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 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…
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
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/…
Rats can see the pain in other rat's faces and are empathetic. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
Rats giggle when tickled, but only if they're in a relaxed mood scientificamerican.com/vi…
The 1904 Olympics Marathon was a total mess. One did most of the marathon in a car, another ate rat poison but survived and one took a nap by the side of the road for some part of the marathon.Details in the link. podiumrunner.com/culture/…
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…
Today I learned about Charles Domery, a man known for his insatiable appetite. When he was unable to find normal food to satisfy his hunger, he was said to have eaten cats, grass, rats, cows udders, candles and the severed leg of a fellow soldier (although eventually the leg was wrestled away from him). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The murderous 'Mad Trapper of Rat River' led police on a month-long manhunt in the Canadian wilderness. The pursuit ended after a 150 mi (240 km) run and a shootout in which Albert Johnson (believed to be a pseudonym) was fatally wounded on the Eagle River, Yukon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
On August 18th 1920 women gained the right to vote because tie-breaker Tennessee republican representative, and an opponent to women’s suffrage, Harry T. Burn’s mother told him β€œDon’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the β€˜rat’ in ratification.” history.com/topics/womens…
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…
Rats become more emotionally resilient when they are taught how to drive a small vehicle arstechnica.com/science/2…
Rats prefer jazz to classical music, when on drugs classicfm.com/music-news/…
Warfarin was initially used as a rat poison, until a failed suicide attempt demonstrated its safety in humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Chuck E. Cheese is no longer a rat and has officially been a mouse since 2012 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
The kangaroo rat does not need to drink water to survive. Instead, they rely heavily on the water metabolized from the seeds they eat. desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/…
A group of rats or mice is called a mischief while a group of gerbils is called a clan. allourpaws.com/miscellane…
Marathonist athletes in the early 1900s used brandy, glasses of bubbly, and strychnine (best known now as rat poison) and sometimes even heroin or cocaine to mask pain, increase aggressiveness, and/or give a quick energy boost during races! bet-ibc.com/champagne-and…
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…
Today I learned of the 2003 Monkeypox Outbreak, in which there were no documented human-to-human transmissions. Instead, all 71 afflicted parties got infected from prairie dogs. The prairie dogs were likely infected by Gambian pouched rats while they were housed at the same Illinois exotic pet store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Psilocybin comprises approximately 1% of the weight of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms, and so nearly 1.7 kilograms (3.7 lb) of dried mushrooms, or 17 kilograms (37 lb) of fresh mushrooms, would be required for a 60-kilogram (130 lb) person to reach the 280 mg/kg LD50 value of rats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psi…
, mongooses found in Hawai’i are native to India and were originally introduced to Hawai’i Island in 1883 by the sugar industry to control rats in sugarcane fields and have since caused the extinction of 8 federally listed endangered Hawaiian birds. dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info…
Rats can go two weeks without water, longer than camels (3-5 days)! oxfordpets.com/how-long-c…
Researchers did an experiment in 1999 on rats to see how long they could live without sleep. They mostly lasted 2 weeks of this torture before succumbing. pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
The Canadian province of Alberta has no rats, and it is even illegal to own pet rats without a permit. alberta.ca/history-of-rat…
Robert Downey Jr was pulled over for speeding, but the officers quickly discovered Downey was naked and hallucinating allegedly throwing imaginary rats at the officers on the scene. On another occasion, Downey was discovered curled up in the fetal position behind a grungy LA hotel. iamsober.com/blog/robert-…
Scientists discovered the specific molecule in bees' royal jelly (which worker bees feed to larvae) that aids wound healing, called "defensin-1". Compared to a control, a royal jelly trial & a pure defensin-1 promoted healing of wounds on rats. nature.com/articles/s4159…
Rat-baiting was a common sport in 19th-century England. Occasionally desperate men would compete against dogs to see who could kill the most rats, some of the more successful becoming minor celebrities. london-overlooked.com/rat…
Rat Kings is a phenomenon that involves a group of rats intertwined by their tails. Though sometimes questioned of its authenticity, the oldest Rat King reported is a group of 32 mummified rats, held in a Thuringia museum. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A rat laughs when you tickle them popsci.com/chicken-emotio…
James Clavell The author of Shogun and King Rat was held as POW during WWII in horrific conditions and used that experience to write the novel and screen play for King Rat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
That’s rats can laugh. It’s inaudible to humans at 50kHz. time.com/4566126/rats-lau…
When researchers blocked AMPA-receptor removal in rats, they found that the rats were prevented from forgetting the locations of objects. To forget, it seemed that the rat brain had to proactively destroy connections at the synapse. Forgetting is not a failure of memory, but a function of it. nature.com/articles/d4158…
New York City has a genetically diverse rat population. 'Uptown' rats are different from 'Downtown' rats, and every neighborhood has their own distinct rats. theatlantic.com/science/a…
