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How Do Reindeer Fly?

Christmas Mushroom

… and how can Santa Claus visit every house, go down chimneys, leave toys, all over the world in one night?

One of the answers is found on European Christmas trees.

Read about Finland’s version of the Julbock, Joulupukki.

Note: Don’t try this at home unless you have the kidneys of a reindeer. It also explains why gnomes are so cheerful. [This is one of my most searched for posts, almost as big as the Shi’ia oil map, or the Alaska-Russia border. It is a bit disconcerting to see the number of people around the world whose interests are as weird as mine.]

4 comments

1 jams O'Donnell { 11.30.09 at 3:36 pm }

Ah good old fly agaric?
.-= last blog ..L Ron Hubbard gets the bum’s rush and not a blue plaque =-.

2 Bryan { 11.30.09 at 4:08 pm }

It beats looking for ergot on rye grains, and Amanita muscaria [fly agaric] was used by all of Germanic, Celtic, and Uralic tribes as part of their belief system which is why it is a common Tannenbaum ornament in Germany, coming from the old belief system.

A “trip” in every morsel, if not every morel 😉

3 Badtux { 11.30.09 at 5:30 pm }

The correct answer is magic.

Don’t fuck with Santa.

— Badtux the Easily Amused Penguin

4 Bryan { 11.30.09 at 5:35 pm }

If you give them a few of those mushrooms the “magic” will definitely take over. Reindeer are resistant to the poison that makes humans sick all over everything in a 5 meter radius.