Lemmings are small rodents, usually found in or near the Arctic, in tundra biomes. They are subnivealvol, and together with voles and muskrats, they make up the subfamily Arvicolinae(also known as Microtinae), which forms part of the largest mammal radiation by far, the super family Muroidea, which also includes rats, mice, hamsters, and gerbils. Lemmus lemmus Wikipedia.
There are two sides to this story.
But only if all one wants is to know whether the story is true.
“It was an unseasonably spring-like day; the sun was warm, the birds were singing, and the wispy clouds added a touch of pastel pleasantness to the day.” THE LINE by Lee Broom.
THE LINE (Lemmus lemmus)
The lemmings had a meeting.
Since it was their custom to stand in line when socializing, this was as in previous attempts, a difficult meeting.
This was not the first time the lemmings had tried to get together, oh no.
The meetings thus far had started well but the farther toward the front of the line that one was stationed, the more difficult it became to hear the speaker who was according to tradition, stationed at the rear.
If this sounds odd it is because the land occupied by the lemmings was very narrow and had only two known directions, North and South. And for reasons long since forgotten, interraction between the lemmings always began with the Northern-most lemming.
On the North end was a cliff which was known only to the first in line and because their narrow strip of land was clouded by a dense fog bank, this knowledge was unknown even to lemming number one until after having stumbled into space, below which was a bottomless abyss.
The lemmings nearest the cliff now possessed a tiny bit of new knowledge. They had heard the lemming who fell, utter the words “Oh shit.”
This little handful of Lemmus Lemmus was now in possession of new information as had been others before them. And though the same dash of data was known only to a few and because this group of “a few” replaced mostly only themselves, the rest of the group knew little of what lay ahead, though occasionally partial knowledge of
“Oh shit” was passed on to one more lemming.
Eventually, after many eons and many “Oh shits”, this knowledge reached the back of the line.
“We must have a meeting” stated the last lemming. “We must have a meeting now.” This lemming was a very unusual lemming; he was a lemming with ideas.
“Everyone tell the person in front of them to turn around.” He ordered and they did.
“Okay” he said; “now everyone follow me.” and they did that also.
And so it was, that this last lemming, who was busy inventing the Circle walked first to the right and then curved back left moving methodically forward toward the front of the line. Though he could not see his brothers and sisters, he could hear them and he mentally patted himself on his skinny rodent back.
“I am inventing a circle. This has never been done before. Soon we can have ourselves another meeting. Oh shit.”
Lee Broom. Emended 7/15/3015.