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2008 Year of the Rat

Updated on August 21, 2013

Were You Born In The Year of the Rat?

For those not familiar with Chinese astrology, the most recent "Year of the Rat" was 2008 and won't return until 2020.

In western culture, (synonymous with the "rat race"), it's surprising indeed that the appearance of this redoubtable rodent is so unwelcome, except perhaps on Halloween.

This light-hearted lens is dedicated to all things "rat" -- be it "rat cheese", "ratafia", or "ratatouille"! Believe it or not, this lens won Squidoo's prestigious "Lens of the Day" Award.

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Image Credit: ewingfashionagency.wordpress.com/2008/02/05

LENS OF THE DAY - A Very Big Thank You to Squidoo!

I wish to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the editorial and technical team of Squidoo, many talented lensmasters of this site, and of course, the enthusiastic visitors to this light-hearted lens about the humble rat -- all of whom have made this award possible on January 10, 2008. -- H.R.H. Quipping Queen & Empress of Eccentricity

I DON'T MIND THE RAT RACE BUT I COULD DO WITH A LITTLE MORE CHEESE PLEASE! (Image Credit: shalulu9@flickr.com)

I DON'T MIND THE RAT RACE BUT I COULD DO WITH A LITTLE MORE CHEESE PLEASE! (Image Credit: shalulu9@flickr.com)
I DON'T MIND THE RAT RACE BUT I COULD DO WITH A LITTLE MORE CHEESE PLEASE! (Image Credit: shalulu9@flickr.com)

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IT'S AN HONOR TO BE BORN A RAT!

Rats have been given a bad rap in Western Culture, judging from pejorative terms like "He's a Rat Fink!", or "I don't give a Rat's Ass what you think!"

In China, the rat is a respected intuitive creature, synonymous with courage and an enterprising character. Rats know how to come up with solutions, take care of themselves and others without problems.

Besides being curious and intelligent with a vivid imagination, rats are very lively and need oodles of attention (mental and physical stimulation).

To sum it up, the positive side of the rat personality includes being easy-going, smart, magnetic, quick witted and well-liked! On the flip side, rats have also been known to be a tad cool, calculating, selfish, and protective when they're not in top form.

What motivates Rats? You guessed it -- money and status. Occupations particularly suitable for people born in the "Year of the Rat" include: spy, psychiatrist, writer, politician, laywer, engineer, accountant, detective, actor and pathologist.

"Earth Rats" (those born in 1948 and 2008), are said to be very honorable folk who love to do things around the home and enjoy a stable life. Although a titch stingy with their moolah, they are cheerful with friends although are prone to stress.

For more on the little known life of ratties, and what to expect from these ripsnorting rodents in 2008, don't hesitate to check out what makes a rat tick!

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Note: Persons born within the following date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Rat":

Feb. 18, 1912- Feb. 5, 1913

Feb. 5, 1924 - Jan. 24, 1925

Jan. 24, 1936 - Feb. 10, 1937

Feb. 10, 1948 - January 28, 1949

Jan. 28, 1960 - Feb. 14, 1961

Feb. 15, 1972 - Feb. 2, 1973

Feb. 2, 1984 - Feb. 19, 1985

Feb. 19, 1996 - Feb. 6, 1997

For those who love tidbits of trivia, Canada is home to oodles of beavers, bears, and bugs ..but it's also home to more than two million "rat" folks.

GANESHA AND THE RAT

Ganesha is the Hindu God of Knowledge, Intelligence, Scholarship and Good Luck. As Lord of Success and Victory of Adversity, he symbolizes the unity of the Small Being, (man), with the Great Being (elephant).

Ganesha is often shown riding on a rat's back or attended in some way by a rat. Since rats are seen as being capable of gnawing their way through most things, the rat symbolizes Ganesh's ability to destroy every obstacle, a perfect companion for "Ganesh, The Remover of All Obstacles".

