I wrote an article the other day covering the epidemic of cancerous, vengeful rats and mice and birds that are murdering people en-masse in urban areas. Birds are obviously another animal, but it got me wondering: Are mice and rats really any different?
Or is it just a trick of naming that we use in order to feel better about ourselves?
We often do things to make ourselves feel better. When we found a cockroach in the house, my grandfather would say: ‘That’s not a cockroach. It’s a Palmetto Bug.’
Cockroaches reflect badly on you, as a person. Palmetto bugs are just bugs. Bugs are everywhere!
But get this: A Palmetto Bug is a cockroach! It’s a common type of cockroach. With a fancy name! Doesn’t it make you feel so much better? It makes me feel better. Cockroaches are hardcore. They’ll survive the apocalypse, they say. Palmetto bugs… who knows!
Is it the same deal for rats and mice?
Having rats in your house is bad. Having rats in your city is bad. It’s dirty. You don’t want to be in a dirty place like that.
Having mice in your house isn’t great either. But it happens. Sometimes they get in. It’s a part of life!
Let’s look at this in detail
Mice and rats. Both furry rodents that scare people and do gross stuff. They have many similarities, but are still considered by many to be different animals.
The people want to know: Are they actually different?
The answer is No, of course they aren’t.
Some scientists will argue with this, saying things like:
‘They are different sizes.’
‘Their tails are thicker or thinner.’
‘Their ears are a different shape, and a rat has a pointier face.’
and, last but not least
‘They have a different scientific name.’
That’s science for you! Always trying to be right. Always trying to make things complicated. Always going the extra mile to make you feel better about yourself. Let’s face it, there are people out there that are different sizes than me. Some are two feet shorter than me. Some are two feet taller. Some would have and extra two feet around the waistband. We don’t have tails to compare, but some have ears that are shaped differently than mine. My face is pointier than some. But we are all still people!
The real question is: ‘If you put one in a bucket and sealed it to your stomach, would it eventually eat it’s way out, thought your flesh?’
I don’t know the answer. A rat will eat through you, for sure. I’ve seen it in the movies. I don’t know about the mouse. Probably it will. You test it out and let me know.
The real question is: Are all of these lies worth it, in the long run?