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December 17, 2007


They found a giant rat.

Key Quote: "The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat," said Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. "With no fear of humans, it apparently came into the camp several times during the trip."

(Thanks to Gary) 


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The difference between "a large wild rat" and a pet is only one of providing a name to the animial.

"Harvey" sounds like a nice name for the scientists. Soon the animal's vet bills will be higher than most of the humans' doctor bills, especially one of the children determines the pet to be cute.

There is a holiday coming up for which I am trying to find a suitable meal to serve my MIL. How can I get one of these giant rats?

Damn, there really is a Giant Rat of Sumatra.

I suspect that the rat was recently shipped out by Major League Baseball in an effort to hide the evidence of what they leave lying around the locker room...

So they finally found my ex-husband.

-We'll never succeed. We may as well die here.

-No, no. We have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt - no problem. There's a popping sound preceding each; we can avoid that. Two, the lightning sand, which you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.

-Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?

-Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.

(insert your own tom tancredo joke here)

Chuck Norris has already announced he'll support it if it runs as a Republican.

Not just a rat. Not just a giant rat. But a FEARLESS, giant rat. So.. how's that Mars colonization project coming along? My bags are almost packed.


I have asked the rat to become my running mate.

Rat BBQ? No thanks, Siouxie. I think I'll stick to frozen fish sticks or something. YICK.


TDPS, Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies...Chris Sarandon- yummy.

OT: A friend's father used to manage a wrestling arena in Dallas. We used to go and watch the rehearsals and the fights. I met Andre The Giant. He was so sweet and gentle. The first time I met him, he shook my hand and all I can remember about it was how huge his hand was. I was terrified! His hand swallowed mine completely. Lucky enough, he did no squeezy and I was saved from a trip to the emergency room. BTW: In case anyone had any doubts, wrestling is fake.

elli, I LOVE PB!

ellie - TOTALLY agreed on Chris Sarandon!! I've been obsessed a fan ever since Fright Night. Droolable indeed.

OMG - YOU MET ANDRE THE GIANT?!?! How rockin' awesome is that?!? OK now I'm really jealous! (Have you ever climbed a trellis?)

*snork* @ "Rata-ewwie!"

I've been in that neighbourhoog and have memories of, from the Lonely Planet Guide of course, The special pizza with mushrooms. I shared a coke and whiskey with a gecko and understood the local dialect perfectly.

JEC - are you sure that wasn't "the pizza with the special mushrooms?" ;-)

Soux and Diva: I forgot about Fright Night! Yes, that was the first time I saw him, and have been drooling ever since. He seems to have vanished from the screen though...

Yep, I met everyone who came through The Sportatorium. Von Erics, Chris Atkinson, the Fabulous Freebirds...geeze, I just gave away my geezeriness. They were all mostly nice. Andre most of all- a gentle soul.

Hm, ellie - Chris has been doing some TV cameos and guest star stints in recent years. He did an extended one on Judging Amy a few years ago before it went off the air and he looked totally hot with salt and pepper hair, a beard and a hoop earring.

*heart flutters*

I have not seen any photos,but I strongly suspect that it is a lawyer or a politician in disguise!

Rat, my ass. This sounds like a fiendish attempt by the squirrels to genetically engineer an invincible super-squirrel which can stomp New York like Godzilla and allow the furry demons to carry out their plans for world domination.

I personally found it exciting that they, "unearthed scores of exotic new species of palms, butterflies and palms."
Palms, butterflies AND Palms! Spectacular!!

It's mine. I lost it and I would like it back.

In the late 1950's Tacoma, Washington, was a major port for the exporting of grains. My recollection is that in 1959, driving at night on a road which was along the wharf-front and grain-storage area I stopped for a rat-shaped creature crossing the road which appeared to be at least 18" in length, without the tail.

Never saw another one (never looked).

Rudy Volkmann

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