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Why Rudolph's Nose is so Bright: Norway Study
The Local ^ | 18 Dec 2012

Posted on 12/21/2012 9:12:22 PM PST by nickcarraway

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's snout has been immortalised in movies, books and song. But until now, no-one has offered a scientific explanation for the glow that allows the world's most famous antlered herbivore to guide Santa's sleigh through the night before Christmas.

In a study released on Monday, researchers in Norway and the Netherlands used a hand-held microscope to examine the nasal lining of five healthy humans, two reindeer and a sixth person with a non-cancerous nasal growth.

Reindeer noses have 25 percent more blood vessels than human noses, according to the tongue-in-cheek investigation, published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in its Christmas edition.

The tiny blood vessels provide plentiful oxygen-carrying cells and help control the body's temperature, showed their findings, which were backed by an infrared image of a reindeer after exercise.

"Rudolph's nose is red because it is richly supplied with red blood cells, comprises a highly dense microcirculation, and is anatomically and physiologically adapted for reindeer to carry out their flying duties for Santa Claus," the paper observes.


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1 posted on 12/21/2012 9:12:25 PM PST by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 12/21/2012 9:17:43 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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Huh?


3 posted on 12/21/2012 9:18:31 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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So he’s have to go 39000 miles an hour. Wow. But why would Rudolph’s nose be redder than any of the other reindeer.


4 posted on 12/21/2012 9:19:17 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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The same reason the tip of any vehicle going 39,000 MPH will be hotter than anything inside the shockwave cone it creates....


5 posted on 12/21/2012 9:36:58 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule; Lazamataz; neverdem; MHGinTN; xsmommy; tioga; Texan5; secret garden; ...
But why would Rudolph’s nose be redder than any of the other reindeer.

So every time Rudolph now stops
All of the other reindeer ...
Have to stop quick or get brown-nosed ....

6 posted on 12/21/2012 9:37:06 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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But why did it glow? Glow enough to guide an airborne vehicle? I think the research is without merit. IMHO ... LOL!


7 posted on 12/21/2012 9:39:45 PM PST by doc1019
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Unless you’re Rudolph, the scenery’s always the same. :=)


8 posted on 12/21/2012 9:43:36 PM PST by Bob
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Isn't anyone going to tell them that Santa Claus and Rudolph the Reindeer are ...

Ah, forget it. They're on a roll.

9 posted on 12/21/2012 10:04:28 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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So, what do Mrs. Claus and the lady reindeer do while the boys are out Christmas Eve doing their thing?


10 posted on 12/21/2012 10:09:20 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives. "A long train of abuses and usurpations.")
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11 posted on 12/21/2012 10:19:53 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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Hmmmm? You DO know that a judge just ruled that Obama is every bit as legitimate as Santa Claus, don't you?
12 posted on 12/21/2012 10:51:06 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: JoeProBono

Rudolf Ramjet


13 posted on 12/21/2012 10:53:25 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Friction with the air at 39k mph........


14 posted on 12/21/2012 11:11:30 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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Meteors glow pretty good........


15 posted on 12/21/2012 11:13:17 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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And I always thought he was imbibing a bit to ward off the cold. Who knew?


16 posted on 12/21/2012 11:20:05 PM PST by tioga
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You’re making me believe in the Mayan calendar.


17 posted on 12/22/2012 1:19:25 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Now there’s a picture you won’t see on a Currier and Ives.


18 posted on 12/22/2012 5:03:21 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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