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Jun 13, 2007

Just like the office

Another day, another dollar. Am I right, People?

[insert rat race joke here]

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Teh FO!ST! Bleen!

[presumably you also have something substantive to share with the class, Mister James? - Ed.]

Tony James
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:06 AM

Run Run Run Run Wheeeeee!!!! Run Run Run Run Wheeeeeeee!!!! Run Run Run Run Wheeeee!!!!!

This is fun Lets do it some more!
Run Run Run Run Wheeeeeeee! (Ratty Giggles)

annie
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:16 AM

if my job were anything like this, I would pay THEM to do it. :) Although we did just get bouncy ball chairs so we can do bouncy ball races across the office now...

mleiv
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:18 AM

Where do you work, MLeiv???

Theo
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:19 AM

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Yeah, you hiring Mleiv???

DKN
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:24 AM

Errr . . . is it just me or is there a SQUISHED MOUSE UNDER THE WHEEL?!?!?!

Jo
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:24 AM

mleiv. I want a bouncy ball chair. I wanta play.

annie
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:24 AM

Jo well it is a rat race there has to be a down trodden employee in there somewhere.
Actually I can't tell cause I am at work (Bad monitor). Could just be dirt??? Theo??

annie
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:28 AM

OMG, that does look like another mouse squished under the wheel! Is there any way that that's not real? His eyes are open, but he's not blinking or moving.

brinnann
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:28 AM

These mice need some team building exercises! Or maybe a better manager.

60 in 3
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:30 AM

Unless that mouse is practicing to be a rug, I think it is deceased.

Chris B.
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:33 AM

I could be wrong, but I think that's just a clear patch with two chunks of cedar chips where the eyes would be. It's like finding the Virgin Mary in your toast: Just cause you see it doesn't mean that's what's actually there. :D

Megan S.
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:40 AM

Oh MAN! Why did Jo hafta point out the possible tragedy under the wheel - toally ruined the fun for me. Now I can only stare at the bottom with horror and dread...:-(

Amanda
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:40 AM

Do you think the ratties plan and practice this? And if so, what else are they planning?

*is a little worried*

maymee
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:43 AM

OMG there IS a mouse doing the carpet thing under there.. :S

Daja
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:51 AM

I would like to see these in gyms, for people, instead of all those step machines and treadmills.

Laurie C
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:54 AM

I agree that it looks like a rat face under the wheel, but who can explain why the body is flat as a pancake? Do you really think someone dropped an encyclopedia on a rat and then put him back on the cage? come on people.

jess e.
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 10:01 AM

My first thought was that looks like a picture on the bottom of the cage. But why would someone put a picture there? I'm confudled.

brinnann
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 10:11 AM

First of all, those wheels are unsafe. They should not be used anymore, only places like Petco use things like that. Petco takes horrible care of their animals. Not cute. Not funny. Secondly, what the heak is that under the wheel?!? OMG!?!

Dani
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 10:14 AM

It's not a squished mouse. If you watch a few seconds in to the video, you'll notice that the other two mice are over there, too (the ones not on the wheel), and one of them run right across the end. Mice won't trample across the tops of one of their fallen fellows unless there's no choice. It looks like a cleared space in the cage where a few pieces of bedding/chips just happened to fall.

Above and beyond, I've seen some dead mice - they turn very gray, in a hurry. This is the same cream color as the bottoms of the cages that petstores like to use.

So, to sum it all up? No worries, not a deadling, just a clearing! (Prolly someone was resting down there earlier where it was cool and protected).

Bekki
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 10:24 AM

I watched it again after reading the comments and it DOES look like a pancake mouse under the wheel! But at some point the 'eyes' move and the illusion is gone.

This is how work feels for me today. Somebody else is in my wheel with me making me go backwards!

Courtney
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 10:27 AM

OK you guys.... who turned on the webcam duing the meeting I just left???? We're all trying to get to the same place, but can't decide on the approach! Whaaaaaaaa--- why am I upside down???? who's in charge of this project anyway!

Bon
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 10:32 AM

E-nuff is e-nuff.

I have never nuffed, but really.

I'm nuffing now.

Loris
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 10:45 AM

what? "those wheels are unsafe"? they're rats. not kids. the rats obviously LIKE being unsafe because they're on the thing.
I happen to have a friend that works at a petco. they are treated fine. get a life, dani.
*gets off soapbox*

pinkwerewolff
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:00 AM

i find this clip a bit hypnotizing.

jen
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:03 PM

They look like they should be in Cirque du Soliel.

And they look tiny for rats. I'm pretty sure they're mice.

Though those wheels can be hazardous. Little paws can get stuck, and the bars can pinch. But I wouldn't get all in a huff about it. I just tell people there are better wheels and encourage them not to buy that type.

R. Moore
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:09 PM

The older girl's commentary is priceless from a film making point of view. I bet she delivers everything on time and under budget! I think we should hire her... she knows what's important - CUTENESS!

mlle_x
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:12 PM

The brown and white one has the right idea - let everyone else do the hard work while you just ride along and have fun!

Aoife
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:13 PM

I just watched this in full screen mode from YouTube, and no, that is definitely not a dead rodent under the wheel... I was worried for a while, though!

I wish they put human-sized wheels in playgrounds. I would totally go play on it!

amarie
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:28 PM

It could be a toy under there. My rats have a sock that they play with and at a quick glance it looks like one of them. My chinchilla has a wheel like that. I got him a solid one but he would not have anything to do with it. He is probably an accident waiting to happen but he is happy.

Chris B.
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:58 PM

The mouse in the corner is all climbing the walls in a desperate attempt to get out of his cubicle!

Spryte808
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 02:33 PM

those are mice, not rats.

the mice at work do that all day.

erin
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 05:51 PM

Is there anything cuter than spinning rats?

(It's a rhetorical question; Of COURSE there isn't!)

donutbill
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 06:48 PM

I have to admit that I can't keep my eyes off that one under the wheel too.

Someone poke a stick at it or something!

Kar
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 07:00 PM

OMG the MEECES PEECES!!!

Shadyman
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 07:29 PM

Mice, not rats. :)

Also: not a "flat mouse" under the wheel. Those wheels always tend to kick up the sawdust that's underneath them, revealing the plastic cage base underneath.

Adie
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 09:43 PM

Not sure if anyone remembers, but there is a human-sized wheel like this in the opening of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

I second the idea of a running wheel instead of a treadmill. So much more fun.

Jesse
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:30 PM

These are mice everyone - not rats!! Also, mice can flatten themselves out - like a pancake. I had mice when I was young....loved them!

kk3
 |  Jun 14, 2007 at 03:50 AM

I don't know which is cuter, the ratties or the little kids talking!

Kyoki
 |  Jun 14, 2007 at 03:23 PM

I love they don't know about the sound till the end...woooooo!

Tor
 |  Jun 14, 2007 at 06:37 PM

Ok, i just saw all these comments about the squished mouse and i want to assure everyone there is NOT a dead mouse under that wheel. I went back and watched the video on my camera, and its just a place where the floor of the cage is bare. the "ear" and "eyes" are just food particles. haha

Brooke
 |  Jun 23, 2007 at 07:00 AM

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