A plan to restore a small islands ecosystem severely backfired when cats were brought to the island to fend off a rat invasion, and rabbits to supply food for stranded seamen. This resulted in the islands vegetation stripped 40% bare and two species of birds being exterminated. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Naked Mole Rats effectively "turn into plants" in low oxygen situations by switching their metabolism from glucose to fructose, which was thought to be only used by plants. sci-news.com/biology/afri…
One of the earliest possible proto-primates looked like an odd rat, and it was given the name "purgatorius." youtube.com/watch?v=dUKV0…
Rescue workers in Germany received an usual call about a chubby rat which needed help after getting stuck halfway out of a sewer manhole. The rat's winter flab caused it to get stuck. Some questioned why so much money was spent rescuing one rat. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
One single pair of rats can produce half a billion descendants in just three years if they are left unchecked. qsrmagazine.com/news/how-…
Rats can learn to drive a car and having an enriched environment (large cage with many levels and toys) enhances competency in driving sciencedirect.com/science…
Rats and mice have hooked sperms and in some species they hook together to make a daisy chain that can swim faster pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Rats inhabit just about everywhere on earth except Alberta Canada! mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Laotian rock rat, deemed extinct for 11 million years, was rediscovered in Laos along the Mekong river being sold as meat at a local street market in 2005 content.time.com/time/spe…
In 1508 a French town tried to convict the local rats of destroying their crops, a lawyer successfully defended them by first arguing that court summons must be given to each individual rat and then arguing that it was too dangerous for them to come to the trial due to the cats in the town duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
In mizoram (India) every 50 years there is a phenomenon called 'rat bloom' where rat population explodes due to blooming of Mautam bamboos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miz…
Michael Malloy was a man who survived many murder attempts. This Included an unlimited drink tab where the booze was replaced with antifreeze and then rat poison, rotten fish and carpet tacks (he wanted seconds) and being covered in 19 litres of water and left naked on a -26C night in the snow. irishpost.com/life-style/…
In 1979, Brenda Spencer shot up an elementary school, killing two and wounding nine other people. When asked why she did it, she replied, "I don't like Mondays..." inspiring the song by the Boomtown Rats song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Cocktails became popular during Prohibition as juices were added to bootleg liquor to disguise the taste of ingredients like dead rat and wood tar smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Rats played a small role in the Black Plague as it was primarily transmitted through human-human parasites (fleas and body lice). nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The Canadian province of Alberta is notable for being the largest inhabited area on Earth which is free of true rats due to very aggressive government rat control policies and harsh winter weather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat
Rat poison is actually an anti coagulant mixed with stuff like fiberglass. Rats are always scraping and squeezing and they build up these minor injuries, the anti coagulant stops their blood from clotting properly and they internally hemorrhage to death. canr.msu.edu/ipm/uploads/…
Naked mole rats can survive 18 minutes without oxygen and suffer no lasting effects. They achieve this feat by switching their metabolism to use fructose, instead of glucose, something typically only done by plants. sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Today I learned about rat-baiting, a gambling Victorian blood sport where dogs competed in how fast they could kill captured rats in a pit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
The first Olympic marathon was in St. Louis. It had rabid dogs, barefoot runners, just one water station, dust that ripped one runner's stomach lining, "trainers" that gave out rat poison, and the winner cheated by hitching a ride. youtube.com/watch?v=rMm4e…
When rats are happy, their eyes vibrate in and out of their eye sockets (called boggling) petpartners.org/wp-conten…
Rats laugh when they're tickled too, but they giggle at 50kHz, which is out of our audio range. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The Timber Rattlesnake brumates in dens during the Winter, often together with copperheads and black rat snakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The upcoming Chinese Zodiac year can be considered either the year of the rat or the year of the mouse, as the zodiac symbol used makes no distinction between the two. Other years are also similarly ambiguous. chinesefortunecalendar.co…
The Indonesian island of Flores is home to the Flores Giant Rat and that the rat can typically exceed 4ft en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
The naked mole-rat is the first mammal discovered to exhibit eusociality. This eusocial structure is similar to that found in ants, termites, and some bees and wasps. Only one female (the queen) and one to three males reproduce, while the rest of the members of the colony function as workers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
During the 1904 summer Olympics marathon one runner hitched a ride, another was given rat poison and brandy as a stimulus, fourth place winner took a nap during the run, and two other runners were chased a mile by angry dogs smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A naked mole-rat can move each of its front teeth separately, like a pair of chopsticks. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
