Friday, August 8, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 36 Not a rat!

Classic misidentification

Why do people assume that anything small, furry, with beady eyes and a tail must be a rat?

"Shave a squirrel's tail and you have a rat." No, you have a very peeved squirrel. And shortly you will probably be missing most of your face.

Not that I have anything against rats. I think they're quite wonderful and make good pets. (Pause for the groans and squeals of anguish to die down.) I do have a problem with people labeling the entire rodent family as rat=vermin=gross=carrier of pestilence=deserves to be destroyed.

In case you haven't guessed, I'm for live trapping and releasing creatures when they're where they don't belong.

1 comment:

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Which gives me an excuse for this (joke?).

Sign, on a gorilla:

"WARNING! ATTEMPTS TO DRY CLEAN THIS GORILLA MAY RESULT IN SEVERE INJURY - TO YOU, FROM AN ENRAGED GORILLA."