Rats

Contest Info

  • Started: 2/26/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 2/28/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 14
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Rats
Contest Directions: KFC restaurant has been in the news after video cameras there discovered rats racing around the restaurant's floors, playing with each other and sniffing for food as they dashed around tables and children's high chairs. The Department of Health had inspectors at the site in the morning for hours, and by midday had posted a sign that read "CLOSED." The cameras filmed the rats again however. Apparently rats can't read.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop rats any way you like. Rats in real life, taking human roles, rats in paintings, giant rats, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 2/26/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 2/28/2007 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 14
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
14 pictures
  • Rat KFC Logo

    Rat KFC Logo
  • Rat Painter Portrait

    Rat Painter Portrait
  • Rat Astronaut with his Cheese

    Rat Astronaut with his Cheese
  • Ganster Rats

    Ganster Rats
  • Rat Using a Computer

    Rat Using a Computer
  • Mickey Mouse Rat

    Mickey Mouse Rat
  • Rat Opera Singer

    Rat Opera Singer
  • Borat Rat

    Borat Rat
  • Rat King

    Rat King
  • Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and a Rat

    Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and a Rat
14 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Often mice and rats are considered as disgusting beings, which bring misfortune and death. However, one must not forget that due to these small animals, we have attained considerable development in medicine, microbiology, pharmacology and other sciences. At present, there are more than 300 known pure lines of laboratory animals among which white mice and rats occupy a very important place. When white and colored laboratory rats and especially mice are kept, it is important to clean the cages and wash their pallets with hot water daily. These small animals smell a lot, and it is a problem to keep them in the house. In the news: A KFC restaurant has been in trouble with a rat infestation problem which was filmed by video cameras. The local TV crew from Greenwich Village, NY, taped the rats through the restaurant windows from the building located opposite the KFC. The video shows over twelve rats running round the restaurant looking for the remains of food and playing with each other on the customer's tables and chairs. The KFC restaurant was closed at the time of filming and the company officials said that rats may have found their way to the restaurant building through the faulty basement construction which had some openings. A local TV company released the video for all to see - it was aired on TV as well as posted on news web sites - to the complete dismay and shock of the KFC customers looking at the rat infested KFC which took their orders and served their food just yesterday. One of the upset customers was quoted as saying that the place should be closed and all rats thrown in jail. Rats are and have always been one of the oldest problems in New York City. NYC's big population provides the ideal environment for rats, mice and other rodents, who thrive of the food supply in the trash and who live naturally in the city subways, parks, and apartment buildings. However it was still a surprise to find such a dense rat population in one place, particularly in the place where hundreds of people eat every day. The resident who lives in the building opposite the infested KFC place expressed his anger saying that he lives next to a place which supplies the rats for the entire city. Such a situation, he said, is completely unacceptable and should be dealt with by New York officials. Interesting facts about rats: Super poisons and super rats: In the USA last year rats bit thousands of people, spreading diseases and sowing fear. Losses from rats are estimated in the billions of dollars including losses from countless fires caused by unknown reasons, even though it is quite clear who is responsible for them. It is the rats, who chew on the electric wires. In parts of the planet where the danger of famine is very frequent rats destroy approximately one fifth of the harvest grown by men every year. These animals are capable of eating almost everything and living almost everywhere. Such extreme unpretentiousness is the key to the great adaptation ability of rodents to any living conditions. Rats of one and the same variety, living in burrows, say in Northern America, and in attics of buildings in Europe are capable of living on the top of a coconut palm on a Pacific Island without being on land for many generations. In the USA in a Western Virginia fish nursery, workers found rats diving for trout in search for food. In order to diversify the "menu" animals can eat salmon youngsters. And this is also adaptation. What can be done against rats? The best source of new poisons,- said the Director of Biology Laboratory in Tolučrte near London, - is pharmaceutical companies. Sometimes a new medicine, being tested on rats, kills rodents, it is frustrating for a company, but inspires us. This is one way to fight. But this search is blind. Another way is targeted development of new anticoagulants… Poisons-anticoagulants, causing fatal internal bleedings can be considered a defensive front line in the war against rats. Three decades ago American scientists, exploring why livestock, eating spoiled hay, often bleed, have isolated the chemical drug, dikumarol. Afterwards a synthetic anticoagulant, vorfarin, was created - lethal for rats and relatively safe for other animals. But rats are skilful and incredibly penetrating. They experience desperate fear of poison, have a really devilishly sharp sense of smell and can distinguish harmful food - even if the poison is contained in a proportion of one to a million. A rat, once scared by a bait, would rather starve than touch a tasty-looking piece which it does not trust. Same with traps. Rats are maniacally suspicious to everything new. A trap or even just a brick moved to a new place, rats will be scared away for a night or two. There are other kinds of "weapons" as well: radioactive devices for rodents, high-frequency sound generators, sticky substances: a rat won't run on a surface greased with such a sticky substance. Then there are complex devices, something like ultra-mousetraps, which seize a victim by steel jaws, finish it off by an electric discharge, and then pack it into a plastic bag. But... there are cages with notorious "super-rats" in the laboratories of many countries. They are the rodents of usual size by sight. However, when it comes down to survival skills, they have developed genetic resistance to the poisons. Others of them survive dosages which would be fatal for... a hundred normal species!