Rats in the house?

Hoping you take a few minutes to read each day.  For me, it’s at least 15 minutes in the morning with my first cup of tea, or just before falling asleep, and always on the bed because it’s more comfortable than a chair. How about you?

Current reading is Bill Bryson’s thoroughly enjoyable, funny and fascinating At Home, A Short History of Private Life. 

    • At Home: A short history of private life – Illustrated

From inside the cover, “…he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as found in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about this house from room to room to ‘write a history of the world without leaving home.’ The bathroom provides the occasion for the history of hygiene, the bedroom for an account of sex, death and sleep, the kitchen for a discussion of nutrition and the spice trade….showing how each has figured in the evolution of private life.”

An interesting tidbit with all sorts of implications, from the chapter on Study (Store Room).

Rats are smart and work cooperatively.  At the former Gansevoort poultry market in Greenwich Village, New York, pest control authorities could not understand how rats were stealing eggs without breaking them, so one night an exterminator sat in hiding to watch. What he saw was that a rat would embrace an egg with all four legs, then roll over on his back. A second rat would then drag the first rat by its tail to their burrow, where they could share their prize in peace.

Find out more at Bill Bryson’s site:  http://billbrysonbooks.com/





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