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By the Numbers: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Happy birthday, Rudolph! The reindeer with a light-up nose just turned 80 years old. The first book featuring Rudolph, written by Robert L. May, was published in 1939. It was given to shoppers as a promotional item at Montgomery Ward department store. Ten years later, May’s brother-in-law Johnny Marks adapted the story into a song. Country singer Gene Autry recorded the song, and it hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts in December 1949.

Read on to learn more about Rudolph and actual reindeer. Then plug in the numbers to solve the equation below and reveal a final fact.

2,400,000

Smithsonian Institution/National Museum of American History

copies in the first printing of Rudolph’s story

50

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Average length in centimeters of a female reindeer’s antlers. It is the only species of deer in which the females grow antlers too!

201

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Length in meters of the sprint in the annual reindeer racing championship in Tromsø, Norway. The next race will be in February 2020.

5

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Number of TV specials and movies starring Rudolph since the first aired in 1964

1958

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Year that rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry recorded sequel song “Run Rudolph Run”

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