The gender of Rudolph and his or her sleigh-hauling friends -- the subject of goofy Internet chatter every year around this time -- is now being pondered by renowned wildlife experts at Texas A & M University.
"Santa's reindeers were really females, most likely," said Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinary medicine professor specializing in deer who cites the depictions of Santa's helpers with antlers as the primary evidence. It turns out reindeer grow antlers regardless of gender, and most bulls typically shed their fuzzy protrusions before Christmas.
But Santa's sleigh helpers might also be castrated males, known as steers, said Greg Finstad, who manages the Reindeer Research Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I'm a fan of Christmas. Christmas for me is a remembrance of love, unity, and giving.
That, of course is not what others celebrate. In fact, it is so much what others don't want you to celebrate that they go out of their way to make it unpleasant for everyone.
Take Christians. If you take Christ out of the equation, then you get assholes like Pastor Fred Phelps, who wants to put up signs up in Washington that read, "Santa Claus will take you to Hell."
But hey, how about those agnostics or atheists? Well sure, they got their dickeries out in about, can't wait to prove that Christ isn't real and that the season is just a ploy to get people to spend their money yada, yada, yada.
You even have moderates who have to just analyze the shit out of every aspect of, well, everything. Case in point...
Really? Either the wildlife experts at Texas A&M are all high and have given up on trying to figure out how to make their fingers "fing", or they've got nothing better in the fucking world to do.
Out of all the things to work on, did they think that saying to a bunch of kids, "Hey, Rudolph's actually a girl. That song and that T.V. special that comes on every year are way wrong!", that this was the way to go?
Look, December 25th was used as a marking point for the winter solstice in the Julian calendar. It was later adopted as a date of significance by the Church in order to make it easier for pagans to convert.
That's it. That's the bottom line of the day. It's also a Thursday, if you want to be more specific.
Some people have chosen to make the day special for certain reasons, others have not.
I choose to be a person who has taken the day, and made it my own, and in the face of idiocy, dare to call it Christmas.
Happy Holidays folks, enjoy it. Cause honestly, life is too short to be a killjoy.