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The term "lemming" as mass suicide was pure fakery


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LostSpider #1 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:01 PM

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I smile every time that some one uses the term "lemmings" to indicate mass suicide. Because:


  • In the nature lemmings don't do this mytical mass suicide that players attribute to them.

  • In the modern culture the term lemmings was created by disney studios using pure fakery, quoting wikipedia: "The misconception of lemming "mass suicide" is long-standing and has been popularized by a number of factors. In 1955, Disney Studio illustrator Carl Barks drew an Uncle Scrooge adventure comic with the title "The Lemming with the Locket". This comic, which was inspired by a 1954 American Mercury article, showed massive numbers of lemmings jumping over Norwegian cliffs.[10][11] Even more influential was the 1958 Disney film White Wilderness, which won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature, in which staged footage was shown with lemmings jumping into certain death after faked scenes of mass migration. A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary, Cruel Camera, found that the lemmings used for White Wilderness were flown from Hudson Bay to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where they did not jump off the cliff, but were in fact launched off the cliff using a turntable."

  • So every time that someone uses that term, I wonder if he means organized migration or a fake suicide?  :blink: And a fake suicide means by double negation a win? isn't it?  <_<


Addi64 #2 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:06 PM

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View PostLostSpider, on 20 February 2012 - 03:01 PM, said:

I smile every time that some one uses the term "lemmings" to indicate mass suicide.

I stop smiling as soon as I see a "lemming train" developing, and I don't start to smile again if someone calls it something ... whatever it is

Arkhell #3 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:10 PM

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lemming train: everyone flocking to the same route and keep moving that way (to certain death/victory or stalement)

seems like a legitamate organised migration to me.

DougHole #4 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:13 PM

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I have taken your issue to the Lemming High Council and he replied to me as follows,

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"Is it true that the lemming suicidal tendency is a myth?"

"Please don't close your hand or you will kill me"

"OK. But is it true about the Disney story?"

"Please don't close your hand or you will kill me"

"Got it. Now what about these alleged suicides?"

"Please don't close your hand or you will kill me"


Arkhelus #5 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:15 PM

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So you want the playerbase to come up with another "name"?

Regardless of what you call it, it`s stupid when it`s happening.

Mikicat #6 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:16 PM

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This "myth" of the Lemming behavoir has been dispelled for a long time to be frank, it's not as common a misconception as it used to be. Certainly most of those I socialize with on a daily basis know of this. The use of the term "Lemming train" do describe the pack mentality that sometimes arises in this (and other) games isn't wrong though, as the meaning is clear to everyone due to the long held belief by many that this is the way Lemmings acted. As long as the meaning is there I don't see any problem in using the term the way it's being used.

You must be one of the very few that "wonder if he means organized migration or a fake suicide". I'm sure most will get the meaning even if they, like me, know that the idea of a Lemming cliff rush isn't factual. The social behavoir of a herd is relatively spot on though, and to be frank the "Lemming train" doesn't always end in death so it doesn't really have to come down to this particular mythical notion. Then again I'm sure there are better words for it out there, maybe we can use this thread to endavour to find one? X3

Valerius #7 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:18 PM

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lemming train is a viable tactic IF and ONLY IF they don't camp...

Unfortunately 9 out of 10 lemming trains end with 12 players sitting in the corner drawing straws on who to send next.

Addi64 #8 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:19 PM

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View PostArkhelus, on 20 February 2012 - 03:15 PM, said:

So you want the playerbase to come up with another "name"?

Regardless of what you call it, it`s stupid when it`s happening.

how about "the caravan of love" or "flagellant procession" ... or how about "liquor store run"

X534 #9 Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:28 PM

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as said on a similar thread, i don't relate lemming trains to the animal, but the game lemmings (but i guess in the roots its still the same)

Nathaniak #10 Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:32 PM

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A stupid name for a stupid phenomenon. Simple.

JeffyShow #11 Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:38 PM

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View PostDougHole, on 20 February 2012 - 03:13 PM, said:


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I didnt know these guys could play WOT




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