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You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen—Comet, and Cupid, and Donner, and Blitzen. But can you recall, the most plausible reindeer of all?
In North America, reindeer are commonly referred to as caribou, and reside in Alaska and Canada, with no populations in the continental U.S. This probably explains why many Twitter folks are just now realizing that reindeer are, in fact, real.
Who thinks they're stupid? Yeah?... I just found out reindeer are real. Pretty sure I'm the stupid one.— Wiz Keℓℓeyfa (@Hottkoolaid) December 15, 2016
This random Twitter search comes courtesy of writer Aaron Cohen in a tweet from nearly half a decade ago.
If you look through this Twitter search, you can see all the people just realizing reindeers are real. http://t.co/iXDCHNhv— Aaron Cohen (@UnlikelyWords) December 20, 2012
Yes, yes, the plural of reindeer is actually reindeer, though Dictionary.com finds reindeers permissible for the plural.
Though the original tweet is almost four years old to the day, much has remained the same on the topic of “Reindeer: Fact or Fiction?” Another year, another holiday season during which young and old alike learn, or more likely are reminded, that reindeer and elves do not share the property of mythical creature.
reindeer are real?!— Felix Jean Carlos (@felixjc94) December 19, 2016
You guys reindeers are actual real animals and not fictional Christmas animals as I previously thought 1 minute ago. pic.twitter.com/KJbBVo8XqH— Rusol Yasin (@RusolYasin) December 8, 2016
I canny get over how reindeers are real, I thought they were a mythical creature— NicoleCampbell (@Nicocampbellx) December 6, 2016
Jesse: LOL, reindeers aren't real, I know that.— ~hey demons, its me~ (@fconvicted) December 5, 2016
Gabe: .... Jesse reindeers are real. They just can't fly.
I actually can’t get my head around the fact that reindeers are real????
— emily (@3milyxchubs) December 4, 2016
I still can’t believe reindeers are real;always presumed they were mythical like unicorns or dragons
— Maia Lowerson (@maialowersonx) November 22, 2016
Each Christmas season I can't remember if reindeer are real or not— Susanna Reynolds (@lasusannaaa) December 18, 2016
For the record, this is not an opinion that is up for debate. The reality of reindeer is a cold, hard fact, despite what any Twitter pollsters allege.
To settle a debate, are reindeers real?— liv (@livvystuartt) November 27, 2016
Are reindeers real???? @AlecB87DP— marina (@marinamagsayo) December 4, 2016
Are reindeers real?— Nur (@nurmeanslightt) October 19, 2016
Are reindeer real?— Megan Amend (@megan_amend98) December 15, 2016
So we can all jump on the “shook” bandwagon with relative ease, but we have somehow taken years to figure this whole reindeer thing out?
i just found out reindeers are actually real. i’m shOoK
— edwin (@edwincarranzac) December 17, 2016
WAIT IM SO SHOOK I JUST FOUND OUT REINDEERS ARE REAL— eggleen (@edleensuh) December 13, 2016
OH MY GOD REINDEERS ARE REAL ANIMALS I DIDN'T KNOW THAT I'm shook pic.twitter.com/11rKeVQ0ZL— b (@becareimal) December 4, 2016
Nobody told me reindeers are real bruh y'all got me shook— King Hala (@okayhala) December 16, 2016
Perhaps unexplainable for the amount of technology we have in the second decade of the 21st century, it would appear a handful of these reindeer truthers are young adults.
Out of my 17 years of existence, today I found out that reindeer are real— elisa (@_elisamorris) December 16, 2016
Only taken me 19 years to realise that Reindeers actually are real...— Izz (@IzzyLee_) December 16, 2016
How have I gone 19 years without knowing reindeers are real
— gb (@Georger__) December 12, 2016
it's taken Beth 20 years to realise reindeers are real... At least she learnt one thing from uni— harriet (@harrietm29) December 1, 2016
22 years later and I find out reindeers are real. Who knew— Jodie (@JodieRobson) November 29, 2016
My twenty year old sister only just realised that reindeers are real creatures— megan (@redvelvetswift) November 27, 2016
It took me 18 years to realise that reindeers are in fact real and not mythical creatures for Christmas stories like I had believed— teale (@tealereynolds) November 15, 2016
Or please, somebody just build us a Twitter bot that responds to the phrase “are reindeer(s) real,” and tweet us our of our misery, already.
As if reindeers are real wtf— Beth ✨ (@bethabson) December 4, 2016
are reindeers real— sam☔️ (@flxwergal) December 2, 2016
i got a question twitter, are reindeer real animals?— JM (@JardynMichelle) December 18, 2016
are reindeer real ?
— n (@punchdrnk) December 17, 2016
That’s it—Santa is getting y’all Encyclopedia Britannica online subscriptions for Christmas. Every single last damn one of you.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.