Like the elephant, he can pass through the thickest growth of wild forest by uprooting everything in his path. And, like the rat, he can also slip through the narrow spaces and thick walls. And, the Atman (soul), symbolized by the rat, is capable of hiding itself behind the inscrutable shape of illusion, and finding a place of solace within the mind and heart of every being.

RIPSNORTING RAT QUOTATIONS

1. "Quoth Hudibras, 'I smell a rat; Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate." (Part i. Canto i, Line 489, Hudibras, Samuel Butler, 17th century poet)

2. "By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation." (Edmund Burke, 18th century Irish statesman)

3. "The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with bated breath." (W.C. Fields, American comedian, 1880-1446.

4. "You dirty, double-crossing rat." (James Cagney, American actor, 1889-1986.

5. "The success of the Rat Pack or the Clan was due to the camaraderie, the three guys who work together, and kid each other, and love each other." (Sammy Davis Jr., American entertainer, 1925-1990)

6. "ratt-rime - Originally, a rhyme or piece of poetry used in killing rats. The term...came to mean halting metres, doggerel, a tirade of nonsense. [Jamieson]The fanciful idea that rats were commonly rhymed to death in Ireland arose probably from some metrical charm or incantation used there for that purpose. [Nares]"

The Word Museum - The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten, Jeffrey Kacirk, Simon & Schuster, 2000, p. 157)

7. "We all love the environment but we have placed creatures above people. A rat is a rat." (Sony Bono, American musician, 1935-1998)

8. "I'm taking my rats. Those are my friends for the tour. Thelma and Louise. They're so cute". (Santiz Pink, American singer, b. 1979)

9. "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." (Lily Tomlin, American actress/comedian, b. 1939)

10. "You learned the two greatest things in life, never rat on your friends, and keep your mouth shut." (Robert De Niro, American actor b. 1943)

11. "You can't be friends with a squirrel. A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit." (Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress, b. 1965)

12. "I wouldn't mind the rat race - if the rats would lose once in a while." (Tom Wilson, American cartoonist, 1931-1978)

13. "This is me. I think it's apparent that I need to rethink my life a little bit. I can't help myself. I... I like good food, ok? And... good food is... hard for a rat to find!" -- Remy (Rat), quote from "Ratatouille" movie.

14. "He who dislikes the cat, was in his former life a rat." -- Anonymous

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Image Credit: shutterstock.com/45076027.jpg

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Gym Rats are the kings of wacky workouts!

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Ratatouille
Ratatouille

For rats who've visited Paris, love wine, or just adore French cuisine.

 

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT RATS AND NEVER DARED TO ASK!

According to the Google search engine there are no less than 123 million web pages devoted to one of the most reviled members of the animal kingdom (according to Western philosophers, scientists and theologians), the "rat".

Did you know that rats have oodles of stamina and strength? Why they can swim three days without taking a break, mate and produce a litter of 60 or 70 offspring in one year not to mention survive nuclear radiation!

Believe it or not, Amazon.com has 200,137 book references to rats.

Of course the humble name "RAT" can refer to many things:

- Rope Access Technology which is great if you want to avoid getting your knickers in a knot, or a Robust Audio Tool if you're into multicasting mirth and mayhem all over the place!

On the other hand, maybe if you want to run around in circles you can sign up for The Rat Race held every year in the Land of Beavers, Bugs and Blue Rodeo.

Of course, if one is of the babyboomer vintage, one might even recall the mellow music of "The Rat Pack" - Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Joey Davis. Today's hip generation are more likely to trip the light fantastic with the "The Lava Rats" (a trio of hard-rocking surf musicians from California), Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, tunes from the RAT (Reject All Tobacco) Pack, hot dance numbers from the Jamaican reggae artist, Red Rat or The Sound of Rat - A Hip Hop Musical Spoof performed by Theatre Inconnu.

So you're not a bookworm, you've got two left feet and can't hold a tune, and to top it off, you're a dweeb when it comes to new technology. Well perhaps you'd care to befriend the Black Rat Snake. It's Canada's largest (tree-dwelling) snake (2.5 m. in length), found only in Ontario (also known as God's country), all the way down to the Eastern U.S. as far as Texas (where they use them for target practice).

