I don’t consider myself a master of pop culture at all, but I am nevertheless feeling proud of this Facebook exchange:
[My Facebook friend] is wondering who came first Pinocchio or Rudolph? When singing the silly version of Rudolph, and when the part says the Reindeer’s called Rudolph names like Pinnochio, I was like…hmm. could they have? who came first?
Zina: That is a profound question.
(I do actually think Pinocchio came first, but that’s without researching the question. But my guess is that Rudolph goes back no further than maybe 1930s, whereas Pinocchio seems at least a hundred years old.)
Zina: [After consulting Wikipedia] Now I’m feeling smart. Pinocchio first appeared in 1881, Rudolph in 1939.