Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The glowing history behind Christmas's most stop-motiony character.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a fictional Christmas-time character that first appeared in 1939 as the ninth reindeer pulling Santa’s forced servitude toy-distribution sledge. Known for his glowing red nose and inability to successfully convince his co-workers to allow him to participate in common playtime activities for reindeer, he was the creation of a low-paid advertising copywriter for Montgomery Ward. …

Get to the Choppa! (Helicopters)
A brief history of vertical flight, plus, lots of accent thingys

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Helicopters are aviation devices that utilize rotating blades for lift, used primarily for transport and for dumping Bond villains into tall smokestacks. They are also used for military purposes, law enforcement, medical use, and for providing something for Arnold Schwarzenegger to point to while yelling “Get to the choppa!”. Here come those accent thingys again Although helicopters are one of …