If that doesn't grab your fancy, why not visit Rat's Nest Cave a carboniferous underground limestone cavern beneath Grotto Mountain just outside of Canmore, Alberta.

Silver screen buffs might watch "Rat" (a family comedy, with the unforgettable tagline, "He might eat maggots and live in a cage but he's still our Dad", or "One Rat Short", (the 2006 Cannes short film winner), or Disney's animated cartoon, Ratatouille (Rat-a-too-ee).

(Cartoon by Ian Marsden)

(Cartoon by Ian Marsden)
(Cartoon by Ian Marsden)

2008 - THE YEAR OF THE RAT

The "Rat" is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor invited the animals for a party. The first of 12 to arrive was the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and lastly, the Pig. All the animals were named after the 12-year cycle that governs Chinese life thereafter.

Various versions of the Rat's story are particularly revealing about his character.

One version has it that, towards the end of the journey, the animals had to cross a celestial river, and the Rat asked the Ox to ferry him across. When they arrived on the other side, the Rat jumped down off the Ox's head and that's how gained first spot in the order of the Chinese zodiac.

Those born in the "Year of the Rat" are clever, ambitious, creative, hard-working, fastidious, charming and sociable, but can be a bit stingy when it comes to sharing their wealth or possessions.

Rats are compatible with Dragons, Monkeys and Oxen, but should avoid Horses at all costs.

In the "Year of the Rat", we can expect 12 months of plentiful opportunities and prospects not to mention being relatively free of turbulence, (which is great to know especially if you're planning on making some long-term investments, starting new projects, or keeping the home fires burning brightly).

It's also a rather fine time to socialise and grab a sumptuous meal or two with friends and family!

A vintage varmint on the loose? (Image Courtesy of Julie Wilson@flickr.com)

A vintage varmint on the loose? (Image Courtesy of Julie Wilson@flickr.com)
A vintage varmint on the loose? (Image Courtesy of Julie Wilson@flickr.com)

RAT INVESTMENT PROSPECTS

If you need a financial forecast, ask a Feng Shui master!

Feng Shui is popular across East Asia; it relies on movements of the cosmos as well as placement of physical objects (be it doors, windows, and furniture) and arrangement of space for facilitate a "flow of wealth".

Those who believe in this ancient wisdom and practice also use it to improve their wealth, health and personal relationships.

But for those looking for a leg up in the market might want to pay attention to prognostications of the following pundits.

Vincent Koh, a Feng Shui Master in Singapore suggests that "the rat will become aggressive at the tail end of the year and its underlying water element will cool the stock market."

Raymond Lo, a Feng Shui Master in Hong Kong expects that industries linked to earth and metal signs (property, mining and gold) will flourish during the "Year of the Rat". He predicts that stock markets will be soft this year, as a strong water element affects the fire of the markets, which means a lot of correction in 2008.

One regional brokerage house, CLSA, issued a Feng Shui client note which predicted that the stock market would rise from May to August and that the U.S. dollar would remain weak.

On the other hand, those looking for the answer as to who will win "Euro 2012", the "Summer Olympics in London" or the upcoming U.S. presidential elections in 2012...might be well advised to consult the stars in the heavens above before placing their bets!

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Image Credit: vectorstock.com/proud-rat-cartoon-vector.jpg

RATATOUILLE

"Ratatouille", is a traditional French stewed vegetable dish (which is considered most unpalatable to the average American tongue and far too difficult to pronounce, especially for those with a southern drawl or a country twang).

All of which suggests why the folks from Disney Pixar films decided to make a funny feature entitled, "Ratatouille - Rat-a-too-ee" about a rat named "Remy" who dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes. Our hero has only a few problems to contend with 1) getting lost in a sewer, 2) finding out his cooking idol has kicked the bucket, 3) befriending an unusual ally, a Parisian restaurant garbage collector, and 4) overcoming the rat-hating world of humans.

