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This post-irony Facebook page has persuaded us that ‘rats are life’

What is best in life? Rats, duh.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 21, 2016   Updated on Aug 14, 2020, 5:31 pm CDT

Philosophers through the ages have debated what defines a human life. Is it belief? Action? Economic productivity? One Facebook page has a bold proposition: What if it’s rats? What if rats are life? That page is called … Rats Are Life.

The very sincere, 4,500-strong community is dedicated to upbeat memes about how rat ownership, like life itself, is full of joy and pain. But not rabies. Don’t you ever mention rabies around someone who’s raising sweet rodent babies.

I saw this meme on Google and thought I would fix it for you guys. :)

Posted by Rats are Life on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How can ANYONE call rats dirty or disgusting? People who say these things obviously don't understand rats and have never given them a chance. Original photo credit: unknown

Posted by Rats are Life on Monday, February 29, 2016

Mainly, Rats Are Life is about positivity (and rats). Most of its posts fit right in with the recent trend of wholesome and supportive memes, devoid of irony. Irony is not life. Rats are life. 

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Posted by Rats are Life on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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Posted by Rats are Life on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the rat community is without drama. Back in March, the page owners had to ask fellow rat enthusiasts to stop cyberbullying one another. Cyberbullying is not life, you guys, and you would know that if you’d bothered to read the page title.

There are too many assumptions in the rat community. Seeing one rat at a time does not mean the person has one rat….

Posted by Rats are Life on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Rats. :clap: Are. :clap: Life. :clap:

It’s the page that has cynics believing that perhaps … online is good again?

My take: Online is still pretty bad. The rats, though. Love those little non-rabid babies.

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*First Published: Aug 21, 2016, 12:30 pm CDT