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Posted: 9/29/2005 5:29:39 AM EDT

Danish Air Force Compensates Santa

The Danish Air Force said Thursday it paid 31,175 kroner ($5,032) in compensation to a part-time Santa Claus whose reindeer died of heart failure when two fighter jets roared over his farm.

The animal, named Rudolf, was grazing peacefully at the central Denmark farm of Olavi Nikkanoff, when the screaming F-16 jets passed overhead at low altitude in February.

The reindeer collapsed and died, leaving Nikkanoff with the prospect of only one animal pulling his sleigh next Christmas.

He complained to the air force, which agreed to compensate him for the cost of the reindeer and veterinary expenses.

"We got a letter from Santa complaining about his reindeer's death and looked into it seriously," said air force spokesman, Capt. Morten Jensen.

The air force checked flight data and veterinary reports and concluded the planes likely caused the animal's death.

"We're more than happy to pay if it means that children around the world will get their presents," Jensen said.

Nikkanoff said he was satisfied with the compensation and would use it to buy a new reindeer before Christmas.

Link Posted: 9/29/2005 5:32:35 AM EDT
As someone who despises Christmas, I find this thread rather charming.

But then again, I am a bastard.
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 5:34:38 AM EDT

That damn DK-Prof at it again.

Link Posted: 9/29/2005 5:37:32 AM EDT
Blame Bush!
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 5:44:42 AM EDT
When I saw the title I thought they were using them as targets.
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 6:11:37 AM EDT
Oh Yeah - git some zoomie boy!

Link Posted: 9/29/2005 2:54:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
Oh Yeah - git some zoomie boy!


As you post a picture of a Dutchman while the original post references a story in Denmark I thought I'd explain that a Dane comes from Denmark . A Dutchman comes from the Netherlands, aka Holland

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Pieten not withstanding
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 2:58:35 PM EDT
Hmmm....sounds fishy. I wonder if "Olavi Nikkanoff" is Danish for "Heywood Jablomi".
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