Rats – Varmints! – 34



Well, rats, today’s episode is about ratty, ratty little rats! Be prepared to be fascinated and slightly skeeved out, but first let’s scurry on over for…

The news!

Danish football fans throw dead rats at players during Copenhagen derby. That’s right, you read it right. They take their sportsball super serious over there.


We were confused about the languages they speak so on a slightly unrelated note: in Denmark they speak Danish, in Copenhagen, Swedish.
The Dutch language, which Donna mentioned while groping around in the dark for the word “Swedish”, is actually spoken in the Netherlands.
So, in each language, here is the word for rat.
Swedish: Råtta, Danish: Rotte.

Rats have greater episodic memory than previously thought. Turns out rats are pretty much super geniuses when it comes to remembering things. Check it out here, courtesy of ScienceDaily.com

ratsWhich was yummier? Hmm…

Rats have amazing tails. Let’s join Clementine and her cute pet rat, Naomi for a lesson about rat anatomy! Courtesy of YouTube user Clementine’s Mischief.

Lots of yummy treats were consumed by Naomi in the making of this video!

Paul and Donna both loved Templeton Rat in the 1972 animated film Charlotte’s Web. Templeton was voiced by the brilliant Paul Lynde, and we love his song so much. We know you will too. Courtesy of YouTube user john doe.

Life is a veritable smorgasbord!

The Discworld series is terrific so if you haven’t read any of them yet, there’s no better time than now to get started! One of the best minor characters is a rat, called The Grim Squeaker. He is the “Death” of rats! Courtesy of YouTube user Atheuz:


Rats like to be tickled! Watch this super cool video about it, courtesy of National Geographic:

Tee hee! Hee hee hee hee hee!

 Guess who’s not responsible for the Black Plague? You got it. Rats! Check out this great recording from an interview by the BBC with the lead scientist conducting the studies, Professor Nils Christian Stenseth. Courtesy of YouTube user Isabela Forman:

Now you know a bit more about rats! What’s your opinion on them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, volunteer your rugrat to say something on our podcast, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your fascinating email on the show.

Your feedback is always welcome!

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“News Theme”
“Sneaky Adventure”
“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys”
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