Monday, December 21, 2009


...of sorts. Some of you have seen this as I mailed out to those on my holiday mailing list.

For this holiday season, we have a quiz/joke:
What are the names of Santa’s ten (yes, 10) reindeer?
Surely you know some.

Well, let’s see. There’s Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen. And then there’s Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.

Very good. That’s 8 of the 10.

Two more?

Two more. Think Gene Autry.

Um, ... Oh! Rudolph!

Of course. Now one more. Stick
with Rudolph.

What? I don’t get it.

Think of the song. This is a bit tricky.

I don’t know. I give up.


Olive? Where do you get Olive?

Right there in the song. “Olive the other reindeer used to laugh
and call him names...”

We wish you the happiest of holiday
seasons, and we will
ring out the old,
and welcome the new year!

Now for some updates. I just read that it isn't Donner, but Donder.
Did any of you see the Dear Abby column wrote in about reindeer? It seems that reindeer are the only species of deer where both the males and females have antlers. Furthermore, the males lose their antlers with the coming of winter. So all of Santa's reindeer must be girls. Which would make Olive correct.

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