November 6, 2014

Dogs are not committing suicide on the "The Dog Suicide Bridge of Dunbartonshire."

"Since the 1960s, some 50 dogs have perished after leaping from the same spot on the bridge. Hundreds more have jumped but lived, some even returning for a second leap onto the jagged rocks 50 feet below."

What's really going on? Hint: It sounds like the title of a Doris Day movie.




It's The Scent of Mink that drives the dogs to leap.

22 comments:

Bob Boyd said...

Reminds me of the old joke about a guy who had arrived a little early at his date's 10th story apartment and was waiting in the living room for her to finish getting ready to go out.
She had a friendly, little dog so to kill time he started playing fetch with it, bouncing a tennis ball across the room. A window was open. The ball took a bad bounce and went out the window. The little dog leapt right after it and fell.
When the woman came out the guy said, "I noticed your dog was looking a little depressed this evening."

Moose said...

Thmink?

m stone said...

Dispatch Meade to Dumbarton.

surfed said...

One word - nets.

Ann Althouse said...

Truman Capote wrote that anecdote. It was published in Esquire in the 1970s.

He may have heard it elsewhere, but he was purporting to write about the rich folk he hung out with in those days (i.e., his decline).

Ann Althouse said...

Snopes analyzed this story and finds the oldest telling to be Capote's, but doesn't find the Esquire publication, which I remember reading, back in my pre-law school days, when I had a job reading magazines in a market research company.

Bob Boyd said...

"Truman Capote wrote that anecdote."

That's good to know. I just heard it told as a joke years ago and for some reason it stuck. I like the story even better now.

Bob Boyd said...

How many dog jokes have a pedigree like that?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the woman who threw her autistic child over the bridge was just driven crazy by the scent of mink.

lemondog said...

Any particular breeds, mongrels? Doesn’t Scotland have breeds of prey driven/scent driven/herding driven dogs, e.g., Scotties, Shelties, Border Collies.......

Agree with m. stone, send Meade on assignment.

Bob Boyd said...

So if you're ever walking across a bridge with somebody and they start like sniffing, and saying, "I smell mink. Do you smell mink? 'Cause I smell mink" better grab onto the back of their belt or something.
But if they turn out to be really strong, fuck it, just let go.

lemondog said...

Dog Suicide Bridge Scotland 'TV documentary'

Bob Boyd said...

"Dispatch Meade to Dumbarton."

I can picture the pictures.

Background: A bird's eye view of the gorge.
Foreground: The bottoms of a dog's hind feet, the underside of it's tale and its puckered sphincter.

Curious George said...

Say what you will, but no cat would jump.

lemondog said...

Speaking of cats speaking...

David said...

Lassie is off her meds again. Get the leash.

sfw said...

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4320

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't the municipality, or whatever entity owns the bridge, fenced it in or closed it entirely?

Peter

MadisonMan said...

Why hasn't the municipality, or whatever entity owns the bridge, fenced it in or closed it entirely?

Because they love cats there.

Revenant said...

Why hasn't the municipality, or whatever entity owns the bridge, fenced it in or closed it entirely

Natural selection. In a few more generations they'll have the smartest dogs in the world.

Or possibly the most elastic ones.

Lost My Cookies said...

They're trying to breed the stink out of the mink.

Bartender Cabbie said...

The scent of something else has driven me a bit crazy a time or two.