Thursday, March 11, 2010

what is a Moonrat? (Your Questions continued)

[Kaitlyne asks, "Could you settle a bet for me? A friend insists that a moonrat is in fact a small rodent in the Erinaceidae family. I've told him before that it is obviously a lesser known god of the Egyptian underworld. He insists Wikipedia proves him right. Which one is it?"]

Kaitlyne, my dear, we must only pity those people who shield their eyes from the truth.

Actually, since this question of from whence my name derives has come up before, I will tell the True Story. Back when I first started blogging, my blogging buddy (there was only one at the time; we were very secretive) chose her favorite flavor of Naked Juice--Bluenana, which I believe had been discontinued--as her name. Wanting something equally opaque for myself, I gazed out my window and up at the moon. The visual stimulus reminded me of the cliche that the moon is made of cheese, which got me thinking about cheese (mm, cheese). And I thought about who would enjoy a GIANT BALL OF CHEESE more than anyone else? Well, a rat. Right? And if I were a moon cheese rat, I imagine I would be extremely happy. But "mooncheeserat" didn't have quite the same ring. So I dropped the middle bit.

Sexy, right? Was this story more or less silly than you thought it was going to be? (It's true, by the way; that literally was my thought process.)

27 comments:

Cid said...

I love it!

Matthew Delman said...

Just about as silly as I thought it would be.

It also sounds suspiciously like my thought process for most things.

Laurel said...

Stream of consciousness at its finest.

Adam Heine said...

That's awesome. Way better than my first internet handle: "Talon". Because it sounded cool.

Melanie Avila said...

You think like me. That makes me happier than you could know. (more because it means I'm not the only one who has this kind of thought process.)

Gemma Noon said...

My original handle was "Sweetbabyviper".

I'll leave you to ponder that one.

Rick Daley said...

How does the picture of the ferret figure in?

(That is a ferret, right?)

Candyland said...

More clever than what I would've come up with. I'd have been stuck with "Cheese Moon," or "Rat Cheese."
Mmm cheese. Yes.

moonrat said...

Rick--haha no, that is a moonrat. It's a real animal. Apparently they make mediocre pets. But they like to eat bugs.

Imogen said...

I assume you have seen the original Wallace and Gromit movie, "A Grand Day Out"?
http://www.wallaceandgromit.com/films/granddayout/

WendyCinNYC said...

Why does this not surprise me? :)

I wish I would've picked some clever name instead of WendyNYC for my online stuff. How boring.

JES said...

Never even imagined something so convoluted. I figured it had something to do with your interest in Asian/Pacific stuff, since the animal is native to Borneo.

Love finding out the real story!

Josin L. McQuein said...

That sounds like the makings of a children's PB ;-)

One of my first on-line names was "iamapeep". It came with a complete marshmallowy bio, which is weird because I detest marshmallow peeps.

I think someone could build a psychology workshop for study based on internet handles.

Ulysses said...

As a man who has chosen as his nom-de-web a mythical king known for his horse fetish, his inability to follow directions, and for getting EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF HIS CREW KILLED, I do not feel in any position to comment on your pseudonym.

But while we're talking moon cheese: what kind? Emmenthal? Gouda? Bleu? I like to think it's a nice spiced havarti.

Whirlochre said...

Funny how things turn out, in that Sliding Doors kind of way.

Somewhere in a parallel universe, you're known as Cheese.

Bernita said...

Sounds perfectly sensible to me.

CKHB said...

This makes me love you even more.

dylan said...

But Moonrat

Moonrat is British slang for the hedgehog and southern American for the Oppossum, no?

I'm suddenly so confused...

dylan

WV: forkpi

(suddenly hungry)

_*rachel*_ said...

Not what I expected, but I like it!

As for nom de plumes, I've gone with my name, hobby, heroes' pen name, and personalized versions of Anonymous.

_*rachel*_ said...

I couldn't pass up a double post--the WV is magicaln. So true.

Pretenses said...

I think Ulysses brings up an excellent question. Though I'm imagining a harder cheese. Perhaps the Robusto from Whole Foods. It has flavor crystals! Yum.

Kaitlyne said...

:D Is it dorky that I'm feeling all special that my question got picked haha?

Oddly, not at all what I expected, but just as silly as I thought it would be. :)

moonrat said...

re: type of cheese: my dad found this one that had a red peel and was studded with mustard seeds. it was made by monks in a smaller european country (perhaps it was denmark, or belgium). i'm not sure i remember right, but in my mind it was called dragon cheese.

Claire Dawn said...

Beautiful. There's something almost regal-sounding about Moonrat, like you're a long-lost heir to some fantasy throne...

Btw, I'm giving you the sunshine award over on my blog http://aclairedawn.blogspot.com

Natasha Fondren said...

Awwww! I love it, lol!

Heather Hansen said...

LMAO! Best EVER! :)

Crystal Posey said...

This is awesome! LOL