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(Scientific American)   The question on everyone's mind: Did the NYC rats survive Sandy   (blogs.scientificamerican.com ) divider line
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2012-10-31 12:15:48 PM  
Yes, I saw Guiliani on Fox News.
 
2012-10-31 12:19:25 PM  
FTFA: The short answer is: some rats drowned, some survived.

OK then, now that we've solved that mystery.
 
2012-10-31 12:27:42 PM  
I spent three days in Manhattan a couple of years ago, doing lots of walking around in lots of neighborhoods, riding the subway at all hours, and I didn't see one rat. Especially when I was on the train, I actively looked for them. I was terribly disappointed.

I did watch pigeons drink from a water fountain inside the SI Ferry terminal, though.
 
2012-10-31 12:35:34 PM  
Rats? Who cares about the rats?

Did the C.H.U.D.s make it out okay?
 
2012-10-31 12:38:55 PM  

toraque: Rats? Who cares about the rats?

Did the C.H.U.D.s make it out okay?


Already answered, Guiliani was on Fox News.
 
2012-10-31 12:40:09 PM  
Rat King
 
2012-10-31 12:41:06 PM  
Most of them, assuredly.
 
2012-10-31 12:45:06 PM  
the only way to kill giant rats is a flood 

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-31 12:49:46 PM  

toraque: Rats? Who cares about the rats?

Did the C.H.U.D.s make it out okay?



Heh! That's exactly what I came here to post.
 
2012-10-31 01:54:08 PM  
I used to see rats every day down on the tracks in Penn. Based on that, I'd estimate the total number of rats in NYC to be approximately 2-3 billion.

(Of course, it could have been the same rat I saw every day, in which case I'd need to revise my estimate down to around 14-15)

Interestingly, (or not), while large rats seem to be the norm on the subway, the PATH seems to be exclusively populated by tiny mice.
 
2012-10-31 02:05:54 PM  
They all moved to the lee of the stone before the storm came.
 
2012-10-31 02:26:43 PM  

toraque: Rats? Who cares about the rats?

Did the C.H.U.D.s make it out okay?


What about the Morlocks? The Mole People?
 
2012-10-31 02:27:15 PM  
Only the strong ones survived. Now we must deal with THEM.
 
2012-10-31 02:27:41 PM  
I was in new York for three days in May and didn't see any rats.

Now Washington DC? That city has some farking rats.
 
2012-10-31 02:28:46 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

My father hates rats
 
2012-10-31 02:28:46 PM  
CSB: During the flooding, we heard from a friend in NYC, who said the rats were leaving the sewers and climbing the trees. So yes, they survived.
 
2012-10-31 02:29:23 PM  
What about the underground dwelling hobos? We should send Jerry Springer down for a follow-up.
 
2012-10-31 02:29:33 PM  
Though I know rats are intelligent with a keen sense of survival, as a rat lover, I'm hesitant to click. Maybe I'll do it later.
 
2012-10-31 02:29:51 PM  

Chupacabra Sandwich: Now Washington DC? That city has some farking rats.


..but enough about Congress
 
2012-10-31 02:30:36 PM  

Shadow Blasko: They all moved to the lee of the stone before the storm came.


I'm sure Jenner is responsible for the ConEd explosion.
 
2012-10-31 02:30:51 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: CSB: During the flooding, we heard from a friend in NYC, who said the rats were leaving the sewers and climbing the trees. So yes, they survived.


Then the trees burned down.
 
2012-10-31 02:31:38 PM  

bwilson27: HotIgneous Intruder: CSB: During the flooding, we heard from a friend in NYC, who said the rats were leaving the sewers and climbing the trees. So yes, they survived.

Then the trees burned down.


Because the rats were drenched in gasoline and diesel contaminated water.
 
2012-10-31 02:31:51 PM  

Chupacabra Sandwich: I was in new York for three days in May and didn't see any rats.

Now Washington DC? That city has some farking rats.


Only ever saw dead rats in DC. But I saw a huge live one in Baltimore, 2 in the afternoon, just walking along the sidewalk minding his own business.
 
2012-10-31 02:33:38 PM  
How is Elvis and have you seen him lately?
 
2012-10-31 02:34:07 PM  
Now I can sleep tonight.
 
2012-10-31 02:34:31 PM  

TheHopeDiamond: Only the strong ones survived. Now we must deal with THEM.


Natural selection strikes again! Dammit!
 
2012-10-31 02:34:31 PM  

FrancoFile: Chupacabra Sandwich: I was in new York for three days in May and didn't see any rats.

Now Washington DC? That city has some farking rats.

Only ever saw dead rats in DC. But I saw a huge live one in Baltimore, 2 in the afternoon, just walking along the sidewalk minding his own business.


