I am not sure whether I am the only one noticing this, but if you have a look at the bottom of the Winter Bash page, there is one massive reindeer on the left and one tiny unicorn to the right.


Sure, you might claim, that the reindeer is in the foreground while as the unicorn is in the background, thus appearing to be smaller in comparison.

So what about this:


Not sure what to look at? Lemme point it out:


Looks like the unicorn is the same size as a snowflake. If snowflakes the size of me starts falling from sky, I would definitely go into hiding. But that's not point.

Also I could be the only one who thinks the whole Winter Bash page is a bit ... dark. So I added a bright chicken to it.

Merry Christmas


So why is the unicorn so small? I could not but noticing that the unicorn was eventually ridden by a troll at the end of April Fool's day game early this year. Now Stack Exchange has reduced the unicorn to the size of a snowflake under those same snowflakes. Does Stack Exchange subconsciously want to bully the poor little unicorn?

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    Hats off to you (pun intended) for asking the hard questions.
    – Ana
    Dec 25, 2016 at 5:51
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    This question is incredible. Dec 25, 2016 at 7:09
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    "That's not a massive reindeer - this is a massive reindeer" /crocodiledundee
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 25, 2016 at 14:50
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    Nobody's complained that the chicken is twice the size of the fir tree. Dec 25, 2016 at 16:20
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    hahaha that's a well documented question. But I can't find that reindeer
    – eNeF
    Dec 26, 2016 at 11:13
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    -1 not enough freehand circles
    – ɥʇǝS
    Dec 29, 2016 at 17:42

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That "massive reindeer" (bigger than the nearby tree) is not an actual reindeer but a decoration, like this:

holiday lights

These types of holiday decorations are well-known for having scaling problems. SE might have gotten its sense of scale from people like these (click the link at your own risk):

giant santa!

  • The website you linked is returning a 502 error
    – Ferrybig
    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:37
  • @Ferrybig thanks for letting me know. It sounds like that could be a temporary problem, so I'll try to remember to check back tomorrow to see if it's still dead. Meanwhile, have a Google image search that produces comparable results. :-) Jan 8, 2017 at 0:33

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