The Corner

Lemmings Aide

To some readers, this will sound like a bizarre bleg. A few of you, however, will know exactly what I’m talking about–and I’d like your help.

When I was a kid in elementary school, a teacher showed us a wildlife film that included a segmet about lemmings, which are mouse-like creatures that live in cold parts of the world. When their population grows too large, bunches of them will perform mass suicide, hurtling themselves off cliffs and into the sea. At least this was the film’s claim, and it did show lots of lemmings actually taking a dive. For some reason, this film was seared into my memory as both fascinating and disturbing. It was like Mother Nature’s traffic accident, and I couldn’t look away.

Did you see this film? I’m certain that some of you will recall it. I’d like to hear about your memories, even if they’re faint. Did the show haunt you? Did you start a save-the-lemmings drive in your 5th grade class? Any and all responses are welcome. Send to nrorocks-at-yahoo.com. Readers of NRO will discover what I’m plotting within a few weeks.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.