How Well Do You Know Your Reindeer & Christmas Tree?

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[sponsored] Here’s a quiz to find out!  We call it “KOOL”, or “Not KOOL” which is basically, true or false.  Are you ready?  Here’s the quiz…

#1.)  Reindeer are the only animals that can see ultraviolet light.

#2.)  Reindeer are about half as large as caribou, which is why “Twas the Night Before Christmas” referred to them as “tiny reindeer.”

#3.)  Donner and Blitzen were originally known as Dunder and Blixem.

#4.)  Reindeer can run 50 miles an hour and swim six miles an hour.

#5.)  Most of a reindeer’s vital organs are poisonous to humans.

#6.)  An acre of trees on a Christmas tree farm produces enough oxygen each day for 18 people to breathe.

#7.)  One out of every 125 real Christmas trees starts a house fire.

#8.)  One out of every six real Christmas trees sold are cut-your-own.

#9.)  Early candy canes contained real mint, which meant they would spoil after about two weeks.

#10.)  Candy canes were originally given out by barbers to their customers, and the red and white stripes were supposed to look like the barber pole in front of their shop.

#1.)  Reindeer are the only animals that can see ultraviolet light.

KOOL:  It allows them to see lighter-colored things, like polar bears and urine, against a backdrop of white snow.

#2.)  Reindeer are about half as large as caribou, which is why “Twas the Night Before Christmas” referred to them as “tiny reindeer.”

Not KOOL:  Caribou and reindeer are basically the same animal, except caribou live in North America and reindeer live in Europe.

#3.)  Donner and Blitzen were originally known as Dunder and Blixem.

KOOL:  Those were the Dutch words for thunder and lightning.  They became Donner and Blitzen when translated to German.

#4.)  Reindeer can run 50 miles an hour and swim six miles an hour.

KOOL:  When they migrate, they’ve been known to travel 23 miles a day.

#5.)  Most of a reindeer’s vital organs are poisonous to humans.

Not KOOL:  Almost every organ is edible, and in Scandinavia, reindeer is sold fresh, canned, and dried.

#6.)  An acre of trees on a Christmas tree farm produces enough oxygen each day for 18 people to breathe.

KOOL:  Farms plant about 2,000 trees per acre.

#7.)  One out of every 125 real Christmas trees starts a house fire.

Now KOOL:  It’s more like one in 1,000.

#8.)  One out of every six real Christmas trees sold are cut-your-own.

KOOL:  84% are pre-cut.  16% are cut-your own.

#9.)  Early candy canes contained real mint, which meant they would spoil after about two weeks.

Not KOOL:  We just made that up.

#10.)  Candy canes were originally given out by barbers to their customers, and the red and white stripes were supposed to look like the barber pole in front of their shop.

Not KOOL:  It was always a Christmas candy, and the colors are based on religion.  The white was for Jesus’ virgin birth, and the red was for his blood.

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