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(Extreme Tech)   Robot rat bullies real rats into depression... for science   (extremetech.com) divider line 31
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2013-02-19 11:05:47 AM  
It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you give it your lunch money.
 
2013-02-19 11:49:11 AM  
Bullying awareness needs to be increased in the rodent population. We are not vermin deserving of being treated as a lower form of life, being forced to live in inhumane conditions, having to scrounge crumbs to feed our ever growing families. RATS ARE PEOPLE TOO, DAMMIT!
 
2013-02-19 11:54:18 AM  
Pinky!  Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

...I think so, Brain, but how do we get the tops off the Zoloft bottles without opposable thumbs?
 
2013-02-19 12:22:54 PM  
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2013-02-19 12:24:17 PM  
Will it eventually start looking for Sarah Connor?.
 
2013-02-19 12:32:47 PM  
Who the hell would make a robot to depress rats? The Japanese. Ah. Now I understand.
 
2013-02-19 12:33:08 PM  
We do what we must, because we can.
 
2013-02-19 12:37:11 PM  
Is this the work of Dr. Nimnull, or Rattigan?
 
2013-02-19 12:37:31 PM  
Bullying might have knocked Ted Kazcynski off his rocker.  Just sayin.
 
2013-02-19 12:43:52 PM  
Asshole-Deetoo.
 
2013-02-19 12:44:26 PM  
I want a robot rat bully.
 
2013-02-19 12:53:49 PM  
cdn.ebaumsworld.com
 
2013-02-19 12:57:28 PM  
The most depressed rat I ever saw was in a Wrigley Field restroom.
 
2013-02-19 01:10:10 PM  

Fano: Is this the work of Dr. Nimnull, or Rattigan?


Dr. Baxter Stockman

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2013-02-19 01:21:40 PM  
Just the other day, I was wishing there was a pill I could take to help me cope with the guy who attacks me for five seconds every time I move.
 
2013-02-19 01:32:53 PM  
Yes, but is the rat Stainless Steel?
 
2013-02-19 01:38:59 PM  
Can someone test my hypothesis that people might be less depressed if they were just given a couple of healthy and happy pet rats instead of medication.

/poor little ratties.
 
2013-02-19 01:43:01 PM  
  This just in.  Body armor cures depression.
 
2013-02-19 01:53:46 PM  

MrBallou: Fano: Is this the work of Dr. Nimnull, or Rattigan?

Dr. Baxter Stockman

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None of the above

images.wikia.com

/for science
//you monster
 
2013-02-19 01:57:53 PM  

McRat: Can someone test my hypothesis that people might be less depressed if they were just given a couple of healthy and happy pet rats instead of medication.

/poor little ratties.


I haven't gone through the list, but at least I didn't use the sarcastic "let me google that for you" website :-)
 
2013-02-19 02:13:09 PM  

McRat: Can someone test my hypothesis that people might be less depressed if they were just given a couple of healthy and happy pet rats instead of medication.

/poor little ratties.


The problem is that you need re-dosing every 2-3 years, as the ratties pass on to the Rainbow Bridge.

Anyway, my kids have "adopted" Sprague-Dawley rats retired from a US Navy Medical Research laboratory (from control groups), so I am getting a kick out of these replies

/calm down, angry twitchy adoptive parents, I wasn't comparing your precious adopted snowflakes to rats
//have adopted kids too
 
2013-02-19 02:39:59 PM  
This is invaluable research. One day I hope to develop robot rats that can bully humans into depression.
 
2013-02-19 02:43:13 PM  

Kangaroo_Ralph: Just the other day, I was wishing there was a pill I could take to help me cope with the guy who attacks me for five seconds every time I move.


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2013-02-19 05:29:03 PM  
Bully Rats will soon be available for rental from exterminators. They will drive out vermin by being totally obnoxious, and will be rented by those people who don't like the idea of traps and killing, and those other people who are just plain sadistic.

The rats will party hardy, slam car doors all night and day, and rev the engines of their tiny motorbikes under rat windows. They will also have noisy sex with squeaky toys designed for cats and dogs.

Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat you senseless with hockey sticks.
 
2013-02-19 05:35:27 PM  
I used to own rats.  This is a little... disturbing.  I mean, I know this goes on, and it's ultimately very beneficial to medical science.  But still... actually reading about how they make rats depressed is kinda depressing.

