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(Extreme Tech)   Robot rat bullies real rats into depression... for science   (extremetech.com) divider line 12
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1518 clicks; posted to Geek » on 19 Feb 2013 at 12:22 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-02-19 01:38:59 PM  
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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 01:32:53 PM  
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Yes, but is the rat Stainless Steel?
2013-02-19 11:49:11 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:47:04 PM  
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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.
2013-02-19 07:56:26 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:35:27 PM  
1 votes:
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 05:29:03 PM  
1 votes:
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 02:13:09 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:57:53 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:57:28 PM  
1 votes:
The most depressed rat I ever saw was in a Wrigley Field restroom.
2013-02-19 12:37:11 PM  
1 votes:
Is this the work of Dr. Nimnull, or Rattigan?
2013-02-19 11:54:18 AM  
1 votes:
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?
 
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