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Now We Know Why Rudolph's Nose Is Red

Dec 18, 2012 -- 6:03am

I guess this is what scientists do when everyone's already kinda mentally checked out for the year, and there's no real work to do.

 

--A new study published in the "British Medical Journal" by scientists from Norway and the Netherlands figured out why Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a red nose.  Seriously.

 

--They've determined it's because it has an exceptional flow of red blood cells.  They help prevent freezing, regulate his brain temperature, and make him the ideal candidate to pull Santa's sleigh under extreme cold temperatures.

 

--They found the average reindeer has a 25% higher density of red blood cells in its nose than a human.  And Rudolph's concentration must've been even higher than that.

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