September 19, 2003
The world's largest rat

Meet Phoberomys pattersoni, a nine-foot-long, four-foot-tall rodent of yesteryear. If the artist's rendition of what this sucker may have looked like doesn't make you want to buy some bigger mousetraps, I don't know what will. As an extra added bonus, there's a bit at the end of the story about Diprotodon optatum, a "giant wombat-like creature that lived in Australia during the last ice age". Aren't you glad you live in the Holocene epoch?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 19, 2003 to Technology, science, and math | TrackBack

I thought the world's largest rat was Dick Grasso. Arr, he be a worthy pirate, filling his treasure chest with pieces of eight.

Posted by: William Hughes on September 19, 2003 9:28 AM

At least William knows what holiday it is! (Oops, "was" ... it's past midnight.) I was coding a calendar date-picker popup for my client's web site today, and included "Talk Like a Pirate Day" in my sample list of holidays.

Avast, mateys! Avast? what's that? Well, my dictionary says it means, like, cease-and-desist, but I've always heard it in the phrase, "avast right-wing conspiracy." (Yo-ho-ho! Grin, duck, run!)

Posted by: Steve Bates on September 20, 2003 12:40 AM