It's crazy really. During the day, all the little parks were full of squirrels, then as soon as it gets dark they're completely filled with rats. Giant farking rats.
 
2012-10-31 02:34:49 PM  
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2012-10-31 02:36:59 PM  
I knew a guy from Boston said they could get as big as a decent sized dog. He said they would naturally flee from humans, but if you cornered one it would go straight for your neck. I don't know if he was bullshiating me, or 'going for the neck' is ubiquitous to just Boston rats.
 
2012-10-31 02:36:59 PM  
www.thecityreview.com

"I'm walkin' here, I'M WALKIN' HEEE-YAAA!"

/obscure?
 
2012-10-31 02:37:15 PM  
rats can swim, can climb, and are smart (as rodents go.) I'd suspect the majority of them did fine
 
2012-10-31 02:37:44 PM  
I went to the park this morning. Ducks and squirrels are ok.
 
2012-10-31 02:37:51 PM  
The Wall St guys will be just fine.
 
2012-10-31 02:39:23 PM  

FrancoFile: Only ever saw dead rats in DC.



dead cats
dead rats
didja see where they were at, haaaaaaah-right!
thinkin' he can beat the slaughter
thinks he can steall my daughter yaaaah right
see the rat inside my brain
thinkin' it could be the same yeaaaah right
dead cats
dead rats
didja see where they were at
AWAAAAAAAAAY, AWAAAAY, AWAAAAY IN INDIA......
 
2012-10-31 02:39:36 PM  
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"Your average New Yorker eats a pound of rat crap a year"
 
2012-10-31 02:39:43 PM  

LeroyBourne: What about the underground dwelling hobos? We should send Jerry Springer down for a follow-up.


In all seriousness, this.

There were many many people who had set up camp in those tunnels. Finding and removing those who couldn't get out in time is not a job I would want.
 
2012-10-31 02:39:57 PM  
Forget the rats, how did the Morlocks fare?
 
2012-10-31 02:41:09 PM  
Of course they did, Republicans are harder to kill than that and Romney was not even in New York when Sandy hit.
 
2012-10-31 02:41:29 PM  

Chupacabra Sandwich: FrancoFile: Chupacabra Sandwich: I was in new York for three days in May and didn't see any rats.

Now Washington DC? That city has some farking rats.

Only ever saw dead rats in DC. But I saw a huge live one in Baltimore, 2 in the afternoon, just walking along the sidewalk minding his own business.

It's crazy really. During the day, all the little parks were full of squirrels, then as soon as it gets dark they're completely filled with rats. Giant farking rats.


with cocks -this- long!
 
2012-10-31 02:42:04 PM  

tlchwi02: rats can swim, can climb, and are smart (as rodents go.) I'd suspect the majority of them did fine


Yeah. They also aren't too bad at sensing weather changes and getting out of Dodge before the shiat hits the fan.
 
2012-10-31 02:43:37 PM  

LeroyBourne: I knew a guy from Boston said they could get as big as a decent sized dog. He said they would naturally flee from humans, but if you cornered one it would go straight for your neck. I don't know if he was bullshiating me, or 'going for the neck' is ubiquitous to just Boston rats.


Rats of Unusual Size?

/he was bullshiating you.
 
2012-10-31 02:43:38 PM  

Lunaville: Though I know rats are intelligent with a keen sense of survival, as a rat lover, I'm hesitant to click. Maybe I'll do it later.


Go for it. Not much being said really except, yes, some died and a lot didn't. But there is a neat video of rats learning to dive for food.
 
2012-10-31 02:46:25 PM  
"Did the NYC rats survive Sandy"

Pshaw. Implying that Willard wouldn't look after his own. For shame.

i373.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-31 02:46:32 PM  
If they didn't then the roaches are going to feast like they've never feasted before.
 
2012-10-31 02:46:47 PM  

cretinbob: Yes, I saw Guiliani on Fox News.


Republicans Of Unusual Sympathies? I don't believe they exist.
i13.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-31 02:47:27 PM  
I see the the king rat was spared....


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2012-10-31 02:48:42 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: cretinbob: Yes, I saw Guiliani on Fox News.

Republicans Of Unusual Sympathies? I don't believe they exist.
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Usually they are branded Rino's not Rous.
 
2012-10-31 02:49:28 PM  
New Yorkers complain about rats then put their trash by the curb in plastic bags.

Can't fix stupid.
 
2012-10-31 02:49:37 PM  
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2012-10-31 02:54:19 PM  

Chinchillazilla: Yeah. They also aren't too bad at sensing weather changes and getting out of Dodge before the shiat hits the fan.


even if they did perish in large numbers, the'll be back to their normal numbers within 6 months
 
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