Watch Rats Own a Cat and a Dog in a Trick Competition

The cat Kaiser and the dog Nana once went head to head in a competition to see who was the best trained animal around. And now, years later, they've teamed up to show a pair of rats named Raven and Famous who's boss. But, for sheer number of tricks, the rats win. They also win by having adorable tiny props for theirs. »12/30/14 12:00am12/30/14 12:00am

A street rat tries to save its lab rat love from a research robot

The rats in Alex Weil's short film One Rat Short aren't quite as anthropomorphized as the scavengers in Ratatouille, but they evoke plenty of emotion through their squeaks and twitching noses. A street rat stumbles into a behavioral research lab, and falls for one of the laboratory rats guarded by a robotic monitor. »8/17/13 1:30pm8/17/13 1:30pm

The Massive Project to Wipe Out 180 Million Galapagos Island Rats

Back in the 17th century, Norway and black rats were introduced to the Galapagos Islands by whalers and buccaneers. Since that time they have become an absolute menace, by feasting on the eggs and hatchlings of the islands' native species. But now, in a $1.8 million project to preserve this precious ecosystem, the… »11/15/12 1:59pm11/15/12 1:59pm

Recipes for the Post-Apocalypse: How and why to eat rat meat

Rat is a readily available street food in some Southeast Asian countries, and earlier editions of The Joy of Cooking contained instructions on the proper butchering of squirrels. But rodents have fallen out of favor in most Western cuisines, relegated to mere vermin. So how would you go about cooking a rat if you'd… »8/05/12 11:00am8/05/12 11:00am

Watch David Lynch's amazingly creepy 1991 PSA about New York's rat infestation

Not all of David Lynch's commercials had the caffeinated zest of his Japanese Twin Peaks coffee ads. In 1991, he collaborated with Eraserhead's director of photography Frederick Elmes on this borderline apocalyptic anti-littering PSA for New York City. You can find much more of Lynch's curious commerical work at … »3/13/12 3:30pm3/13/12 3:30pm