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Top 10 Animal Myths

1. Do Lemmings Commit Suicide?

The lemmings earn the top spot on the myth list because the misconceptions about these critters are both legendary and long-standing, starting back in the 1530s when a geographer proposed that they fell from the skies during storms. These days, the most popular rumor is that lemmings commit mass suicide when they migrate, but the truth is much less dramatic. Every three or four years, their population drops to near extinction only to skyrocket again, but the ebb and flow is a result of migration in large groups, which can include jumping off cliffs into the water and swimming great distances to the point of exhaustion and even death. The myth was also fueled by the 1958 Academy Award-winning documentary that showed the lemmings leaping to their deaths, but the scene was later busted for being staged. MYTH VERDICT: FALSE

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6:58AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Thanks! These were really interesting, and some of these I didn't know! Very informative and fun.

9:23AM PDT on May 6, 2014

fun thanks

1:32AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Great article, i didn't know some of them! There's some more animal myths answered in this video i watched, i found it really interesting! http://youtu.be/9K-G50xt-EI

1:41AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

great article

8:28PM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing

7:37PM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Thank you!

7:34PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

thanks

2:55PM PST on Dec 29, 2013

thanks for sharing

12:16PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Thanks

1:56PM PST on Dec 22, 2013

Interesting. Thank you.

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