Off the Mark by Mark Parisi for August 26, 2015

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    orinoco womble  over 8 years ago

    This myth was even perpetuated by the YA novel “Julie of the Wolves.” The author’s parents were naturalists, she knew better, but she put it in anyway. One wonders why.

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    Mikel V  over 8 years ago

    Oh, yeah? How about that ‘Wonderful World of Color’ that traumatized for years? That and the other one with the wasp and the tarantulla.

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    Linux0s  over 8 years ago

    The physical evidence is overwhelming.

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    westcarleton  over 8 years ago

    Thank Disney for the myth. And a bunch of dead lemmings… http://factually.gizmodo.com/lemmings-dont-commit-mass-suicide-disney-pushed-them-o-1614038696

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    whiteheron  over 8 years ago

    The ones already over the edge scream in unison: " Now you tell uuuuuusssssssss !".

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    Mister Will  over 8 years ago

    Really?? How about Bison? Is that a myth too?

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    SkyFisher  over 8 years ago

    Thank the internet for continued perpetration of the myth.

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    neverenoughgold  over 8 years ago

    It’s not a myth! It comes true every year during the elections…

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    Stephen Gilberg  over 8 years ago

    I theorize that the myth persists because people value it as a metaphor. And a source of dark humor. Besides, if not for the myth, we’d have nothing to say about lemmings.

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    Mark Parisi creator over 8 years ago

    This will, in no way, prevent me from perpetuating the myth in future cartoons.

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    dflak  over 8 years ago

    For lemmings it’s a myth; for people it’s a fact. We’ll follow the crowd or any leader that offers a quick solution.

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    bmonk  over 8 years ago

    Truth on the internet has rarely affected life for the better. Falsehood on the internet has often led people to jump over the cliff—real or metaphorical.

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    hippogriff  over 8 years ago

    Tom FlapwellOne could mention that the fluctuation in lemming population affects the distribution of snowy owls. Small lemming population that year is how I saw a snowy owl between Vancouver and the US line.

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    krcaddis  over 8 years ago

    You must be referring to this:http://www.digitpress.com/library/manuals/lynx/lemmings.pdf

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    krcaddis  over 8 years ago

    “…rare Leng Lemmings who when they go over and die, young sprout from their bodies with a new generation. The jolt of adrenalin is suspected to start the germination cycle.”

    Plants germinate, can’t say sprouting is the right term, either… Mammals “birth”

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    DevilDog2001 Premium Member about 5 years ago

    Uh oh!

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    samantha.meyer  about 4 years ago

    What are those things??? Mark please explain

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    FrostbiteFalls  about 2 years ago

    And this after all those years of Far Sides and Speed Bumps and Off the Marks that treated it like it was the real thing.

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