By some estimates, Santa has to travel 3,000 times faster than the speed of sound to deliver billions of gifts in one night. So it's not surprising that even he needs to log some time in a sleigh simulator.

Between dealing with the elf union, keeping track of who's been naughty or nice, and maintaining his jolly physique—Santa doesn't have time to install his own simulator. So he instead borrowed some time on the Universal Motion Simulator in the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research at Australia's Deakin University.

For a man who only really works one night a year, he's cutting things a little close. But I'm sure all he needs is a few hours to get used to the G-forces so that bowl full of jelly in his belly doesn't end up all over his beard. [YouTube via Automaton]