Free Range by Bill Whitehead for December 07, 2023

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    SHAKEDOWNVILLE  6 months ago

    When life offers lemmings, don’t give a “rat’s” butt.

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    Gent  6 months ago

    Oh no not this fake news lemmings trope again.

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    The Reader Premium Member 6 months ago

    Must… conform… to…… society’s… expectations…

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    nancyb creator 6 months ago

    They took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

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    Man of the Woods  6 months ago

    For some reason, Lemmings remind me of religion.

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    Gameguy49 Premium Member 6 months ago

    If it’s suicide you’re looking for, go to the sand dunes just west of Yuma during the holiday season, you’ll be sure to get run over at least once by the hundreds of crazy dune-buggy riders.

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    Kaputnik  6 months ago

    If only we had a supply of cool, refreshing lemming-ade. Then we could make it to the cliff and just stand there, while we protest Disney’s perpetuation of a myth.

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    Stephen Gilberg  6 months ago

    The lemming is the focus of a lot of busted myths.

    The best-known one today is that they throw themselves off cliffs

    For suicidal purposes. Despite what I’ve been told,

    That didn’t start with Disney; no, the myth was pretty old

    When Disney made White Wilderness and forced a bunch to drown.

    The truth is, when they crowd along a cliff, they may fall down

    And try to swim to safety, but it doesn’t always work.

    The rather rapid die-offs make the lemmings seem berserk,

    Tho partly it results from competition and predation.

    Their “suicides” were not the first mistaken ideation:

    Before Linnaeus came along, a scholar’s thought for why

    Their numbers rise so fast was that they plummet from the sky.

    More recently, when some folks heard “exploding population,”

    They got the mental image of a lemming detonation.

    Important as it is to spread the truth, I have to say,

    Without these myths, I might not know what lemmings are today.

    —me

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    cuzinron47  6 months ago

    But you have reputation to uphold.

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    Chris Sherlock  6 months ago

    Sounds like a good idea. It’s a realistic, manageable goal.

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    CoffeeBob Premium Member 6 months ago

    Bring a saucer sled, it’s fun!

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