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From: John Waite <>
Subject: Re: NONGEN Viking
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001 01:20:35 +1100
While searching the library shelves for a piece of totally unrelated
genealogical information I stumbled on a book on Vikings. It would appear
that the Vikings were extremely advanced not only as farmers but as
conservationists and educators as well. The fact that the lemming breeds in
great numbers in the Scandinavian countries was not lost on these Norsemen.
They used the lemming to predict weather patterns and to determine the
seasons, in addition the Vikings actually trapped and bred these
delightful little animals for domestic use. They had many uses for the
To predict the weather the Vikings were quite ingenious, they would put a
lemming in a cage and place the cage in an exposed place in the middle of
the village. When they needed to know the weather they would:
Feel the lemming:
¨Hot lemming - Hot day.
¨Cold lemming - Cold day.
Look at lemming:
¨Wet lemming - Wet day
¨Dry lemming - Dry day
¨Moving cage - Windy day
¨Icicles on lemming - Winter
¨Lemming swimming - Heavy rain
¨No lemming - Thief.
The Vikings loved a party and one of their favourites was the celebration
of the birth of Thor. Now this was held on the same date every year but due
to the influences of this famous Viking god it was always a Thorsday. They
would select the plumpest, juiciest young lemmings to make their favourite
dessert dish which they called lemming meringue pie.
Clever little devils these Vikings!! ;>)
John Spivey wrote:
> A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name
> missing from the town register. His wife insisted on complaining to the