"Ratatouille" is recommended for those who love limp veggies, subtle humor, heart-warming rodents or mirthful movies that almost won an Oscar!

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"Ratatouille" now available in DVD or Blu-ray format from Disney Pixar Films.

RIDICULOUS RATTY STUFF

All manner of things you don't know about "rats"!

RATS TO RATATOUILLE!

"Remy" the haute-cuisine-loving rat, and hero of Disney's animated feature film, "Ratatouille - Rat-a-too-ee" might have made it onto the label of Ratatouille Chardonnay wine to have been released jointly by Disney, Pixar, and American consumer retail giant, Costco. But, as fate would have it, the product had to be pulled from the production line in the face of stiff criticism from California winemakers and opponents of under-age drinking.

Perhaps this leaves the door open for these funny folks to get in touch with another group of American grape gurus, Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, or perhaps the Red Rat Craft Brewery in the United Kingdom, to provide a whole whack of free movie passes to all their patrons!

And if all this doesn't knock your socks off, maybe you'll be impressed by the fact that the Annals of Improbable Research, (who award the "Ig Noble Prize" honoring some of the strangest scientific research of the year), gave the prize for linguistics to a group of scientists who found that rats are unable to tell the diffrence between a person speaking Japanese backwards and someone speaking Dutch backwards. Moral to this sad scientific story: Make sure the rat you buy can speak English!

DAZZLING DESTINATIONS FOR RAT-LOVERS

Those born in the "Year of the Rat" will be pleased to know they have plenty of rat-friendly landmarks to visit this year.

Judging from the plethora of rat-inspired placenames and geographic features in the USA, Americans share a deep affinity with these rambunctious rodents.

So without further ado, here are some rather fine places to plop down:

Populated Places:

-- Rat, Ohio

-- Ratamosa, Texas

-- Rat Farm, California

-- Ratliff, Kentucky

-- Rat Row, Ohio

-- Ratscat, New Mexico

-- Ratsville, Ohio

-- Rats Windmill, New Mexico

-- Ratto Winery, California

-- Ratto Landing, California

-- Rat Trap Gap Trailhead, California

Landmarks That Pay Tribute to the Humble Rat

-- Big Rat Lake, Alaska

-- Cactus Rat Mine, Utah

-- Lake Rat Bois, Louisianna

-- Little Rat Creek, Wyoming

-- Mt. Rat, Connecticut

-- Pack Rat Canyon, Nevada

-- Pack Rat Mine (found in Colorado and New Mexico)

-- Pack Rat Spring (found in Arizona and Oregon)

-- Pack Rat Well, Arizona

-- Pack Rat Hill, Arizona

-- Rat Butte (summit), Oregon

-- Rat Bayou, Louisianna

-- Rat Branch (stream), Tennessee

-- Rat Creek (found in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)

-- Rat Farm Pond (lake), Idaho

-- Rat Farm Lake, Minnesota

-- Rat Hill, (summit), California

-- Rat House Lake, Minnesota

-- Rat Island (found in the following states: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington)

-- Rat Key (island), Florida

-- Rat Lake (found in the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)

-- Rat Mountain, Colorado

-- Rat No. 1 Dam, Wyoming

-- Rat Pond (swamp), Florida

-- Rat River, Wisconsin

-- Rat Rock Cove, California

-- Rat Root Lake, Minnesota

-- Rat Root River, Minnesota

-- Rat Run (stream found in the following states: Indiana and Illinois)

-- Rat Spring, (found in Idaho and Utah)

-- Rat Spring Branch (stream), North Carolina

-- Rats Branch (stream), Texas

-- Rats Nest Gulch, Idaho

-- Rats Valley Creek, Wyoming

-- Rattrap Creek, Virginia

-- Rat Trap Spring, Nevada

-- Tarred Rat Creek, Virginia

THERE'S A RAT IN THE KITCHEN...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING OF???

