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(io9)   R.O.U.S.s do exist, and they're ravaging Gough island   (io9.com) divider line 51
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2012-05-24 04:12:37 PM  
On a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a bloodbath is underway. Unchecked hordes of gigantic house mice are devouring endangered baby seabirds en masse.

I say we nuke it from space. It's the only way to be sure.
 
2012-05-24 04:57:05 PM  
A SyFy channel monster flick come to life:



GIGANTORAT TERROR!
 
2012-05-24 05:16:20 PM  
Meh, simple fix. Import snakes to eat the mice.
 
2012-05-24 05:27:21 PM  
i27.photobucket.com

/
 
2012-05-24 06:43:03 PM  
This sounds like a job for that South Carolina rat snake from yesterday.
www.wltx.com
 
2012-05-24 06:44:35 PM  

Apos: A SyFy channel monster flick come to life:



GIGANTORAT TERROR!


I can see the sequel now! Giantorat vs. Boa vs. Python!
 
2012-05-24 06:47:31 PM  
caddisfly: This sounds like a job for that South Carolina rat snake from yesterday.
[www.wltx.com image 640x360]


Golf clap
 
2012-05-24 06:47:39 PM  

leonel: Apos: A SyFy channel monster flick come to life:



GIGANTORAT TERROR!

I can see the sequel now! Giantorat vs. Boa vs. Python!


GOD! Don't give them any more ideas!
 
2012-05-24 06:49:33 PM  
How many generations of selection for large, predatory mice have gone on in 150 years?
 
2012-05-24 06:52:18 PM  
gigantic house mice

How big are the houses exactly?


toraque: Meh, simple fix. Import snakes to eat the mice.


But aren't the snakes even worse?
 
2012-05-24 06:58:35 PM  

SwiftFox: How many generations of selection for large, predatory mice have gone on in 150 years?


It's a made up story. The writers are not even good liars. They say these mice get up 50% larger than regular mice and then later talks about mice that are 10 inches long without the tail. Which is it? Because 10 inches long is way way more than 50% larger.
 
2012-05-24 07:00:16 PM  

fusillade762: gigantic house mice

How big are the houses exactly?


toraque: Meh, simple fix. Import snakes to eat the mice.

But aren't the snakes even worse?


Nonsense! If the snakes get out of hand well just import snake-eating gorillas to take care of them.
 
2012-05-24 07:00:43 PM  
I thought it was a ruse.
 
2012-05-24 07:01:06 PM  
toraque
caddisfly
leonel


Im tired of these mother f****n snakes, in this mother f****n thread
 
2012-05-24 07:12:01 PM  
I killed a bunch of those in Freeside today.
 
2012-05-24 07:14:22 PM  
More importantly, I was pleased to learn that they named an island after me.
 
2012-05-24 07:15:34 PM  
toraque
caddisfly
leonel

Please don't take that the wrong way


/just having fun with your comments
 
2012-05-24 07:26:43 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: SwiftFox: How many generations of selection for large, predatory mice have gone on in 150 years?

It's a made up story. The writers are not even good liars. They say these mice get up 50% larger than regular mice and then later talks about mice that are 10 inches long without the tail. Which is it? Because 10 inches long is way way more than 50% larger.


There are different types of mice. Could also be that somebody confused rat for mouse.
 
2012-05-24 07:28:57 PM  

toraque: fusillade762: gigantic house mice

How big are the houses exactly?


toraque: Meh, simple fix. Import snakes to eat the mice.

But aren't the snakes even worse?

Nonsense! If the snakes get out of hand well just import snake-eating gorillas to take care of them.


And sure as rain, when wintertime rolls around, the gorillas will freeze to death. Problems solved!
 
2012-05-24 07:35:57 PM  
INCONCEIVABLE!
 
2012-05-24 07:36:08 PM  

Hacker_X: Benjimin_Dover: SwiftFox: How many generations of selection for large, predatory mice have gone on in 150 years?

It's a made up story. The writers are not even good liars. They say these mice get up 50% larger than regular mice and then later talks about mice that are 10 inches long without the tail. Which is it? Because 10 inches long is way way more than 50% larger.

There are different types of mice. Could also be that somebody confused rat for mouse.


Anyway, it's a good opportunity for some photographers to practice their forced perspective.
 
2012-05-24 07:40:53 PM  
Those are nothing compared to these R.O.U.S.s

/Have some at the Santa Barbara Zoo
 
2012-05-24 07:45:02 PM  
A couple million big mice? Big deal. Totalfarkers alone probably own enough house cats to take care of the problem. T
 
2012-05-24 07:46:02 PM  
This doesn't surprise me in the lice-st.

;)
 
2012-05-24 07:47:22 PM  
gigantic house mice

I know a mouse, and he hasn't got a house.
I don't know why I call him Gerald.
He's getting rather old, but he's a good mouse.
 
