[Ads-l] a relaxed, happy rat

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jan 28 01:37:16 UTC 2016

I regret to report that Rose the Broadway rat has died in an accident.  She died on the way to her veterinarian after a fall at home just four days after her Broadway debut.  "She was apparently playing on some shelves when a metal door on one of the shelves came off its hinges and landed on her, said Rose's owner and trainer, Lydia DesRoches." 

(Many die as a result of falls at home.)
 Today's print edition, and

Rat Who Escaped Peril and Made It on Broadway Dies in a Fall


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      From: George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU>
 Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2016 4:19 PM
 Subject: [ADS-L] a relaxed, happy rat
>From a story in tomorrow's NYTimes -- you are reading it here first --
about a new instance of the classic show-biz story of an unknown who steps on
stage an unknown, but comes back  a star.  In this case, the unknown is a
white rat, but it's still heartwarming.

She was brought to the theater and introduced to her co-stars, both bipeds.

"And then Rose did something special. She bruxed, and she boggled. Bruxing
is when a rat grinds its incisors together. Boggling
<http://www.ratbehavior.org/Glossary.htm#EyeBoggling>, a muscular side
effect of bruxing, is when a rat bugs its eyes in and out rapidly
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcHoyG0PbVY>, like a possessed vaudeville
They are the ultimate indicators of a relaxed, happy rat."

I do not find "bruxing" in the OED; the OED has several senses for
"boggle", but all are more or less antithetical to relaxed or happy.
The show is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
which features a rat, originally played by an albino rat named Toby
Toby became ill, and his understudy was unequal to replacing him.  This
gave Rose her chance, and she seized it.

The article will be "Enter Rose, a Rat with a Past", NYTimes, January 24,
2016,Metropolitan section, p. 2, cols. 2-4
George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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