A young traveller recently returned from a Rumania, (and incidentally home to that venal vampire, Vlad the Impaler).

And, believe it or not, apparently people in this country love to brush their bicuspids with Rodent Toothpaste (fortified with fluoride of course!)

Possible tagline..."Recommended by Big Cheeses!

THE ONLY GIFT THAT A RAT WILL APPRECIATE

Hickory Dickory Dock -- It's Time To Watch My Clock!

It's that "Rudolph the Red Nosed Rat" Time of Year Again!

FEEDBACK FROM RIPSNORTING RODENTS AND OTHER CRITTERS WELCOME.

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      Rorik 6 years ago

      Great lens on the subject! Take care and good luck Rorik@Online Winkelen .

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      IT'S AN HONOR TO BE BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE RAT ! As a fellow rat I agree !

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      MSBeltran1 8 years ago

      Very cool... I teach a world myth course to elementary-age homeschoolers, and in one unit we do research on our Chinese astrology animals... I am going to put your lens down as a resource in my hand outs. Nice job!

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      collin248 9 years ago

      No joke rats have been given a bad rap in the western world. I live in Alberta Canada and rats are illegal here. That's right Alberta is the only place in the world that is rat free.

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      coopd 9 years ago

      Great information! Welcome to the Nature Lovers group :)

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      MaxReviews 9 years ago

      not a huge fan of rats, but very good info nevertheless!

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      sudever 9 years ago

      Welcome to the 'Global Group - Everything from Anywhere' Group

      ( http://www.squidoo.com/groups/global )

      5 stars for your great lens, learned a lot about the Chinese calendar!

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      I'm not born in the year of the rat but I'm still lucky on this year.

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      Kaiconnection 9 years ago

      Great information about us Fellow Rats!!

      What an exciting year for all who are Rats and all who are involved with Rats!

      I wish great prosperity to you all!

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      rwoman 9 years ago

      Thanks for adding your lens to the Cream of Squidoo. It's great.

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      ahndunk 9 years ago

      great information about rat, thank you

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      For such a great lens Whitefoot the Wood Mouse is inviting all Rodent fans and lovers of great stories involving heroic animals to come visit the new Redwall Series Lens.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      This lens could use an option to buy Disney's Ratatouille! Blessed by a Squid Angel! :o)

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      dual-shock-3 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great information.

      john

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      HomePlanDesigner 9 years ago

      I had a great time reading your lenses, especially because I am rat myself.. 5 stars

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I think for the first time I gained some knowledge about astrology. Your work is appreciated. My lens is Ty Coughlin Reverse Funnel System, give a click on my Ty Coughlin Reverse Funnel System

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      Amusing lens, 5 stars.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Interesting information about the speciallity of the year 2008 in chinese where they CELEBRATE THE "YEAR OF THE RAT" IN 2008!

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      serina 9 years ago

      This is by far one of the most creative lenses I've ever seen. I adore this. Thank you for your efforts.

      Serina..yes I'm a rat. :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great information about the year of rat and the chineese astrology.Thank you.

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      Han 9 years ago

      I never realised one could write so much information on the Year of the Rat!

      My friend is a Rat and just had a baby daughter who's also a Rat (they're 36 years apart). :)

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      jbcat47 9 years ago

      My Daughter loves rats and I do not but they fun anyway.

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      earsringing 9 years ago

      Hey i was born on the year of the rat! I definitely agree with the information laid on this lens! 5-stars for you! I have a lens on ear ringing that provides information for tinnitus.

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      nice lens, lot of information about rats specially this year of the rats.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I'm sending you some virtual Valentine's Day Adjectives and Heart Shaped Waffles for such a great Valentine's Day Lens.

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Nice lens. Great info.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi,

      This is a great lens ,thanks for sharing the information.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My sign is a rooster so my sign came in 3rd to the last. You have nice quotes there. :)

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      dsleonard 9 years ago

      Great lens 5*****! I'm celebrating CNY too.

