OK. I’m not a super judgmental person, but it’s not normal to like rats more than people. Chantale, featured on Season 2 of “My Crazy Obsession” is wild about her 19 pet rats. She “huffs” them, meaning “deeply inhales their scents. She says they smell like “nachos.” (Just vomited in my mouth.)
Chantale should be friends with that woman from “My Strange Addiction” who licks her cat. And she can date Glen the rat hoarder from “Hoarders,” now that her husband has kicked her out. She needs someone who will accept that rats come first in her life. Someone who will lick her tears with his tongue when she cries. This gives me an idea! I should start a matchmaking service where I set up people from “My Strange Addiction”/ “My Crazy Obsession”/ “Hoarders”/ “Strange Sex.” I feel like this would be really successful. The show is back on April 3rd. Rejoicing. [ONTD]
Hello. Happy Monday. I know what you need to get your week started right: some WTFness. Here ya go!
According to Swedish woman Linn Kvick, upon opening a package of Nestle fruit puree baby food for her child, she found three dead, dried out, baby rat heads inside.
“It is so disgusting, I don’t know how it could have happened,” Kvick told the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper. Keep reading »
For every spontaneous, adorable impromptu subway sing-a-long, there’s a giant, repulsive rat that comes along and ruins it for everyone. Yes, there are now giant rats living in NYC — this particular guy was found at a Foot Locker in the Bronx, if you couldn’t tell from the familiar striped uniform of the guy holding the dead animal aloft. [Is it just me, or does that thing have massive testes? -- Editor] [Gothamist]
I live in New York City, so I find it nearly impossible to imagine rats as anything more than disgusting subway-dwelling creatures of the underworld. But the lovely people of the Fancy Rat Convention seem to disagree. They say rats are smart! And they make great pets! And they’re so cute when they’re all dressed up. [Oddity Central] Keep reading »
I’ve seen every episode of “Hoarders.” I survived Sir Patrick the leprechaun
, the doll hoarder
, the human waste hoarder, the family of hoarders. I was confident that after two seasons of desensitization, there wasn’t any kind hoard that could shock me. Oh, how wrong I was. Since I saw the preview, I have been mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the “Hoarders” season finale airing this Monday, January 10, which will feature Glen, who shares his home with millions and millions of rats. (Okay, technically the number is 2500 rats, but who’s counting?) While I am prone to occasional exaggeration, I am being straight up with you when I say this is one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen. How does one get to this point? Just, how? Rat lady
, you got served. [A&E
] Keep reading »
Pardon me while I throw up in my mouth a little, but Vanity Fair‘s VF Blog reports that nutria, 20-pound river-dwelling rats that tend to thrive in Louisiana, are making a splash (!) when it comes to fur-trimmed menswear items this fall. Cute! And designers are already queuing up to put a super sexy spin on the trade:
“I love the masculinity of it. It’s sort of the bad-ass fur,’ [Alabama-based designer Billy] Reid explains. Gilles Mendel sourced his fall 2010 collection fur in Canada. ‘Tougher than mink,’ he says, adding that nutria’s combination of coarseness and shine lends it ‘a androgynous feeling’ and ‘a certain modernity.”
Well, gee guys, when ya put it that way … As if fur isn’t gross enough, did anyone really need to go there? You have to feel bad for this Billy Reid model, above. Hell, we even feel kinda bad for the rat. [Gawker via VF] Keep reading »
If you’re pregnant, try to eat healthy because eating junk food is bad for your baby. Duh. A study published in The Journal of Physiology found that female rats that were fed a diet of chips, cheese, muffins, and other processed foods throughout pregnancy and lactation had offspring that were overweight at birth and were born with a taste for junk food, kind of like babies whose moms used crack while they were in the womb. Female offspring were particularly affected by the mother’s diet. And don’t think this just applies to rodents: “Humans share a number of fundamental biological systems with rats, so there is good reason to assume the effects we see in rats may be repeated in humans,” said Neil Strickland, a professor at the Royal Veterinary College in London. [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »