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Are you never more than 6ft away from a rat?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

It's a saying that seems almost deliberately contrived to get a reaction, but isn't exactly clear where the adage comes from.

It may derive from the former Ministry of Agriculture, suggests rodent expert Prof Rob Smith from the University of Huddersfield. They circulated many public health announcements to promote hygiene in homes.

It is also associated with another commonly quoted statistic, that the population of rats outnumbers the population of humans.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

I'm always close to my rats.


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:16 PM

"Are you never more than 6ft away from a rat?"

I live next to one, and he has learned to walk on two legs.


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

Well, since all my uncles have practiced in law, during family reunions, it's true.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

Everytime I go to a cash machine I'm no more than a foot away from a huge amount of cash.....sadly its not mine

I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:03 AM

I own pet rats so guess this would be true...


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

There has been rats scurrying around the block of flats that I live in in Bolton.

Fortunately I've only had a few field mice in my flat - there is a large field just in front of the block - and, even more fortunately, my cat usually captures and kills them.  My next door neighbour, however, has seen gigantic rats scurrying about in his flat.  He once woke up after falling asleep on the settee and saw a rat run behind the armchair.  His and Malcolm, who used to live in the flat upstairs, ended up moving all the furniture in his living room to look for it put it had gone.  He once came back home from holiday and, when entering his kitchen, he saw a rat on his kitchen sideboard.  Even more scarily he once woke up in bed one morning and saw a rat on his bedside cabinet, just feeta way from him.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

I also have pet rats so, very true for me :)
Brilliant animals, rats are.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:35 AM

lol - well there are a lot of rats, i was more than 6ft from one today ;)


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:00 AM

Actually ,you are never more than six feet from a spider ,no matter where you live .
I'm not even sure if beaches or freezing places,are exempt .

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:20 AM

I live in Alberta Canada, we are rat free here and the province spends millions yearly keeping it that way. Now I have alway heard it being spiders as well, creeps me out.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:29 AM

View Postdaavin, on 27 December 2012 - 05:20 AM, said:

I live in Alberta Canada, we are rat free here and the province spends millions yearly keeping it that way. Now I have alway heard it being spiders as well, creeps me out.

Agreed!!  They are so alien looking like this lovely cane spider we have in HawaiiAttached File  DSC_0358.jpeg   53.67K   2 downloads
They get pretty big but are generally harmless.  

Regardless, I'd rather have a rat near me any day.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

Rats are a major problem here on the farm. We have to employ the services of Ol' Maurice and his son every month or so. They bring their Jack Russel terriers down and lively fun is had in and out of the barns and stables for a couple of hours!

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:34 PM

View Postealdwita, on 27 December 2012 - 12:27 PM, said:

Rats are a major problem here on the farm. We have to employ the services of Ol' Maurice and his son every month or so. They bring their Jack Russel terriers down and lively fun is had in and out of the barns and stables for a couple of hours!

Wild rats are quite annoying and so difficult to get rid of but someone once told me that you have to mark your territory so, maybe if you urinated in the areas where they lived they will get the hint... I certainly wouldn't want to live where someone peed.  lol

I know for sure that rat urine will keep mice away since they are mortal enamies in the wild.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:42 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 27 December 2012 - 05:00 AM, said:

Actually ,you are never more than six feet from a spider ,no matter where you live .
I'm not even sure if beaches or freezing places,are exempt .
That's what I had heard too, that you are never more than six feet from a spider...*shudders*
Reminds me of what someone had posted in a different forum...a picture of a house on fire and underneath the caption "well I accidentally caught the house on fire, but I think I got the spider..."

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