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Rats Giggle When Tickled -- But Only When The Mood Is Right

STAT | Posted 11.14.2016 | Healthy Living

By Eric Boodman At parties and bars, he introduces himself as a "rat tickler." The title makes Shimpei Ishiyama sound like he belongs in some fo...

Watch These Gibbons Hilariously Shoo Away A Rodent

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.07.2016 | Comedy

The spectacle of these primates, identified as white-handed gibbons, going apes**t over a rodent’s presence in their enclosure was already funny eno...

Having a Rat as a Pet Is Not Without Risk

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

A special thanks to Miranda Ebraheim for assisting in this article. Rat-bite fever is an illness caused from bacteria that is transmitted by rode...

Did Mickey Mouse's Pants Wreck His Sex Life? We Have Science On This.

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 09.23.2016 | Weird News

Ever wonder why Mickey Mouse never had any kids? Maybe it was those silly pants. Let’s not even consider whether his lack of style turned Minnie off...

Adorable Kitty Enforcers Handle Brewery's Rodent Problem

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 07.19.2016 | Taste

First, there were male Ghostbusters. Then, there were girl power Ghostbusters. But one Chicago brewery has called up feline Ghostbusters to handle the...

Scientists Tickle Rats to Try and Figure Out Why We Laugh

Inverse | Posted 07.12.2016 | Science

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Sarah Sloat In 1994, researchers noticed that when rats anticipated an opportunity to play, they...

Lab Rats' Cramped Cages Called Bad For Animals And Science Too

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Science

Research on rats and other animals has been credited with major advances in the treatment of all sorts of deadly ailments, including heart disease, ca...

These Rats Are Heroes: for More Than One Reason!

Daniela Quaglia | Posted 06.03.2016 | Science
Daniela Quaglia

I cannot hide my passion for rodents. I find that they make lovable pets, at the same time smart and affectionate. My gerbils travelled the world with...

You Can't Even Count How Many Rats Are In This Kitchen

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.18.2016 | Weird News

Rats! And we don't mean darn. We mean RATS, lots of 'em, climbing up a pipe in a kitchen through a hole in the ceiling. This stomach-churning video, p...

Dead Rodent Found Floating Inside Dr. Pepper Bottle, Family Claims

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 05.10.2016 | Weird News

A Houston-area family claims to have found a dead rat in of a bottle of Dr. Pepper -- one they say their toddler had been sipping from. John Graves of...

Scientists Show How Big NYC Rats Can Get, And It's Terrifying

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.14.2016 | Science

New York City rats can be big, and because of some yucky research, we now know just how big. Matthew Combs, a doctoral student at Fordham University, ...

A Holiday Miracle (Sort of)

Inga | Posted 01.04.2017 | Comedy

It was the Monday of Thanksgiving week, three days before the kids and grandtots would be arriving, when my kitchen suddenly smelled like a marlin had died on the counter top.

Here's How Rats End Up In Toilet Bowls

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

If you don't like rats, you might want to sit down for this -- but maybe don't sit on the toilet. Intrigued by the question of how rats make it into t...

What You Should Really Choose Between Diet And Regular Soda

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living

Artificial sweeteners are linked with cancer, right? Turns out, it's not quite that cut and dry. Most of the research into the sweetener-cancer connec...

Rats Dream About Where They Want To Go

The Daily Beast | Matt Kelemen | Posted 07.02.2015 | World

Humans aren’t the only ones thinking about a better tomorrow. Rats too spend their nights dreaming of their desired futures, according to new resear...

Condemned Michigan Home Overrun By Ballooning Rat Population

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.09.2015 | Weird News

To say this Michigan home has a rodent problem would be putting it lightly. There are currently more than 1,000 rats inside a condemned house near...

Congress Should Declare Mice Are Animals -- Now!

Hal Herzog | Posted 06.22.2015 | Science
Hal Herzog

The rats/mice/birds exclusion intentionally obfuscates the true numbers of animal used in research. And, it lends credence to the claims of animal rights groups that research institutions have something to hide.

Katla McGlynn

Rat Eating Pizza On The Subway Tracks Is The Most New York City Thing Ever | Katla McGlynn | Posted 04.17.2015 | Comedy

Splinter, is that you? While waiting for the manhattan-bound L train at Bedford Ave. on Thursday, I saw a rat scurry in between the tracks. After l...

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

When you discuss acquiring a pet with your youngster, cover the topic of permanency. Help your child understand pets are not like toys that can be tossed aside or given away if he grows bored with them. Make sure he understands the commitment he is making is for the lifetime of the pet.

Invasive 'Rat Research' Should Be Abolished Once and for All

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.11.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

We surely can do better in protecting all of these sentient beings, and the time is now to amend, write, and stringently enforce legislation for better protecting them and the millions of other animals from being brutalized in "the name of science, food, entertainment, and fashion."

Hate Broccoli? Dexter The Rat Totally Feels You

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Comedy

Broccoli is good for you -- and for your rodent too. But that doesn’t mean that your ratty friend will enjoy noshing on the cruciferous veggie. ...

Rats Like to Be Tickled: Why Is the Animal Welfare Act So Lame?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.16.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

We know that rats and numerous other animals experience positive emotions and also that they experience deep and enduring pain. So, why are rodents and other sentient animals -- including birds, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates -- not protected?

Lynne Peeples

Ebola's True Toll Is Still Untallied As Another Deadly Fever Looms | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green

Dr. Ross Donaldson recalls traveling around the Sierra Leone city of Kenema a decade ago, "telling people not to eat rats." The multimammate rat, w...

How Many Rats Does New York City Really Have?

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Science

Here's one study rat haters will love. The new study shows that--contrary to an urban legend dating back more than a century--New York City does n...

Plague Plots -- Dispatches From Albert Camus

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

A hands-on doctor tries to get public officials to recognize infestations as bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Can a novel's depictions inform discussions about Ebola?