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Jared Leto Gave Margot Robbie a Rat, and She Raised It As Her Own

Margot Robbie, 24-year-old star of the upcoming Suicide Squad, is the proud mama of a pet rat, and it’s all thanks to Jared Leto. Leto, who plays the Joker in the film, gave all his co-stars a gift before shooting to help him “get into character.” Robbie was lucky enough to receive “a nice love letter with a black box… » 7/14/15 9:50am 7/14/15 9:50am

NY's Rats and Fleas Could Bring Back the Plague, Party Like It's 1346

In order for the plague to come back full force and kill all of us with festering boils, three things are needed: A carrier, a transmitter and a pathogen. It may be too early to panic, but a new study reveals that New York City has two of the three components necessary to make a really good Criminal Minds episode. » 3/03/15 5:20pm 3/03/15 5:20pm

Anna Wintour Doesn't Want to Go to Work Because of Rats

As our brother site Gawker has diligently reported, Condé Nast's office has a rat infestation. This is pretty common with new buildings, though it might seem at odds with the "new" nature of them; rats get in during construction, which gives the critters a significant amount of time to claim their turf before people… » 12/12/14 1:10pm 12/12/14 1:10pm

Vogue’s Shiny New Office Has a Big Rat Problem

Earlier this month, Condé Nast commenced its long-anticipated move to 1 World Trade Center, whose landlord is counting on the magazine publisher to anchor the building and attract other hip companies to the fortified Financial District. The ongoing rodent problem at Vogue, however, might give some prospective… » 11/21/14 2:49pm 11/21/14 2:49pm

Taylor Swift Replaces a Rabid Rat as NYC's New Welcome Ambassador

Courtesy the song "Welcome To New York," Taylor Swift has been named "NYC's Global Welcome Ambassador for Tourism," making one wonder if the song was just a super-genius Bloombergian scheme hatched by Swift and the tourism board to promote 1989 and also all those fugnacious condos they keep letting people build. » 10/27/14 6:10pm 10/27/14 6:10pm

Man Celebrates 96th Birthday by Accidentally Eating Rat Cake

Do you like cake? Are you one of those people who never got over childhood birthday parties and the sweet, smoky smell of snuffed candles mingling with buttercream icing? If you murmured "yes" to your computer, then the next sentence you read will horrify you and quite possibly turn you into a PIE person. An old… » 2/23/14 1:00pm 2/23/14 1:00pm

Flight Attendant Denies Smuggling Pet Rat in Her Underwear, Files Suit

This is a weird one: a veteran American Airlines flight attendant accused by her colleagues of smuggling a pet rat onto an international flight in her underwear has filed a lawsuit against the airline, claiming the accusations have resulted increased customs screenings and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. » 7/07/13 10:01pm 7/07/13 10:01pm

Lady Rats Can Probably Blame Their Binge Eating on Their Lady Rat Parts

A study (scientific and rat-infested by its very nature) published recently in the International Journal of Eating Disorders is the first ever to establish sex differences in rates of binge eating in animals. Well, not animals, really, so much as the scuttling disease portmanteaus we affectionately call “rats,” but… » 5/02/13 10:00am 5/02/13 10:00am

Rats Can Only Exercise So Much Before Getting All Stressy About It

Exercise is good for you, or so science has led us to believe. Regular exercise can confer such abstract, qualitative benefits as: stress reduction, anxiety easement, and optimism enhancement. It can also help you look more like your favorite member of the X-Men, minus powers. However, maybe science has deceived us.… » 3/14/13 3:30pm 3/14/13 3:30pm