Crucial Minutia
it's the little things...
Jennifer Gandin Le
Scientists. You gotta love them.
1 Comment | posted March 15th, 2007 at 10:57 am by Jennifer Gandin Le

With all that hard work in the lab on killers like AIDS, cancer, disease, etc., you might think that most scientists have lost their sense of humor.

Not true. From a New York Times article by John Tierney:

Jaak Panksepp, a neuroscientist and psychologist at Washington State University, discovered that rats emit an ultrasonic chirp (inaudible to humans without special equipment) when they’re tickled, and they like the sensation so much they keep coming back for more tickling.

Lest you think I’m mocking Dr. Panksepp, I’m actually delighted by the idea of a rat being tickled. If we’re on a planet where wars rage and people kill, why shouldn’t we also enjoy the knowledge that rat laughter exists?

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  1. I have never once thought of rats as cute, but this is pretty damn cute. xo, Kimmi

    March 16th, 2007 | 10:38 am

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