Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Stupid History 25 May 2010

Contrary to popular myth, lemmings do not commit mass suicide. The origin of this lemming tale is traced to the 1958 Walt Disney film, White Wilderness. One scene shows a dozen lemmings "dutifully tossing themselves over a cliff into certain death in icy Arctic waters." The filmmakers staged the suicide scene, but when the lemmings refused to voluntarily go over the cliff, they were tossed over by the film crew.

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