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Rats can climb into your toilet and we know how.
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Welp, just plan on holding it for the rest of your life.



National Geographic decided to make everyone feel even less safe by writing up a long piece, complete with video, on how exactly rats can scale up your pipes and pop into your toilet. Sadists over there, every one of them.

Rats' superpowers are near-mythical: They can swim for three days. They can fit through holes the size of a quarter. They've even been said to have no solid bones, just cartilage (definitely false, and I can't confirm whether they can collapse their ribcages). I looked to science for the truth. But I was surprised by the dearth of studies on the Norway rat—the common city rat, Rattus norvegicus—in the wild (the wild in this case being any city on Earth). Despite our long human history with lab rats, we know very little about the lives of the rats in our homes.

..."If it doesn't have food and water, it goes into this kind of 'crazy mode,'" ['Rat King' Robert] Corrigan said. Rats have a very low tolerance for hunger—so to get rid of them simply ask where they're getting food and eliminate the source.

Corrigan said... it does make it easier for rats to get into toilets. As if to make the point, the day after we capped our toilet pipe, a rat popped up in my next-door neighbor's toilet.

Plus, toilet drainage turns out to be a boon for sewer rats. "Lots of food gets flushed," Corrigan pointed out.



Yep, you can't think of the toilet as a safe throne. Think of it more of a rat dimensional portal.



They even put together a frighteningly descriptive video on just exactly a rat can make its little way up to the commode and into your nightmares.



Here's a TL;DW gif:



We apologize for stripping you of further illusions of comfort. Blame the rats.

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Discovery of the feathered dinosaur, dubbed Changyuraptor yangi ("great feather" in Chinese), adds to the roster of feathered raptor dinosaurs with hind wings found in northeastern China in the past two decades. It is the biggest one found so far, and the fifth such species.
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Fulgurites are natural hollow glass tubes formed in quartzose sand, silica, or soil by lightning strikes (at 3,270 °F), which instantaneously melts silica on a conductive surface and fuses grains together over a period of around one second. Photographed by Ken Smith.

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Turns out National Geographic photographers aren't the only ones who can capture all those amazing and iconic shots. A recent photo contest turned up a treasure trove of images from around the world. View the full gallery -- starting with the winning entry -- here.

[cosbysweaters]

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There isn't really anything we can say that will top this YouTube comment:

Nobody show him the Hindenburg video.

(Not Safe For Work -- adult content.)

[hypervocal]

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Story Time of the Day: "Take a picture and save our species, we have 300 left": NatGeo photographer Mattias Klum recalls the time he came face-to-face with an endangered Asiatic lioness in India's Gir Forest.

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Stuffed Bear of the Day: Photographer and 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest hopeful Rick Sheremeta sets up the scene for his entry, "Quick Cat Nap":

On a recent photo trip to Alaska’s McNeil River, I spent four days obse

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