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Rudolph Really Did Have a Red Nose! Do You Get Cold Easily?

Living 2012/12/25 13:00:00
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We all known the song, but now medical researchers say they know the answer behind Rudolph's famous red nose. You see, reindeer have a dense network of blood vessels in their noses. In fact, they have 25 percent more capillaries in their nasal architecture than humans.

Dr. John Cullen of the University of Rochester explained to MedPage Today that "in colder climates and also when they are higher up in the atmosphere pulling Santa's sleigh, the increase in blood flow in the nose will help keep the [nose's] surface warm." Researchers compared the blood vessels of two reindeer with humans. After a test with a treadmill, the reindeer's nose showed up as red (warm) in a thermographic image.



In their report, they wrote that "These results highlight the intrinsic physiological properties of Rudolph's legendary luminous red nose, which help to protect it from freezing during sleigh rides and to regulate the temperature of the reindeer's brain, factors essential for flying reindeer pulling Santa Claus' sleigh under extreme temperatures." Do you get cold easily?
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  • Cat 2013/01/01 03:46:39
    Yes
    Cat
    +1
    The older I get the more sensitive I become to heat and cold.
  • JustMe 2012/12/30 11:24:17
    Yes
    JustMe
    +1
    And to think our tax dollars are paying for this......
  • Souless In The Abyss 2012/12/30 06:11:07
    No
    Souless In The Abyss
    +1
    im German sooo, yeah kinda used to all the cold. XD
  • Wackyweirdochic 2012/12/30 06:08:47
    No
    Wackyweirdochic
    +1
    Not at all :)
    It takes a while for me to get freezing cold~
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/12/28 02:11:09
    No
    Somkey the Hores
    +1
    With fur like mine, are you kidding?
    fur kidding
  • NumberOneOtakuLove 2012/12/26 22:32:03
    No
    NumberOneOtakuLove
    +1
    My room is currently about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, I am wearing a short sleeved shirt, and I feel fine. Does that tell you anything?
  • Claudia 2012/12/26 20:18:33
    Yes
    Claudia
    +1
    Rudolph was my cutest cartoon in my childhood and continues to be clear, are part of Christmas .. which is nice Christmas.
  • thefatguy 2012/12/26 15:25:03
    No
    thefatguy
    +1
    Rudolph was diagnosed with an extreme form of bio-luminescent rosacea years ago. It has nothing to do with the cold climate at the North Pole.
  • Somkey ... thefatguy 2012/12/28 02:12:09
    Somkey the Hores
    +1
    I thought he was a graduate of clown school...
  • Ameera 2012/12/26 11:24:32
    Yes
    Ameera
    +1
    yup. im a desert baby
  • rootbeer29 2012/12/26 10:15:09
    Yes
    rootbeer29
    +1
    Raynaud's
  • joe mauro 2012/12/26 07:14:05
    No
    joe mauro
    +2
    i never get colds or sick i think its the wine and garlic and the fact that i avoid doctors
  • I NEED A HORSE 2012/12/26 06:00:55
  • calvin236 2012/12/26 05:29:30
    No
    calvin236
    +1
    I don't get very normal ones, i get the extreme ones or the worst symptoms of a cold or a flu. I don't get that sick very easily though.
  • misnomer58 2012/12/26 04:35:17
    Yes
    misnomer58
    +1
    Especially my nose and feet. Thank God for my soulmate, my own personal bed-warmer. ;}
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/12/26 04:26:18
    No
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    +1
    I'm from the good MN! I can usually last long periods of time in the cold. It's the heat that kills me!
  • heck 2012/12/26 04:07:19
    No
    heck
    +1
    I am loathe to say NO because I'm afraid then someone will stick me outside in the freezing freezing cold and I'll freeze to death.. That would be awful. But when it's just a little nippy I'm fine, esp in the house.
  • Lee 2012/12/26 03:41:32
    Yes
    Lee
    +1
    I'm always cold, and wearing hoodies all the time, even during the summer. Miffed up thyroid
  • Nikki<3 2012/12/26 03:23:51
    Yes
    Nikki<3
    +1
    I'm usually cold, even in the summer haha
  • Ramón 2012/12/26 03:22:18
    No
    Ramón
    +1
    Um. Rudolph is a myth, a character that first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May. Its fiction, like Santa. NOT real. Saint Nicholas was real, an historical figure, but Rudy and Santa? Nope. Excuse me I have to go scare little children now and take their presents. LOL.
  • Magical Mushroom 2012/12/26 00:40:47
  • CAPISCE 2012/12/25 22:31:14
    No
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Never did, I like extreme temps, cold and hot, makes me feel alive
  • addie 2012/12/25 22:13:56
    Yes
    addie
    +1
    I think I'm chilly a lot, but I like to be, it is being warn I cannot stand!
  • santa6642 2012/12/25 22:08:10
    No
    santa6642
    +1
    Wear shorts thru the winter and shovel my drive way in shorts and at ee shirt.
  • ZERO 2012/12/25 21:55:00
    Yes
    ZERO
    That would be disturbing if it was real. "Hey kids, look at Rudolph's giant, blood filled nose! Why are you crying?"
  • addie ZERO 2012/12/25 22:03:33
    addie
    +1
    It is a light, not blood, for pete's sake! lol
  • Matt 2012/12/25 21:15:48
    No
    Matt
    +3
    Hard to get joke....
    Rudolf
  • ZERO Matt 2012/12/25 21:57:42
    ZERO
    +3
    "You'll go down in history."
  • addie ZERO 2012/12/25 22:02:24
    addie
    +2
    That is good, I never would I have gotten it, lol
  • Matt ZERO 2012/12/25 22:30:30
  • kc.jacobsen.1 2012/12/21 22:13:06
    Yes
    kc.jacobsen.1
    +1
    During winter my nose is always freezing! This is really interesting, but sort of unnecessary. Rudolph is meant for the kids and this just makes things complicated! :p
  • rmullan3 2012/12/21 22:06:32
    Yes
    rmullan3
    +2
    Well, nice to hear the scientific version... I guess... and YES I feel the cold a lot.. should have been born in a warmer climate!!
    Merry Christmas everyone!!

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