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Rats a la Carte
image The latest gross-out food email going around involves a Chinese restaurant in Atlanta supposedly caught accepting shipments of rats and mice. These rats would, I guess, be served to people who enjoy rodents as a delicacy. Some photos accompany the email (rats1, rats2, rats3). The email says that:

After a full search of the kitchen, authorities found, packaged rats, mice, kittens, puppies and a large frozen hawk... The restaurant has locations off Peachtree Road and Alpharetta near North Pointe Mall.

I tried googling for chinese restaurants located on Peachtree Road in Atlanta and came up with a few of them. But needlessly, since David Emery has already debunked this email by doing a news search and confirming that there have been no recent reports of rat-accepting restaurants in Atlanta. Plus, the photos come from a store that sells packaged rats for feeding snakes.
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jan 14, 2005

Of course, the biggest problem is that there are about a dozen roads in Atlanta named "Peachtree"
Posted by Ric  in  USA  on  Fri Jan 14, 2005  at  10:55 AM
tell me do Muslims and Jews fill the same when they look at bacon or pork chops?
Posted by Loxx  on  Fri Jan 14, 2005  at  12:08 PM
Somebody is bound to put one of these bags on eBay, claiming that it used to belong to Ozzy Osbourne. It'd be fantastic to get thousands of them and just fill an art gallery with packaged rats, it's make your name in the art world.
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  in  Titan, Saturn  on  Fri Jan 14, 2005  at  06:08 PM
A dozen? My last trip to Atlanta left me with the impression that there are more like 5,000 local streets and roads called Peachtree or some varitation of it. I don't think Georgians have gotten the point of naming streets-- it's so you can tell them apart!
Posted by Big Gary  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Fri Jan 14, 2005  at  08:31 PM
Pet stores around here sell packaged rats and mice to feed to snakes, lizards and other predatory pets. They even have newborn "pinky" mice for feeding to small reptiles.
In real life, I've heard of people eating rats and mice, but never of restaurants serving them (not on purpose, anyway).
Posted by Big Gary  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Fri Jan 14, 2005  at  08:34 PM
I've been telling you people for weeks that "GWB Eats Dead Rats", and now we have a Rat-a-tooey thread. Co-incidence? I don't think so. Big, Dead, Rats. Daily. And he won't share.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sat Jan 15, 2005  at  08:26 PM
Hairy, doesn't W. prefer live rats?
Posted by Big Gary  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Sat Jan 15, 2005  at  09:56 PM
No, that is a common misconception, probably fueled by old stories of Bush chomping live rats while a brain-burning frat-bro. George W. Bush saw the light some years ago, and has reportedly only eaten Dead Rats since. Many tyrants and despots thruout history have had a proclivity for Dead Rat munching. Hitler was said to have eaten no less than 20 Dead Rats a day, while Mao reportedly had a 40 Dead Rats-a-day habit. GWB is rumored to have developed a Chain-chomping intake of at least 100 Dead Rats a day, but he's said to have cut back while on the campaign trail. The coronation dinner menus should include plenty of Dead Rat fricasee, Dead Rat-a-tooey, Dead Rats A-la-mode, and the perennial D.C. favorite, Dead Rats and Pork. Live pork, that is.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sun Jan 16, 2005  at  04:39 PM
These rumors about Chinese people eating ridiculous things are really quite offensive. And we wonder why the world hates America?
Posted by JCS  on  Tue Jan 18, 2005  at  12:34 AM
I never said GWB was Chinese.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Jan 18, 2005  at  11:42 AM
I have heard that the street names in Atlanta are confusing to confuse and keep the yankees away during the civil war or something... just a rumor I think.

Besides having peachtree in various forms for street names, some streets change names midway. And some have the same street names after making a 90 degree turn (or even a T-intersection with two perpedicular wings of the T with the same name and one wing different).
Posted by AAB  on  Tue Jan 18, 2005  at  01:23 PM
i hate rats but i hat seeing them in a rapper ready to eat I would never kill them or eat them!!!!!!!
Posted by Emma  on  Fri Feb 11, 2005  at  11:34 AM
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