Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How to Cause a Rat Stampede, 1872


"The smell of a goat is obnoxious to the nostrils of rats; the two wont be friends and companions on any account whatever, and the introduction of goats to one's barn or premises will cause an immediate stampede of all the rats." 
A. E. Youman, A Dictionary of Everyday Wants (1872)
If you follow this advice, the good news is that you'll get to watch an exciting rat stampede. The bad news is that your premises will be filled with obnoxious-smelling goats.

1 comment:

  1. Goats are NOT obnoxious smelling - at least girl goats aren't. I have goats and the rats didn't leave though, so as nice as the thought is, it isn't true.

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