Running of the Reindeers


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Pamplona, Spain, has the famous Running of the Bulls. There are no bulls in Anchorage, Alaska, so they have to make do with reindeers. Here's the story from last week's running of the reindeers called "Fur Rendezvouz":

The animals proved more than game, defying predictions that they would be too domesticated and docile to put on a good show.

Starting in the middle of the street behind several rows of runners, they built speed quickly. After less than a block, they were weaving through people like ski racers on a slalom course. By the time they neared the finish line -- where two "bait" reindeer stood, plus trailers filled with treats and straw -- they were moving fast and looking almost manic.

Tom Williams, who runs the Williams Reindeer Farm in the Butte and brought a dozen of his best beasts for the show, wasn't surprised.

"They make their living outrunning wolves," he said.

http://www.adn.com/furrondy/story/325213.html (with videos) - via Intelligent Travel


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You want proof that plural of "reindeer" is "reindeer"? Check the lyrics for "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer";

... All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say,
"Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
Then all the reindeer loved him
And they shouted out with glee...

Try singing that with "reindeers" instead. Sorry, but it just sounds wrong, in a song or in a sentence.
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ooh, here in albuquerque, we should have a running of the lobos...or is this running-of-the thing strictly limited to herbivores? picture it! wolves running like crazy, and people running like crazy to avoid getting rabies!
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