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Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007, 01:53 pm
Rats in the news: Make a happy noise!

I've reported on this before, but there's a new article about rats laughing (including a video). Dr Panksepp has been gathering more evidence outlining the parallels to human laughter and there's even speculation about rats' sense of humour: He thinks they favour slapstick. Funny. I've always had a weakness for toilet humour myself. And anyone who's kept rats as pets know they delight in being mischievous.

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
mejeep

so will there be enough RAT audience for a 3 Stooges or Paul Hogan revival? :">

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Maybe. There's already a precedent for interspecies television. A comedian reported on research that shows that monkeys watch television. He speculated that this would explain the high ratings of the Footy Show.

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
foxwell

heheh... the rats I know love to be mischievous ;)

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Oh? And how many rats do you know?

Wed, Mar. 21st, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
foxwell

hmmm, I can think of three off the top of my head, so perhaps the number of rats i know

=3

:)

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
espilonarge

My pet rat Nibbles is silly when his tickled. Trust me, I know his ticklish because everytime I tickle him he'll turn around and try tackling my hand while nipping. Rather cute when it happens. n.n;

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
peromyscus

We could use rats to judge how funny comedy movies are XD I wonder how they'd react to one of Eddy Murphy's movies XDDDDDDD

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

NO! You should know I won't condone cruelty to rats. ;)
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Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Brilliant! I guess that was a bit of rat humour to defuse the tension of the situation.
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Wed, Mar. 21st, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
espilonarge

It would be more cute if you tickled Marko and taped it. *grins evily*

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
aldi

I can picture Ristin tickling you to see what kind of sound you'd make!

Tue, Mar. 20th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

That would be something like "Aaaa! Stoppit!"