was wondering, how many hours santa has available to visit all the good girls and boys around the world.

If you want to throw in your opinion about how far he must travel or how fast he must travel, feel free.

assuming he only drops presents at night (say 12am-6am) in any given time zone, then I'd say 30 hours, one hour for each time zone plus six hours buffer in case something comes up.

OK, had to amend this question several times to avoid arguments with some math and physics diehards.

That little bit above got me thinking about this some more. It occured to me that if he travelled at the speed of light, he would have as long as he wants because time would stand still (as described by the famouns quote "a moving clock runs slower").

It occured to me that if he travelled at the speed of light, he would have as long as he wants because time would stand still (as described by the famouns quote "a moving clock runs slower").

And then from his frame of reference, he wouldn't have to travel anywhere at all either.

Faster Than Light travel is all nice and dandy, but what about stopping, inertia would turn that huge load of gifts in the back into a potato smasher (maybe even worst.) for Santa.

Faster Than Light travel is all nice and dandy, but what about stopping, inertia would turn that huge load of gifts in the back into a potato smasher (maybe even worst.) for Santa.

No one said anything about FASTER than light ...that would be impossible .

No one said anything about FASTER than light ...that would be impossible .

Not according to the laws of physics. It is simply crossing the light barrier that is a no-no.

I think the answer has to do with the rotation of the earth. So, if Santa starts at the prime meridian at a certain time (pick a starting time as it wasn't given), and he needs to finish at a certain time (not given), how much time does he have? If he travels east he has less than 24 hours, if he travels west he has more.

Faster Than Light travel is all nice and dandy, but what about stopping, inertia would turn that huge load of gifts in the back into a potato smasher (maybe even worst.) for Santa.

No one said anything about FASTER than light ...that would be impossible .

I dissagree, something somewhere has to give, there are simply to many homes to visit is such a short time, we are talking fractions of a seconds per households, so therefore he does travel faster than light, or has access to some other mean of dysfunctioning time.

Yes, tachyonic speed seems to be necessary. That link will also lead you to the famous "Physics of Santa Claus" page.

go men go! Now you know why it took so long to post and then I had to simplify my question

appears that interest has fizzled on this one so must give it to shearzone. The answer we had was 34 hours as you started at midnight whereas we started at 8:00 pm figuring the good little ones would be asleep by then.

anyhow, your turn shearzone!

appears that interest has fizzled on this one so must give it to shearzone. The answer we had was 34 hours as you started at midnight whereas we started at 8:00 pm figuring the good little ones would be asleep by then.

anyhow, your turn shearzone!

I don't think interest fizzled. It was unclear what you meant by "go men go". To me it sounded like you were passing the question on but not saying who got it. Anyway, here's my question:

Over the history of the earth, the supercontinent cycle has run its course several times. In other words, the continents have assembled and disassembled many times. Supercontinents have been shown to be a contributing factor to global cooling by changing major atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns. Examples of past supercontinent are Rodinia and Gondwanaland. Name the last supercontinent. Bonus points if you can name how long it existed and when it broke up.

Fortress of Solitude?

pangea

ps sorry about the confusion on the earlier question ..it was meant as encouragement to duke out things far beyond my scope.

pangea

you got it! The next supercontinent will likely occur when the Pacific Ocean closes and the western Americas collide with eastern Asia. Needless to say, it will be a while before that happens. Your question HFR.

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pangea

you got it! The next supercontinent will likely occur when the Pacific Ocean closes and the western Americas collide with eastern Asia. Needless to say, it will be a while before that happens. Your question HFR.

Ya! but just think how convenient it will be to get chinese food! I CAN'T WAIT!

thinking about heading out caching, I gather my gear and see this...

what is it?

weather indicator

what is it?

Not compatible with the Metric system, that's for sure!

Now where did I put my Fahrenheit conversion table...

TOMTEC

Its a weather symbol alright. This shows the temperature 45 (in Fahrenheit), the point at which water in the air will condense, 29 F, aka dewpoint, and the fact the sky is overcast. I think the leg is wind direction and speed, but I don't know how to interpret this. There may be more in here too but 045 would be too low for a barometric pressure reading which is usually around 100kpa.

Was I the closest??

Its a weather symbol alright. This shows the temperature 45 (in Fahrenheit), the point at which water in the air will condense, 29 F, aka dewpoint, and the fact the sky is overcast. I think the leg is wind direction and speed, but I don't know how to interpret this. There may be more in here too but 045 would be too low for a barometric pressure reading which is usually around 100kpa.

