Posted: 2:53 am EDT
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Rats and diplomacy: An unhealthy stew http://t.co/82mNHb5L4z Rats in cafeteria rattle State Department employees
— Al Kamen (@KamenIntheLoop) June 9, 2015
We have it in good authority that there is now a hopeless new Sounding Board topic that says, “Please don’t share the Sounding Board with Al Kamen.”
C’mon, folks. Don’t do this. People should be able to talk freely about rodents and critters with whoever they want, even Al. Like the song goes … ♫ let it go, let it go, don’t hold back, it’s only about the damn rats ♬
Oh, but there’s something else, please cover your eyes if you don’t want to see this but … last year somebody unearthed a Mike Causey column from the Washington Post that talks about … you guess it, rats. The Ghost of DC says this was published on October 7th, 1968.
State Department Full of Rats http://t.co/XxebSoPOQV
— Ghosts of DC (@GhostsofDC) May 23, 2014
1968! That was before all of you were born.
But there’s good news. An average rat’s life span is 2-3 years. The bad news? Apparently, according to Discover Magazine, a female rat can mate as many as 500 times with various males during a six-hour period of receptivity—a state she experiences about 15 times per year. Thus a pair of brown rats can produce as many as 2,000 descendants in a year if left to breed unchecked. See 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Rats
Ugh! So, clearly, the old plan from 1968 still works: the rats must be stopped now before the Government gets bogged down in another unwanted ground war. Sign-up sheets over there.