Crows drop rats on airport runways to kill them, since the friction from the landing shreds the rat open for consumption. They also drop nuts on roads for cars to run over so they can be opened/broken to pieces. westernfieldornithologist…
In 1508, Autun, France pressed charges on rats for destroying barley crops. The lawyer representing the rats argued that the court's summons wasn't specific enough to his clients, and that Autun's cat population made it unsafe for his clients to come to court. The rats were acquitted. duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
Today I learned about the history of Alberta's extensive and effective rat control solution making it the only Canadian province to still be considered rat free alberta.ca/history-of-rat…
Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons have decimated the wildlife of the Everglades, the number of native mammals – raccoons, mice, rats, deer, wildcats – fell by between 87% and 99% (depending on the creature) in areas known to be infested with pythons between 2003 and 2011. 1843magazine.com/features…
The naked mole rat can go over 18 minutes without air, without harm, by changing from glucose to fructose for its anaerobic metabolism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Other than humans, chimpanzees and rats are the only animals that can laugh. news.nationalgeographic.c…
A team in Tanzania is training giant rats to spot Tuberculosis in human spit. The rats can test 100 samples in 10 to 20 minutes: a human with a microscope takes 4 days to test the same number. The same species is also used to detect landmines. theguardian.com/global-de…
Rats have been used to locate over 100k landmines and explosives. They're effective because they're too light to trip the mines. apopo.org/
While living on islands without many predators, humans and other animals become significantly smaller within 2000-3000 years in a process called "Island Dwarfism," while small animals like rats become bigger. sapiens.org/column/animal…
Researchers spun a group of rats in a centrifuge at 3 times Earth gravity for eight months: the rats ate 18% more food and their average lifespan shrank 11%, but otherwise adapted with little stress. sciencedirect.com/science…
Because he felt his students couldn't properly understand how the Nazis came to power, a teacher roleplayed as an authoritarian. He managed to start a proto-fascist movement that swept across the schoolβ€” the students even took it upon themselves to rat out those who were disloyal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Trained rats are used to detect landmines in Mozambique, Cambodia and Angola. A single rat can check 200sqm in 20 minutes – something that would take a human 4 days to do. sciencefocus.com/nature/w…
Rats in a cage with drugs don't use drugs if they're given enough to do. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
There is a disease in Hawaii called Rat Lungworm that is transmitted by snails and slugs after they touch rat poop. If humans eat a slug carrying the disease it can lead to neurologic dysfunction or death. Moral of the story, don't eat slugs when visiting Hawaii. health.hawaii.gov/docd/di…
Over 16 million animals served in World War One. Both sides had large cavalries, camels were used in desert campaigns, dogs and pigeons carried messages, canaries were used to detect gas, and cats and dogs were trained to hunt rats in the trenches. Various animals were used as mascots too. iwm.org.uk/history/15-ani…
Scientists can remote-control rats by implanting electrodes in their brains, such that they get a rush of pleasure when they obey sent commands. Scientists can make them turn left or right, even climb objects. They are not forced to obey, they just want to because of the pleasure reward. nbcnews.com/id/3077264/ns…
Pixar's Ratatouille (2007) caused a surge in demand for pet rats. Some pet chains even saw a 50% increase in pet rat sales. reuters.com/article/us-ra…
Giant rats have been used to sniff out landmines in war torn African countries. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Rats will rescue their distressed pals even when they’re offered chocolate instead, showing that the urge to help a fellow rat was at least as strong as the desire for food. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
The "tail suspension test" is one method researchers use to measure depression in rats. Subjects are hung upside down by their tails and timed to measure how long it takes the rat to stop struggling and accept its fate. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tail_s…
2 rats will stop playing with each other if the bigger one doesn't let the smaller one win at least 30% of the time pokerstrategy.com/news/wo…
Mice and Rats are scared off by the scent of snake and cat urine sciencemag.org/news/2010/…
The infamous Great Seattle Fire of 1889 also killed 1 million rats, which completely eliminated the town's major rodent problem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There were real life inspirational Mouse/Rat colonies that inspired 'The Secret of NIMH' getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Rats urine is a preservative and rats nests are amazing sources of preserved antiquities stolen from their human hosts. historiccharleston.org/bl…
When Apollo 11 returned samples of moon rocks to earth, scientists at NASA fed them to cockroaches, fish, rats, birds and shellfish to insure contact with them would not cause harm to the organisms a present a threat to earth's ecosystem. space.com/apollo-lunar-sa…
The winner of the 1904 Olympic Marathon was carried over the finish line after being refused water by his trainers, and instead dosed with strychnine (a rat poison also used as a performance enhancing drug at the time) and brandy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
A scientist at the University of Florida, USA, grew a "living 'brain'" -- "a network of 25,000 rat brain cells" -- that when "connected to an array of 60 electrodes that can interact with a computer" learned to fly a simulated F-22 stealth fighter jet in a range of weather conditions. research.ufl.edu/publicat…
In Mandarin Chinese, the word for "kangaroo" translates literally to "bag rat" blog.tutorming.com/mandar…

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