Rudolph’s Red Nose: The Mystery is Revealed


Rudolph“C’mon, guys … it’s a nasal microvascular thing!” We’re all familiar with the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: an outcast, ridiculed for his glowing nose, chosen by Santa himself to guide the iconic sleigh across the world and deliver presents to millions of children. It’s an uplifting, Christmas-time staple. But why was Rudolph’s nose so red in the first place? According to handful of Dutch scientists, he was just overheated. The group published a report on Tuesday, appropriately titled “Microcirculatory investigations of nasal mucosa in reindeer Rangifer tarandus (Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Cervidae): Rudolph’s nose was overheated,” that claims the reindeer’s illuminating schnoz was the result of hyperthermia.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit


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