Was I the closest??

I believe you are...

The pressure reading is actually in millibars, so 045 would equate to 1004.5 mb or 100.45 kPa (convenient eh?) The leg shows that the wind is coming from the SSE, but I'm not sure on the speed. Be sure you pack your umbrella for the rain though...

TOMTEC

Ah, so the "spit" coming out of the stick-man's mouth is rain?

Ah, so the "spit" coming out of the stick-man's mouth is rain?

He he yep, 2 dots, so light rain.

I wonder how long it will be until we see the dots replaced by x's?

TOMTEC

thinking about heading out caching, I gather my gear and see this...

what is it?

I'm guessing it is to proceed at an aximuth of 045 degrees from north and to expect a slope between 29 and 45 degrees.

I'm guessing it is to proceed at an aximuth of 045 degrees from north and to expect a slope between 29 and 45 degrees.

Hmm, it could also be a fancy road sign...

Maximum Speed 45Mph

Minimum Speed 29Mph

Divided Highway Ends

Keep left and watch for the roundabout in 045 yards.

TOMTEC

Ah, so the "spit" coming out of the stick-man's mouth is rain?

I was thinking it might have been something he ate.

I thought it was a diagram from a phasor manual showing how to stun a big-headed alien.

I'll give this one away to tomtec. Wind speed is 15-20 mph.

I guess I should find a metric system one but I have such a hard time with this technology...needed step by step help to get image posted as it was!

I'll give this one away to tomtec. Wind speed is 15-20 mph.

Ok, I guess... I never said what it was, I only explained how to read it!

Here's an easy one... There are a number of caches hidden in Thornton Bales Conservation Area, (near Newmarket, Ontario) know locally as The 99 Steps. The exact number of steps is in perpetual change (due to erosion, vandalism and ongoing maintenance) so, how many steps were there as of last weekend?

TOMTEC

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Wild guess ... 90

I'm going with 103 this time

guess 99

I'm going with 103 this time

Lower

guess 99

Higher

TOMTEC

101

101

Well, the guesses are getting narrower. 102

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100

101.5?

Well, the guesses are getting narrower. 102

You got it!

Though now that I think about it, one of the steps is broken, (but functional) so QuigleyJones deserves an honourable mention for his guess of 101.5!

TOMTEC

Actually, I recently vandalized a dozen of those steps and the beavers got to another six, so the right answer is 84.

(just in case it wasn't patently obvious, I'm kidding!)

Well, the guesses are getting narrower. 102

You got it!

Though now that I think about it, one of the steps is broken, (but functional) so QuigleyJones deserves an honourable mention for his guess of 101.5!

TOMTEC

Thanks TOMTEC. Pondering a question for the thread now.....

Thanks TOMTEC. Pondering a question for the thread now.....

Hey NP! Over yonder, are ye done the ponder?

The suspense is killing us .

Thanks TOMTEC. Pondering a question for the thread now.....

Hey NP! Over yonder, are ye done the ponder?

The suspense is killing us .

Although Winter may not seem like it is upon us, we are entering an interesting time of the year for geocachers. We are unique in that we will deliberately leave a hiking trail in search of our Tupperware. While this is not a problem in the summer time - Winter poses an often forgotten risk: Snow covers water, and almost all of us know at least one cacher that discovered this the hard way.

In Canada, water below what temperature is defined as cold water (that could induce hypothermia)?

10C ?

(isn't it sort of time-dependent, though ?)

10C ?

(isn't it sort of time-dependent, though ?)

Nope. And not time-dependent either. This is the water temperature, not the air temperature

*shines spiffy new dart*

5 degrees?

Hypothermia is when the body's core temp drops below 35 deg C. So I am thinking any water colder than 35 can cause that. The colder the quicker.

Edited by Keith Watson

*shines spiffy new dart*

5 degrees?

*pulls a dart out of a patron's chair*

Nope. Still to early for the hints.....

well anything below 98.6 F would start lowering the body temperture which I believe is the definition of hypothermia. so I'm going to go with

25-30 degrees C.

well anything below 98.6 F would start lowering the body temperture which I believe is the definition of hypothermia. so I'm going to go with

25-30 degrees C.

Real close....

Random guessing, 1, 7, 3, 15, 12, 4, 18, 11. Am I getting close?

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