Sad but true, lemmings do not commit mass suicide. It’s a myth, but it’s remarkable how many people believe it. It all started with a Disney documentary in the ‘50s. In 1958 Walt Disney produced “White Wilderness,” part of the studio’s “True Life Adventure” series. “White Wilderness” featured a segment on lemmings, detailing their strange compulsion to commit mass suicide. The lemmings supposedly committing mass suicide by leaping into the ocean were actually thrown off a cliff by the Disney filmmakers. Lemmings are seen flying into the water. The final shot shows the sea awash with dying lemmings.
August 21, 2015