"Make the pile higher."

"Turkish shepherds look at dead sheep in the town of Gevas, near the city of Van, eastern Turkey, Thursday, July 7, 2005. First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, according to the Turkish media reported on Friday July 8, 2005. In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a billowy white pile. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher. (AP Photo/Sukru Akyuz/IHA)"

33 Responses:

  1. drreagan says:

    Big. Wooly. Lemmings.

  2. no_brakes23 says:

    "Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher."

  3. porphyre says:

    Depressed sheep might be a sign of end times, like, really

  4. zonereyrie says:

    If your friends jumped off a cliff...

  5. That's like the episode of South Park where the cows formed a cult and threw themselves off the cliff. TV is ruining young sheep minds!

  6. j_b says:

    "...Another fair question. One thing is for sure; a sheep is not a creature of the air. They have enormous difficulty in the comparatively simple act of perchin'. (crash) As you see. As for flight, its body is totally unadapted to the problems of aviation. Trouble is, sheep are very dim. Once they get an idea in their heads, there's no shifting it."

    "But where did they get the idea from?"

    "From Harold. He's that sheep there over under the elm. He's that most dangerous of animals, a clever sheep. He's the ring-leader. He has realized that a sheep's life consists of standing around for a few months and then being eaten. And that's a depressing prospect for an ambitious sheep. He's patently hit on the idea of escape.

    (the rest of the sketch)

  7. equiraptor says:

    There is a reason my grandfather always called his sheep, "Lame brains."

  8. jesus_x says:

    The first one was a trailblazer, a leader, a rebel. The rest were just sheep.

  9. dossy says:

    I guess the anal rape became unbearable.

    Poor sheep.

    Oh no -- wait -- it's Mad Sheep Disease. Better not eat any mutton ...

  10. edge_walker says:

    Dude, biblical!

    Everyone knows the story of the demon-posessed man who replied “we are legion, for we are many” when Jesus found him by the shore and asked his name, right? Well, as that story unfolds, Jesus commands the demons to leave the man, and they beg him to allow them to take posession of the pigs in a nearby grazing herd instead, which he permits, upon which all 2,000 pigs jump off the close-by cliff and drown in the sea.

    So maybe that account wasn’t fictional, much like tales of the demon-posessed are reminiscent of serious mental disorders like schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, and the like.