Alexander Selkirk, the bases for Robinson Crusoe survived 4 years on an island where nightly he was attacked by rats but solved this by domesticating feral cats. One day he fell off a cliff hunting goats and landed on his prey, sparing him a broken back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The Canadian province Alberta basically has no permanent Norway Rat population because they have an incredibly aggressive rat control program. It includes a hotline to call if you ever actually see a rat in the province. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Not only there was a 'Rat Pack' and a 'Brat Pack' but there was also a 'Black Pack' that was founded by Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and featured Robert Townsend, Arsenio Hall, Paul Mooney and Keenen Ivory Wayans. The only white member was Pee-Wee Herman. news.avclub.com/in-1988-p…
Hydrogen Peroxide (3% solution) will help induce vomiting in dogs in a emergency situation, such as eating rat poison. Always consult an expert before doing so, as inducing vomiting may not be the right answer. akc.org/expert-advice/hea…
Chuck E. Cheese was originally going to be named "Rick Rat's Pizza" and company founder, Atari's Nolan Bushnell, had to be talked out this potential PR disaster. showbizpizza.com/ptp/char…
During the Great Plague of London, the City Corporation ordered the killing of all cats and dogs, in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease. It's estimated that 40,000 dogs and 200,000 cats were killed, however it was the rats spreading the virus, not cats or dogs. britainexpress.com/Histor…
There is a theory that claims all placental animals (most mammals) share a common ancestor called Protungulatum donnae, a rat-like creature that was reconstructed by a team of 22 scientists in 2013 sciencemag.org/news/2013/…
One mating pair of rats can lead to a population of around 1,250 in a 12 month period! safeguardpestcontrol.co.u…
Contrary To The Stereotype, Rats Are Actually Empathetic And Will Help To Free Other Rats Stuck In Cages npr.org/2011/12/09/143304…
Today I learned about the Karni Mata Temple, an hindu temple located in the state of Rajasthan, India. It houses 25.000 black rats which are revered and considered sacred, so much so that eating food which has been nibbled on by them is considered to be an honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
The province of Alberta, Canada is the only place in the world where there are zero rats. Since the 1950s there has been a war between rats and the Albertan government. There is even a rat sighting hotline. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Today I learned about APOPO, a non-profit organization that trains African giant pouched rats to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis. apopo.org/en/who-we-are
Today I learned about 78-year-old twin sisters Margaret and Marjorie Barthel β€” who were purposefully and lovingly feeding rats, nurturing an exponentially multiplying population of rats on the affluent Westside of LA, which experts believe ranged from tens of thousands to as many as a half-million Rats laweekly.com/palisades-ra…
Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack are widely credited with helping end segregation in Las Vegas, by refusing to perform in venues that wouldn't allow blacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 16th century France, a lawyer successfully defended a group of rats in a court of law, which accused them of eating the barley-crop of local farmers. The court put up posters in nearby towns summoning the rats to court and asked the townspeople to move their cats indoors for their safety . duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
Naked mole rat queens can sexually repress males she doesn't want to mate with (and keep the rest of the colony from undergoing puberty, too) popsci.com/naked-mole-rat…
Rodents can't vomit, which is why rat poison is so effective. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
Today I learned about how African Pouched Rats are being used in Cambodia to sniff out landmines. They have an exceptional sense of smell which allows them to detect TNT in amounts as small as 1 oz, and are able to clear a 200sq m area in 30min where a human will take up to 3 days with a metal detector npr.org/sections/parallel…
The most desired meat on Hispaniola hundreds of years ago was an extinct rat named the "Hispaniolan Edible Rat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Hawaiian Islands do not have any squirrels, but they do have Mongooses, which were released in the 1800s to help control the rat population and are now considered an invasive species. instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin…
Today I learned of Simon, a cat who served on the Royal Navy HMS Amethyst and has raised the morale and killed a rat infestation during his service. He also received the Dickin Medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Researchers and their team oversaw the discovery of a rat that could see, hear, smell, and feel just like its peers, even though it was walking around with basically no brain. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Because of the success of Disney’s film Ratatouille, pet rat sales surged in many countries. reuters.com/article/us-ra…
A rat broke into an ATM machine and ate/destroyed over $17,500 (USD) of cash. cnbc.com/2018/06/22/hungr…
It's a myth rats/mice absolutely love cheese, they prefer sweet foods animals.howstuffworks.com…