2012-05-24 07:59:12 PM  

Rodent of unusual size: toraque
caddisfly
leonel

Please don't take that the wrong way


/just having fun with your comments


It's too late... ;_;
 
2012-05-24 08:09:48 PM  
...the petrel chicks are in constant danger from house mice...

I don't think that mice are carnivorous, but if they are hungry enough I guess they would eat damn near anything

/stale pizza crust works well in a mouse trap
//fresh pizza crust, not so much... need the rigidity to trigger the neck-snapping swing bar
 
2012-05-24 08:13:35 PM  
As soon as they eat all the birds they'll die. Problem solved. Or they'll migrate. Either way, Gough island will be rous free.
 
2012-05-24 08:15:18 PM  

caddisfly: This sounds like a job for that South Carolina rat snake from yesterday.


Cept the rat snake also likes young tender little birdies.
And who can blame them.
 
2012-05-24 08:19:27 PM  
There's no houses on the island because nobody lives on the island. How can there be house mice?!
 
2012-05-24 08:28:57 PM  
i.imgur.com

/This calls for scientific research!
 
2012-05-24 08:42:26 PM  
I have an idea for an intervention using live traps and an incinerator, but I think the ADL wouldn't like my idea of a Mauschwitz.
 
2012-05-24 08:44:45 PM  

Badgers: [i.imgur.com image 640x436]

/This calls for scientific research!


Aww-uh.
 
2012-05-24 09:01:44 PM  
This article led to me reading about the little population of people who live on Tristan da cunha, near Gough island. Pretty interesting.
 
2012-05-24 09:09:51 PM  
I'm afraid the birds are doomed. Nobody is going to care because nobody knows how pronounce "Gough".
 
2012-05-24 09:39:20 PM  

Badgers: [i.imgur.com image 640x436]

/This calls for scientific research!


That picture really needs a caption.
 
2012-05-24 10:17:14 PM  
little teef.
 
2012-05-24 11:08:41 PM  
Did subby say Rousey?

blogs.telegraph.co.uk

www.mma-core.com
 
2012-05-24 11:25:07 PM  
Invasive species suck. And R.O.U.S didn't like fire, if remember correctly
 
2012-05-25 12:18:40 AM  

ordinarysteve: Invasive species suck. And R.O.U.S didn't like fire, if remember correctly


Don't forget the lightning sand!
 
2012-05-25 12:39:12 AM  
On the bright side, you should see less crap on your car.

/you're welcome
 
2012-05-25 12:52:53 AM  
I think they have more to worry about. this is google maps at the weather station on the south side of the island.


View Larger Map">Link
 
2012-05-25 12:55:31 AM  
Try this again.

Link

/stupid series of tubes
 
2012-05-25 01:21:17 AM  
Rodent of unusual size: On the bright side, you should see less crap on your car.

/you're welcome


But more rodent turds of unusual size everywhere else.
 
2012-05-25 01:28:37 AM  

Hacker_X: Benjimin_Dover: SwiftFox: How many generations of selection for large, predatory mice have gone on in 150 years?

It's a made up story. The writers are not even good liars. They say these mice get up 50% larger than regular mice and then later talks about mice that are 10 inches long without the tail. Which is it? Because 10 inches long is way way more than 50% larger.

There are different types of mice. Could also be that somebody confused rat for mouse.


CJ: shiat, my Aunt Shaneequa used to live over there! But that biatch got evicted though.
Mahalik: For what?
CJ: Mice.
Mahalik: I thought she had rats?
CJ: No, rats are outside, mice are inside.
Mahalik: But what if a mouse goes outside does it become a rat, and if a rat is in the house, is it a mouse?
CJ: I ain't seen no mouse outside. That's what I'm sayin'.
Mahalik: That's because it's a rat, fool!
CJ: Damn! You mighta just made fact. That's some real shiat right there!
 
2012-05-25 01:29:44 AM  
oh and...
cdn2.dailycaller.com
 
2012-05-25 01:51:32 AM  
SOoooo... io9... can we have a talk about your use of JS? Because I like you and all, but. Y'know.

In other news the "50% bigger/10" w/o tail" comes from National Geographic which lends it some credibility.
 
2012-05-25 02:32:05 AM  
Ah those have to be the evil Roekillik not the peace loving Ratongas that we all know and love.
 
2012-05-25 07:42:05 AM  

butt-nuggets: ...the petrel chicks are in constant danger from house mice...

I don't think that mice are carnivorous, but if they are hungry enough I guess they would eat damn near anything

/stale pizza crust works well in a mouse trap
//fresh pizza crust, not so much... need the rigidity to trigger the neck-snapping swing bar


they should just have the people who work at the weather station order pizzas every night, set out the crust they dont eat, and just watch the population of mice begin to shrivel.

Right? Guys? Right?
 
2012-05-25 09:10:39 AM  
ROUS? I don't think they exist.
 
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