| Matt Facts: Matthew dislikes drinking cold drinks from coffee mugs. He also hates plastic forks. | | Did you Know? Toothpicks are overrated. | | Words of Inspiration: "You can tell a lot about a fellow by the way he eats Jelly Beans" – R.Regan | | Did you know? There are no Pez Facts. Pez is, in fact, not factual. | | Matt Facts: Matthew's fortune cookies always predict success. | | Words of Inspiration: When I'm sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead - Barney Stinson | | Did you know? "Buf­falo buf­falo Buf­falo buf­falo buf­falo buf­falo Buf­falo buf­falo” is a gram­mat­i­cally valid sentence. | | Matt Facts: Matthew is best served on the rocks with a slice of lemon. | | Words of Inspiration: "Life is futile." | | Did you Know? Dinosaurs and Dandelions is the name of a popular blog that has been around since the 15 April 2010 | | Matt Facts: Unlike some people, Matthew only celebrates his birthday once a year. | | Words of Inspiration: "I'll be back" - The Terminator. | | Did you Know? The two modern breeds of Cocker Spaniel, American and English, are thought to have been descended from only two dogs? | | Matt Facts: On the second to last full moon of the year, Matthew develops an itch on his right shoulder. | | Words of Inspiration: “You can do it!” - Rob Schneider, in every Adam Sandler movie ever | | Did you know? Lettuce is often eaten raw. | | Words of Inspiration: "Science is always at work and never sleeps – just like Rust" | | Did you Know? When you dream, every­thing you see in that dream, you’ve seen before in real life. | | Matt Facts: Matthew officially endorses the Cadbury's Moro bar as being delicious | | Did You Know? A tadpole is also called a 'pollywog'. | | Matt Facts: Matthew has his own Facebook fan page. Creepy. | | Did You Know? Cats sleep for 70% of their lives. | | Words of Inspiration: "End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it." - Gandalf. | | Did you Know? This is the end. The journey ends here. Then it starts all over again. |

Thursday, 22 April 2010


Never one to shy away from a challenge, today's educational blog post is about Lemmings.

Lemmings are small rodents who live in the Arctic region of this earth, something that I was previously not aware of. Lemmings was first published in 1991 by what is now Rockstar North. Since then the population of lemmings has increased enormously, perhaps because Lemmings surprisingly don't hibernate in winter. Following this success, a sequel was then released in 1993. Lemmings are related to other rodents, but especially the Vole and the Muskrat.

There are three wonderful myths associated with Lemmings. The first is that they fall out of the sky during stormy weather and then die suddenly when the grass grows in spring. First proposed in the 1530's, Carl Linnaeus worked very hard and proved this myth false in the late 1700's. Well done Carl.

The second myth is that Lemmings enjoy to commit mass suicide when all else fails. This myth has been around, well forever, but was popularised in the 1950's by the evil Disney corporation. It is true that lemmings do migrate in mass groups and can swim. This may have contributed to the myth, much like how Olympic swimmers are known to be prone to jumping off the side of buildings. But really, poor little lemmings just aren't that smart ok, so leave them alone!

Finally, the third myth is that Lemmings is possibly the greatest school game of all time. This is blatantly false, we all know that that was the Oregon Trail - which someone still hasn't lent me.

And that, is really all you ever needed to know about Lemmings. Unless someone asks you the average weight or length of a Lemming. In that case, consult Wikipedia.