/Henry Rollins had a funny bit about his job as the lab rat "disposer"
//also a little depressing
 
2013-02-19 05:37:28 PM  
tfwiki.net

Shut up, Rattrap!
 
2013-02-19 06:18:39 PM  
Lovely.
 
2013-02-19 07:56:26 PM  

McRat: Can someone test my hypothesis that people might be less depressed if they were just given a couple of healthy and happy pet rats instead of medication.

/poor little ratties.


Works pretty well, except when it comes time for them to go the Bridge.  I've encountered few things as depressing as holding and comforting a dying rattie.
 
2013-02-19 09:47:04 PM  

RatMaster999: McRat: Can someone test my hypothesis that people might be less depressed if they were just given a couple of healthy and happy pet rats instead of medication.

/poor little ratties.

Works pretty well, except when it comes time for them to go the Bridge.  I've encountered few things as depressing as holding and comforting a dying rattie.


According to zealous headlines about advancements that should extend human life, I don't understand why rats don't live to be a hundred years old.
 
2013-02-20 02:52:47 AM  

Parthenogenetic: McRat: Can someone test my hypothesis that people might be less depressed if they were just given a couple of healthy and happy pet rats instead of medication.

/poor little ratties.

The problem is that you need re-dosing every 2-3 years, as the ratties pass on to the Rainbow Bridge.

Anyway, my kids have "adopted" Sprague-Dawley rats retired from a US Navy Medical Research laboratory (from control groups), so I am getting a kick out of these replies

/calm down, angry twitchy adoptive parents, I wasn't comparing your precious adopted snowflakes to rats
//have adopted kids too


Oh, we know you weren't comparing their adopted kids to rats.  Rats are far better behaved and cuter on average :D

And adding to the data points that ratties definitely work for treating depression...save for the times when their little ratty bodies finally fail them and they pass from the world.  (You get to know them JUST long enough to get really, really attached to them and end up heartbroken when their time is up in the world.  Doubly so if you're lucky enough to have a rattie who is a veritable Methuselah and almost makes it to 4.)

That said...while they're with you, they do tend to be a wonderful treatment for depression.  (Actually at one point had three rats that were actually named in an antidepressant theme--little Prozac, Zoloft, and Sera (short for Serotonin) who to this day was the loveyest, lickiest rat I've ever been owned by.  That should tell you how effective the little gals were as antidepressants--better than drugs in my case.)

/have not had rats in some time, and still miss rats in my life now and again
//I can has Raturday thread to make up for the fact that the concept of actively depressing rats is making me rather depressed?
 
2013-02-20 05:55:45 AM  

Great Porn Dragon: Parthenogenetic: McRat: Can someone test my hypothesis that people might be less depressed if they were just given a couple of healthy and happy pet rats instead of medication.

/poor little ratties.

The problem is that you need re-dosing every 2-3 years, as the ratties pass on to the Rainbow Bridge.

Anyway, my kids have "adopted" Sprague-Dawley rats retired from a US Navy Medical Research laboratory (from control groups), so I am getting a kick out of these replies

/calm down, angry twitchy adoptive parents, I wasn't comparing your precious adopted snowflakes to rats
//have adopted kids too

Oh, we know you weren't comparing their adopted kids to rats.  Rats are far better behaved and cuter on average :D

And adding to the data points that ratties definitely work for treating depression...save for the times when their little ratty bodies finally fail them and they pass from the world.  (You get to know them JUST long enough to get really, really attached to them and end up heartbroken when their time is up in the world.  Doubly so if you're lucky enough to have a rattie who is a veritable Methuselah and almost makes it to 4.)

That said...while they're with you, they do tend to be a wonderful treatment for depression.  (Actually at one point had three rats that were actually named in an antidepressant theme--little Prozac, Zoloft, and Sera (short for Serotonin) who to this day was the loveyest, lickiest rat I've ever been owned by.  That should tell you how effective the little gals were as antidepressants--better than drugs in my case.)

/have not had rats in some time, and still miss rats in my life now and again
//I can has Raturday thread to make up for the fact that the concept of actively depressing rats is making me rather depressed?


Our last boy passed about three weeks ago.  This is the first time I've been ratless in almost 10 years.  I'd really like to get some more, but there are other issues that need dealing with before I bring anyone else into the household.
 
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