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(Cracked)   Rats not only love being tickled but they actually giggle while it's happening. Surprisingly, none of this is a euphemism   (cracked.com) divider line
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2014-03-13 12:09:05 AM  
Not normally a rodent fan, but I kind of want to meet one of the specially bred giggly rats. Sounds cute... for a rat.
 
2014-03-13 12:17:20 AM  
When we must get the rats used to being those who are handled I will sometimes do the tickling of they. I sing to them the sweet lullaby and say FUR FUR SURFY TURF.

I do this same ritual at the end of the studies when we must do the sacrificing of they. I feel it gives to them ease before the destruction.
 
2014-03-13 4:37:37 AM  
Oh right, another cracked article. I swear these articles are the worst. Daily fail almost has content. ALMOST.
 
2014-03-13 5:43:42 AM  
I'm not naming any names, but I have someone in this thread favorited as 'stroke victim, foreigner or troll?'.
 
2014-03-13 6:08:08 AM  
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2014-03-13 6:19:30 AM  
My pet rat was one of the best pets I ever had. Super smart, came when he was called, rode my shoulder like a boss, loved to shove mashed potatoes into his face so fast his cheek pouches would overflow. I miss my buddy.
 
2014-03-13 6:50:17 AM  
There's a lot of ticklish animals out there.  The trick is in explaining why you're tickling animals.  For example, a girl who lived on a farm taught me that you can chase a sheep until it falls over and then tickle it.  It's hilarious to watch though pretty pointless.  It's one of those things that you do just to prove that you can.
 
2014-03-13 6:58:33 AM  

redsquid: I'm not naming any names, but I have someone in this thread favorited as 'stroke victim, foreigner or troll?'.


The answer, as usual, is C.
 
2014-03-13 7:14:39 AM  

Dracolich: There's a lot of ticklish animals out there.  The trick is in explaining why you're tickling animals.  For example, a girl who lived on a farm taught me that you can chase a sheep until it falls over and then tickle it.  It's hilarious to watch though pretty pointless.  It's one of those things that you do just to prove that you can.


That's a pretty slippery slope when it comes to sheep.
 
2014-03-13 8:46:03 AM  

redsquid: I'm not naming any names, but I have someone in this thread favorited as 'stroke victim, foreigner or troll?'.


It's a character he dons because he and others find it amusing to talk like a semi retarded pre literate Armenian actively having a stroke.

So he's not a troll, as such. He doesn't do it to annoy or irritate. Just block him. He's the only user I have blocked.
 
2014-03-13 8:58:52 AM  
I thought this was interesting:

As mentioned earlier, some rats like being tickled and some don't. Whether a rat enjoys tickling is a fairly stable individual trait and is associated with the rat's temperament. Rats that don't like being tickled tend to be anxious and neurotic in other ways, while rats that laugh during tickling tend to be friendlier and better able to deal with stress.

Since laughter during tickling is a stable temperamental trait, it can be selected for when breeding rats. That's right: Scientists have created a strain of rat that loves to be tickled. In just four generations, selective breeding can create rats that seek out tickling, play more, emit more laughter, and can be motivated to learn tasks if tickling is their reward.


So, people that suffer from depression, anxiety, difficulties dealing with stress, are antisocial, etc., are really just victims of poor breeding?
 
2014-03-13 3:05:11 PM  
Better rat tickling video than the one in the article:  http://youtu.be/j-admRGFVNM

Rats are smart little critters:  http://youtu.be/7g2rxtWu_FM

redsquid: I'm not naming any names, but I have someone in this thread favorited as 'stroke victim, foreigner or troll?'.


Laughter OL
 
2014-03-13 3:18:38 PM  
The rats I use in lab don't seem to be ticklish. But I use Sprague-Dawley rats and I think the ones in the study were hooded.
 
2014-03-13 4:42:52 PM  
Human beings aren't special. Full stop. You are merely animals that at this moment in time, on this planet, are the dominant species. That's it. This weird "oh we're humans we're special" is complete and utter bullshiat.
 
2014-03-14 1:08:41 PM  

Intelligent_Donkey: The rats I use in lab don't seem to be ticklish. But I use Sprague-Dawley rats and I think the ones in the study were hooded.


We "rescued" a couple Sprague-Dawley rats from a US Navy medical research lab.  My kids named them Pinky and Brainy.

They make great pets.  They're bred to be docile.

They're not ticklish, but they calm down when you pet them.
 
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