      Leo

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi!

      It is a great site.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      February 7 is the "year of rats". This lens provides good information about the Year Of Rats. I am having nice information about House Breaking dogs. For further information about House Breaking a Puppy click on the following link

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nicely done, QuippingQueen! 5 stars rated for you.

      You know, also from the same legend you mentioned, the rat and cat are supposed to be good friends and they decided to attend Jade Emperor's invitation together. However what happened was the rat forgets about the promises and did not wake up the cat on the match day - which explains why cat is not included in the Chinese zodiac (and why cat hates rat a lot in reality) :)

      Cheers, SatelliteGuy from Dish Network promotion.

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Wow a great lens - 5 *****. You covered just about everything Rat and then some. Nice job.

      Ratatouille is really very good. It was a while ago a very popular dish for lunch is a lot of English pubs, served with freshly baked French bread... Yumm...

      One rat I didn't see listed (so you probably don't know about it) is Roland Rat. He featured in a children's TV show in England a few years ago.

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      aplayfulspirit 9 years ago

      Wow! Looks like somebody knows a lot about rats! One of my fav's modules was Ganesha and the Rat. I've been working hard on my year of the rat lens too, hope you'll stop by and give some feedback about what you'd like to see there.

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      KCStargazer 9 years ago

      Another splendid lens by a superb lensmaster! Welcome to the Kaleidoscope Group! Thanks for a raucous look at our rodent residents.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey

      Great Info, i rated it ***** stars. Look at my lens satellite TV for PC.

      Rate my lens !

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      Vitallywell LM 9 years ago

      All things rat. Great job - especially appealing to me because I am one (year of).

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      Aika 9 years ago

      Love the lens! so informative. Thanks for sharing

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      freelief 9 years ago

      We just got pet rats.

      They poop A LOT.

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      Music-Resource 9 years ago

      Hi quippingqueen, Great rat info. I like rats. I had a white rat for a pet as a child. It's name was snowball - hey, I was in grade school at the time so I didn't get too imaginative with the name :) I like the Cuddly Critter Flickr Collection, especially the baby rat on the right. ~Music Resource~

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      Signhappy 9 years ago

      Very interesting. Rodents usually get a bad rap. 5 stars!!

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      Jack Lee 9 years ago from Yorktown NY

      great info here on rats.

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      Mert 9 years ago

      I have truly not seen another webpage that truly shows the complexity of a rat in society as this lens does. My hat is off to you.

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      AdriennePetersen 9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Visit me at:How To Make Chocolate Fudge That Will Have Your Friends & Family Begging For More!.

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      isle15 9 years ago

      Hi, quippingqueen thanx for a Great Lens  really informative . I have also created a lens in the same niche.Hope u like it Click Here!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      My mice and woodchucks have been over to visit. They were excited to read all the rat quotes and find out about all the famous people born in the Year of the Rat. Come visit us sometime.

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      Soren LM 9 years ago

      Yes it is the year of the RAT (Rider Association of Triumph)! Definitely not the year of the HOG (Harley Owners group).

      Soren

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      kimmiekins 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! As a rat rescue owner, I'm going to use the "Year of the Rat" to educate people on the wonderful pets they are. :) Thanks for the lense!

      https://hubpages.com/animals/rattielove

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hey, nicely done! I did a compatibility squid page on chinese astrology with the "Rat" as the star. :)

      http://www.squidoo.com/chinese_astrology_signs_com...

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      AmazedCreations 9 years ago

      Very nicely done

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      splendidbaker lm 9 years ago

      Awesome lens. My husband and mom are Rats but I am a Dog. Can you make a Dog lens too? :) Keep up the good work!

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      anton55 lm 9 years ago

      Great lens, I can't believe it's already the year of the rat!

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      JonitasKalimpo 9 years ago

      Great lens this one!! I'm also a "Rat"

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      Quilteralice 9 years ago

      Great lens! I'm a "Rat" and looking forward to great things this year!

