“There’s a poem I read in which a rat becomes the unit of currency.”
“Yes. That would be interesting,” Chin said.
“Yes. That would impact the world economy.”
“The name alone. Better than the dong or the kwacha.”
“The name says everything.”
“Yes. The rat,” Chin said.
“Yes. The rat closed lower today against the euro.”
“Yes. There is growing concern that the Russian rat will be devalued.”
“White rats. Think about that.”
“Yes. Pregnant rats.”
“Yes. Major sell-off of pregnant Russian rats.”
“Britain converts to the rat,” Chin said.
“Yes. Joins trend to universal currency.”
“Yes. U.S. establishes rat standard.”
“Yes. Every U.S. dollar redeemable for rat.”
“Yes. Stockpiling of dead rats called global health menace.
UPDATED - New Zealand Students Can Buy Beers with Rats:Beer Trap is a program that lets time-rich and beer-poor university students swap dead rats for free brews. Genius, right? We spoke to Jonathan Musther, one of the masterminds of the campaign, about the intricacies of fixing the environment with young Kiwis and alcohol.VICE: So first of all, how do I get a free beer?Gareth Morgan: It’s pretty simple, you bring a dead rat to Victoria University of Wellington’s Science Society, we supply the traps, and we exchange it for a voucher which you can use to claim a drink at The Hunter Lounge (the uni bar).
"When I first transitioned, I proudly identified as a ‘tranny,’ until people within the trans community told me the word was offensive to them," J wrote. "I complied but quickly realized that while striving to be accepted by the hetero-dominated world, the upper echelons of the trans community were trying to sweep the fringe under the rug by censoring the language with which they identify."
While acknowledging that such words are sometimes used against trans people, J argues that words like “tranny,” “she-male,” and “sissy” are often employed by gender-nonconforming artists, sex workers, and others generally pushed to the “fringe of our queer community.” J frames the use of such words as psychologically healthy and playful, in the same way that children use play to better understand the world around them. “Yes, we all have wounds,” J concludes. “But let’s stop projecting them onto our allies.””