In WWII , scientists at the Vavilov Institute of Plant protected the seeds from the threats of cold, hungry residents of the besieged city, rats, and their own hunger. 28 of the botanists died of starvation, protecting their collection Today invaluably stored at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault theconversation.com/the-t…
Giant rats over 3 feet 9 inches long used to inhabit the island of Tenerife en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Synanthropes are species of wild animal or plant that lives near, and benefits from, an association with human beings and the habitats that people create. Examples of synanthropes are pigeons, raccoons and rats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
Today I learned of the Flower Pot Technique, where rats are kept in a bucket full of water on top of a flower pot for sleep deprivation studies. If they fall into REM sleep, they fall off the pot and into the water. In order to avoid drowning, they must climb back up every time they re-enter REM sleep. biorxiv.org/content/10.11…
A species of bamboo flowers every 50 years, resulting in rat plagues that have caused famine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
The word Geek was originally an early 20th-century term for a carnival worker who was so unskilled that the only thing they could do at a carnival to attract a crowd was to bite off the heads of live animals such as chickens, snakes and rats and swallow them britannica.com/story/wher…
Mongoose were imported to Hawaii to control the rat population, not realizing that the two animals were on opposite sleep schedules (nocturnal/diurnal) and thus innefective. bigislandnow.com/2016/04/…
Karni Mata Temple is a Hindu temple also known as the Temple of Rats. Is famous for the approximately 25.000 black rats that live and are revered in the temple. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Alberta Canada is the largest inhabited land mass that has no rat population. Every territory surrounding it has rats, but high rat control efforts have kept them out. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Scientists trained 17 rats to drive tiny cars; each rat stood on the aluminum floor of the car & gripped copper bars with their paws to complete a circuit to propel the car. By touching left/center/right on the bar, rats could steer to pick up rewards of Froot Loops morsels in the arena. cnet.com/news/rats-drive-…
Today I learned of an organization in Belgium training giant rats (nicknamed "HeroRATs") to sniff out landmines in countries where explosive remnants of war pose a large threat to communities. The rats are extremely effective, outperforming both metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. boredpanda.com/hero-rats-…
Giant Gambian Rats make excellent explosive detectors. They can be trained to sniff out mines and are too light to trigger them. apopo.org/en/herorats/her…
Simon was a ship's cat who served on the HMS Amethyst. In 1949, during the Yangtze Incident, he received the highest medal available to military animals after surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation during his service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Giving oxytocin to virgin rats could trigger maternal behaviours: the animals would build nests, lick or crouch over unfamiliar pups and even return lost pups to the nest. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Rats have empathy. When offered the choice of a tempting chocolate treat, or rescuing a drowning rat, they chose to rescue the drowning rat. bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
Rats can see the pain in other rat's faces and are empathetic. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
Rats giggle when tickled, but only if they're in a relaxed mood scientificamerican.com/vi…
Rats given anti-anxiety medication will be less likely to help other rats that are trapped (because the free rats don't feel the trapped rats' anxiety) uchicagomedicine.org/fore…
The red-crested tree rat, thought to have gone extinct 119 years ago, showed up out of the blue at a hotel in Colombia where two conservationists were staying and let them photograph him for a few hours before disappearing again. npr.org/2011/05/19/136468…
Cats are sometimes intentionally released into urban environments on the popular assumption that they will control the rat population; but there is little scientific basis for this. In fact, they end up harming the beneficial native wildlife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned about APOPO - an organization that researches and trains rats to detect land mines and tuberculosis. These rats save lives! apopo.org/en/what-we-do
The Canadian province of Alberta has an entire hotline dedicated for rat sightings and ensuring the province remains rat-free. cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont…
The UB40 song Rat in Mi Kitchen was written when Astro asked lead singer Ali Campbell if he had any new ideas for songs and Campbell, who had a rodent problem in his new house, responded, "Oh God, I don't care about the album for a minute, I've got a rat in the kitchen!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
Vitamin D is used as rat poison in extremely high doses, in which it causes Calcium crystals to form in organs (Calcification), tearing them apart from the inside petpoisonhelpline.com/vet…
Rats become more emotionally resilient when they are taught how to drive a small vehicle arstechnica.com/science/2…

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