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8 Facts About Reindeer That Will Blow Your Mind

Cute babies, magical pee, and badass cold tolerance? This year, bring up reindeer facts during family Christmas dinner. You'll be glad you did.

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2. Oh, and also? Their eyes change color with the FREAKIN' SEASONS.

Via jfalkner.com

See, their eyes change from a golden green in the summer to a blue in the winter in order to help them see with the lack of sunlight. I bet YOUR EYES don't do that, do they?

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3. Reindeer are so tough that even in the summer they prefer to keep it cool.

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When grazing in their native Lapland region (the Arctic north of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Northwest Russia) reindeer tend to migrate vertically in the summer, meaning that they go up into the mountains to find cooler temperatures. When the rest of us would be thrilled to have a break from the harsh Finnish cold, reindeer have no interest in those shenanigans.

4. One of the (many) reasons they're so tough? Reindeer fur is specially designed to be as warm as physically possible.

Via livescience.com

"The hair of the reindeer is hollow, so there is air between the hairs and also inside the hair, and their winter coat is really thick," said Mari Heikkila, director of Ranua Wildlife Park in Finland, in an interview with the Associated Press.

5. Another useful fact? It's physically impossible for a reindeer to pee and walk at the same time, making them stop fairly often. This wouldn't be very exciting info except for the fact that...

...reindeer stop so regularly to pee that the Sami people (who inhabit the reindeer-full area of the world) have a term of measurement for the six-mile interval reindeer travel between pees. It is "poronkusema."

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Rumor has it, the Sami shamans would feed hallucinogenic mushrooms to reindeer, and then they would drink their urine.

Via en.wikipedia.org

The resulting high would cause them to see crazy things... things that included, but were not limited to, reindeer flying.

Another version of the story involves feeding the reindeer mushrooms then eating their meat in order to consume the hallucinogenic substance.

Via abovetopsecret.com

Whether or not any of that is accurate, it's safe to say that there are some crazy theories going on regarding shrooms, reindeer, and those Samis.

7. Regardless of mushroom involvement, one part of the Santa story is true: there needs to be a leader of the pack.

Via garylatham.co.uk

Reindeer groups migrating follow one designated leader, making Rudolph's role very necessary for the flying reindeer to move efficiently.

And so we thank the reindeer for all that they do. From consistent peeing to adorable babies, these magical creatures give us holiday joy and endless amounts of cute.

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Go forth, young reindeer lovers! Spread the word of their majesty far and wide, over many poronkusema!

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