If Surfers Evolved From Rats, Then Why Are There Surfing Rats?

Rat surfing

I try not to make too many off-topic posts. Every now and then, something freakin’ sweet comes along that appeals to one of my biases (such as puns and dirigibles), so I make an exception.

Here’s another. The photo above is from a story in the Daily Mail a few months ago about surfing rats.

Here is a YouTube video of a different set of ratical surfers. (Despite what the video says, those are not mice. They are Rattus norvegicus domesticus, the so-called “fancy” rat.)

The first mammals to evolve were rodents. We are direct descendants of rat-like critters. We have much in common with rats. The rat is sacred to some Hindus. The rat is one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Ronald Reagan declared 1983 as the Year of the Bible. Ha! One puny year! The Chinese give rats an entire year over and over again! Suck it, Bible!

At least I don’t have a squid fetish.

7 Responses to “If Surfers Evolved From Rats, Then Why Are There Surfing Rats?”

  1. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Yea right on! At least both of our animals of infatuation are vertebrates!

    ;-)

  2. Jeff Eyges Says:

    I love how that last one just jumps off at the end!

    If the rats had seemed frightened, it would bother me (I really can’t stand to see cruelty to animals. Or children. Adults are another matter…), but the incredible thing is that the rats don’t seem at all perturbed – which proves the creator designed them for surfing!

  3. freddies_dead Says:

    Rats are cool, make great pets and are smarter than fundies.

  4. Warren Says:

    I’m assuming you’ve read Rats By (I think) Robert Sullivan. I’ve just started it but only 60 or so pages in and I find it extremely fascinating, if you love rats it really is a must read.

  5. Ron Britton Says:

    I’m assuming you’ve read Rats By (I think) Robert Sullivan.

    I have several other rat books. I didn’t get that one, because the reviews of the other books were better.

  6. freddies_dead Says:

    I’ve read The Rats by James Herbert but I guess that’s not really the sort of book you’re looking for if you like rats

  7. Ron Britton Says:

    There’s a lot of anti-rat propaganda out there. It’s all a pack of lies.