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Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 219, Christmas Edition.

Question 1

On average, how many calories will the British consume on Christmas day?


  • 6000 calories, and its not the compulsory roast that is to blame, most Brits will have consumed a days worth of calories by mid-day prior to the first cracker being pulled. For example, by consuming: Quality Streets or equivalent chocolates, mince pies, alcohol, crisps and nuts.
  • The equivalent calories can be consumed by eating:
    • 118 chicken nuggets,
    • 26 doughnuts,
    • 12 Big Macs,
    • 22 pork pies,
    • 55 two-finger Kit-Kats,
    • 32 slices of pizza,
    • 53 bags of Quavers,
    • 131 Jaffa Cakes.
  • You could consume the above guilt free by going on an 8 hours run or 21.5 hour walk on boxing day [Reference]


Question 2

How fast does Father Christmas need to fly in order to reach all the good children in the world?


  • According to Arnold Pompos of Purdue University, Santa would have to travel a total of 160,000,000km – further than the distance from the Earth to the Sun – to visit 200 million children.
  • He would have about 10 hours, from 8pm to 6am, to deliver the presents. Luckily, children happen to be spread across a wide range of time zones, buying Santa an additional 24 hours.
  • Even so, covering this distance in 34 hours is certainly no mean feat. Crunching the figures, we get a speed of 4,705,882km/h, far slower than the speed of light, but still fast enough that the air resistance is likely to vaporise Santa, along with all the children’s gifts… if he wasn’t riding a magic sleigh. [Reference]

Question 3

What could Father Christmas look like (according to the TAC in Victoria, Australia) in order to best survive a sleigh crash?


Question 4

How many babies are born on Christmas Day?


  • Usually, on average about 220,000 babies are born each day but on Christmas day only about 172,000 babies are born
  • More babies are born on a Tuesday than any other day – except if Tuesday falls on Christmas day.
  • But the Christmas holiday is special for another reason: most babies are born in August and September meaning that more babies are conceived during Christmas season than at any other time. [Reference]

Question 5

What did this woman react to over the Christmas period?


  • Colophonium, the sticky substance from pine and spruce after she decorated her Christmas tree.
  • In a European study from 2015, up to 2% of adolescents were affected and a Canadian study from 1970 thought up to 7% of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms or allergies might be Christmas tree related. [Reference]

…and finally

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 219
Neil Long

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