Reindeer aren’t native to Alaska. Sheldon Jackson purchased them from Siberia to help with the food shortages in the late 1800s. He brought in 16 and by the late 1930s there were 640,000.
Reindeer herds being raised for meat in Norway still need to be tested for radioactivity due to fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. Reindeer that are too radioactive to eat are released into the wild.
During WWII a fully grown Reindeer lived on a British submarine, ate a navigation chart and got so fat that it couldn’t get back out.
The Sami people of Northern Finland have a unit of measurement called the ‘poronkusema‘ – the distance a reindeer can walk before needing to urinate.
Reindeer love to eat psychedelic mushrooms, may get high off of them, and that this could be the origin of the flying reindeer myth.