24 December 2010

Reindeer eat 'shrooms for the buzz, scientists say

Turns out the myth of flying reindeer might not be that far from the truth: According to a piece in Pharmaceutical Journal by scientist Andrew Haynes, they (along with other animals) sometimes deliberately eat hallucinogenic fungi in order to amuse themselves during long winters. The Sun reports: "Haynes believes reindeer deliberately seek out the mushrooms to escape the monotony of dreary long winters.  Writing in the respected Pharmaceutical Journal, Mr Haynes said "They have a desire to experience altered states of consciousness. For humans a common side-effect of mushrooms is the feeling of flying, so it's interesting the legend about Santa's reindeer is they can fly."