Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The New York Times Doesn't Know Jack About Rats
This morning, the New York Times reported on a new scientific study of the rats in New York's subway system. The article, while interesting, is riddled with inaccuracies!
Here are just a few of the mistakes I discovered! . . .
"City Hall is now aiming its technocratic lance at a problem so ancient as to predate the city itself: rats."
FALSE. The ancestors of most of the rats in New York were brought here on ships from Europe. They do not predate the city.
" . . . any New Yorker who has screamed at the sight of a hairy critter slinking along the tracks."
FALSE: No self-respecting New Yorker would scream at the sight of a rat on the tracks. If one did, he/she would be forced to leave town immediately.
"The legend of teeming rat cities tucked deep into subway tunnels is, in fact, a myth."
FALSE: Hahahahahahahaha! Fools.
"But befitting a creature that has evaded annihilation for centuries, officials found no obvious solutions [to the rat problem]."
FALSE: May I introduce you gentleman to a handy device known as the Reverse Pied Piper? Or perhaps you'd prefer a bottle of rat-repelling perfume?
“We’re no match for them, as far as I’m concerned. Man does not stand no chance.”
TRUE: Actually, men don't stand a chance against rats. Six delinquent girl geniuses? Absolutely.