Monday, March 03, 2014

WEIRDNESS FROM THE REAL WORLD: Finland Paints Reindeer To Prevent Accidents

In New Zealand, we have a fair few native animals running round. From Tuataras to Wetas (hence Weta Workshop - the Lord of the Rings folk), most of them get more active as the sun goes down. Over in Finland, that must be the case for the local reindeer population too, because in order to prevent the 4,000 deaths at the wheels of vehicles every year, herders are being tasked with spray-painting fur and antlers alike with reflective paint.

Now Finland shares a border with Norway, (aka the home of Thor, Odin, Loki, and Vikings), so they are not the kind of people you want to laugh at, but come on. Sure this may save a few regular folk from knocking Santa's little helpers for six across the bonnet, but how about the Star Wars fans who will drive into trees while watching lightsabers jousting on the roadside? 

See that's what sucks about this world - as soon as you fix one problem you create another. Thor with lightning looking luminescent reindeer included.

 What do you think? 


  1. Whoa- I thought I was seeing some mythical, magical fantasy beast for a second there!
    That is trippy, man!
    But if it was Norway- it would be goats... and they would be called Toothgnasher, and Toothgrinder!

  2. Nice call - probably in some parts some one will try to pass it off to tourists as an abominable snowdeer type thing King. See? Reading IADW helps avoid scams. I knew their was a benefit!

  3. Whoa. At first I was like, okay, who spiked the feed with Acid/LSD? Spray paint eh? Good idea actually. They should do that here as well. I'd seriously love to fuck with some drunks/stoners though with those deer though;)

  4. Ha - I think that would be easy enough to do too! We don't really have any antlered animals here, but that's nothing super glue won't fix.