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   YellowBolt  Sunday Jan 27 10:51 PM

January 27, 2008: The rat king

Or rather, a rat king:


Wikipedia has more about this:

Quote:
Rat kings are cryptozoological phenomena said to arise when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails, which become stuck together with blood, dirt, and excrement. The animals consequently grow together while joined at the tails, which are often broken. The phenomenon is particularly associated with Germany, where the majority of instances have been reported.

Most researchers presume the creatures are legendary and that all supposed physical evidence is hoaxed, such as mummified groups of dead rats with their tails tied together. Reports of living specimens remain unsubstantiated. One theoretical cause for the phenomenon is cramped living space; young rats might live too closely together, becoming inextricably entangled. However, the normal behavior of rats, which generally seek their own comfort, speaks against this theory. No scientific study has been performed to prove a natural cause of the phenomenon.
Talk about gross. I would not want to meet one of these things anyday ever.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jan 27 11:07 PM

How could they survive at all? I'm suspicious.



JDwithcoke&lime  Monday Jan 28 09:29 AM

Oh, I think I see a hair.........damn, now Iv'e lost my appetite!



Flint  Monday Jan 28 10:00 AM

So, the "Rat King" wears this thing as a crown?

That's even worse than the thorny crown thing.



ZenGum  Monday Jan 28 10:15 AM

Like Bruce, I am skeptical.

Rats need to move, and move through small spaces, to live. I don't see how this could do that.

Rats are selfish buggers that fight amongst their own kind. If there was a rat king starting, I would expect that they would fight it out, chew off each others' tails, kill each other, etc.

I can almost imagine someone catching a goodly number of rats, and having them tied together with twine around their tails, then as the rats die, the result is what we see here. Maybe.

I'd rather imagine that than imagine a rat king, still alive, running down an alleyway towards me.



binky  Monday Jan 28 10:23 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
How could they survive at all? I'm suspicious.
But...? If wikipedia said it...?


bluecuracao  Monday Jan 28 12:10 PM

Must...not...look at IotD...during......lun



richlevy  Monday Jan 28 02:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by bluecuracao View Post
Must...not...look at IotD...during......lun
Just don't order Ratatouille.


spudcon  Monday Jan 28 04:06 PM

If this was to happen in the real world, there would be one very fat rat left, having eaten his bretheran as they weakened.



toranokaze  Monday Jan 28 06:17 PM

How to cook...deep fat fry with cheese filling



Cloud  Monday Jan 28 06:57 PM

since the tied-together thingy is most likely a hoax, this is what I think of in re: the Rat King:

1) King Rat (by J. Clavell)
2) the King of the Wererats from L.K. Hamilton.

Now THAT would be bad . . . to be a wererat, that is.



Sheldonrs  Monday Jan 28 08:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by toranokaze View Post
How to cook...deep fat fry with cheese filling
Looks kind of like a funnel cake already. All it needs is powdered sugar.


Gravdigr  Monday Jan 28 09:21 PM

I'm guessing this particular 'rat-king' was flame broiled. See, no hair. If it was just a ball of dead rats wouldn't there be hair left?



DucksNuts  Monday Jan 28 09:32 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by toranokaze View Post
How to cook...deep fat fry with cheese filling
Thats the first time I have thrown up a little in my mouth.


ZenGum  Monday Jan 28 09:50 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DucksNuts View Post
Thats the first time I have thrown up a little in my mouth.
Quick, get a cup an a lady friend. Fame awaits!!!


Giant Salamander  Tuesday Jan 29 01:21 AM

That makes my capillaries feel...dirty. I can't wash it off.



Flint  Tuesday Jan 29 09:04 AM

Shouldn't this thing be called the Rat Pack ???



Giant Salamander  Tuesday Jan 29 02:25 PM

It should be.



toranokaze  Tuesday Jan 29 08:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DucksNuts View Post
Thats the first time I have thrown up a little in my mouth.
I feel very accomplished now.


DucksNuts  Tuesday Jan 29 09:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Quick, get a cup an a lady friend. Fame awaits!!!
Dirty slurries!!


spudcon  Tuesday Jan 29 11:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint View Post
Shouldn't this thing be called the Rat Pack ???
Or the Rat Fink.[IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/MYPC%7E1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.jpg[/IMG]


SPUCK  Wednesday Jan 30 06:19 AM

Hey! They should make that into a wall clock or something..



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jan 30 06:30 AM

With a big spider behind it.



ZenGum  Wednesday Jan 30 09:13 AM

Given the structure of the rat king, it's almost certain that there ARE spiders living amongst that tangle of tails....

Probably snakes, too.



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