      Alice

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      JenniferAkers LM 9 years ago

      Great lens! Fun stuff - too bad I'm not a rat, sounds like those people will have a fantabulous year!

      Congrats on the LOTD!

      Jennifer

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I've always enjoyed learning about Chinese astrology. Your lens is fabulous, especially the great pics. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Lilly Fluger 9 years ago from San Diego

      Fantastic lens!!! CongRATS! What a great collection of info about these rodentities!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 9 years ago

      What a great lens - I love the first set of Flickr pics! They're so cute! I'm not a rat - born in 1970 - wonder what that is...

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      cdreyer03 lm 9 years ago

      My sign is the dog. I think we can do well together. haha I ranked your lens 5 stars! You have a lot of great information. Check out my Lose a Double Chin lens and rank me too.

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      teebutch 9 years ago

      Nice info and great stuff you have here. Keep up the good work. Five stars for you.

      Thanks,

      Butch

      Indoor Greenhouse Kit

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      duongo75 9 years ago

      MyRedPacket UK. Love your lens! Being Chinese myself, i totally appreciate Chinese Astrology and have fully enjoyed reading this.

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      TomKane1 9 years ago

      Great Lens! 5 Stars from me!

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      liltso 9 years ago

      nice lens .. hehehee

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      MuddyLaBoue 9 years ago

      Congratulations on displacing my LOTD! This is a great lens!

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      Congratulations on a great page and on Lens Of The Day.

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      Susan 9 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on the LOTD designation! I feel so ahead of the curve here as I had just come by a few days ago and loved it! Totally deserved recognition.

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      Ha! It's funny some of the stuff we learn on squidoo. Thanks for making the great lens on the Year of the Rat.

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LOTD! Another great lens, and interesting history about the Rat sign. I'm fascinated with astrology. Kudos! Hope you'll visit Vintage Aprons.

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      I'm a rat and proud of it! You've outdone yourself with this wonderful lens. I;ve learned so much. Congrats on LOTD!

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      MeganCasey 9 years ago

      great great stuff!

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      WebkinzTraderJr 9 years ago

      Please go on Squidoo.com/Oliviaswebkinztips and Squidoo.com/Peanutbutterjellytime i am 9 years old and i made these lens by my-self! i would love to see more people coming on both of my pages! (Me and my friends are sharing the Peanutbutterjellytime page but i made it and made the moudles) 5 STARS!!

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      brownwilliam11 9 years ago

      Being a faithful "rat" I would a day on the beach!

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      WebkinzTraderJr 9 years ago

      please go on squidoo.com/oliviaswebkinztips i am 9 years old and i made it by my-self! i worked very hard on my page and nobody is really going on it anymore! please spread this around and make comments on my site! (cool lens!!! 5 stars *****)

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      bengylsen 9 years ago

      Hi quippingqueen .Thank you for a great lens!Really informative. I’ve just finished my Colon Cleanselens.Be great if you’d stop by to give it a rating. Appreciate it. Where “Colon Cleanse” interchange with “Detox” and “Constipation”

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      BoycottChapter21 9 years ago

      Why will 2008 ROCK???

      AMERICAN GLADIATOR!!!!

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/americangladiat

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      patinkc 9 years ago from Midwest

      Great Fun Lens! I lensrolled you to my Chinese New Year and

      Chinese Astrology Lenses.

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      Piksychick 9 years ago

      What a delightful lens. One of my favorite character rats is "Templeton" from Charlotte's Web.

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      RinchenChodron 9 years ago

      You have created a Wonderfilled fun site. What a creative endeavor. I am a Rat by the way. Learned a lot. Well done.

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      Max_Allen 9 years ago

      I'm an "earth rat"! Great lens.

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      Aika 9 years ago

      Happy Rat Year! looking for the new year! ^_^

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Terrific lens! Now I know - my husband is most definitely an "earth rat." Thanks for joining the Squidoo's Great in 2008 group!

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      Pat 10 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Fantastic! I'm linking to my Chinese New Year