TLP: No Animals Were Harmed ...

Friday, December 24, 2010 , , 4 Comments

high reindeer
So, if Santa is late this year or misses your house completely, it's probably not his fault.

The Huffington Post:
Turns out the myth of flying reindeer might not be that far from the truth: According to a piece in Pharmaceutical Journal by scientist Andrew Haynes, they (along with other animals) sometimes deliberately eat hallucinogenic fungi in order to amuse themselves during long winters.

The Sun reports:

Haynes believes reindeer deliberately seek out the mushrooms to escape the monotony of dreary long winters.

Writing in the respected Pharmaceutical Journal, Mr Haynes said: "They have a desire to experience altered states of consciousness.

"For humans a common side-effect of mushrooms is the feeling of flying, so it's interesting the legend about Santa's reindeer is they can fly."

In a slightly less appetizing tidbit, Haynes went on to say that herdsmen have been known to drink their own reindeer's urine in an effort to catch a buzz themselves.
Hey, I've been to some holiday parties where that would be an improvement.

Merry Lazy Christmas!

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


Graybeard said...

I didn't know reindeer knew how to say, "Duuuude....."..

John said...

I remember reading an article several years ago that said people in Russia would drink reindeer piss in order to trip.

So if you come across an off-brand of Russian vodka that looks like Mountain Dew and smells like ammonia . . . it might be time to watch that Alice In Wonderland DVD that has been gathering dust.

Mrs. Mop said...

You made my day, including a fabulous holiday story.


Pinky Swear said...

Merry Christmas, JDA.