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What is it about rats' asses that make them giveable?

Asked by elbanditoroso (27782points) May 2nd, 2019

There’s the expression “I don’t give a rat’s ass about….. <something>”.

What role does the rat play? Why make it the subject of the conversation?

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Patty_Melt's avatar

It means you care so little,

not only would you not pay for it, you wouldn’t even bother with trading something you’d sooner be rid of.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Apparently nobody gives them. They must be keepsakes.

kritiper's avatar

Have you ever seen one? I mean really checked it out UP CLOSE? Nobody has. That’s what makes them so special!

ucme's avatar

I mean, it’s the same with not giving a “flying fuck” makes no sense at all.

canidmajor's avatar

Nobody gives them because it would violate anti-animal-cruelty laws. No one has yet figured out a way to separate the rat’s ass from the rest of the rat without causing serious rat damage or rat death.

It’s a conundrum.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@canidmajor is rat damage or death a bad thing?

LostInParadise's avatar

Rats’ asses would not make for much of a trade commodity, so not willing to exchange one is a good indicator of lack of interest.

canidmajor's avatar

@elbanditoroso, it depends on the rat. We need to develop a Rat Valuation System that would cover this issue. Causing rat damage and/or rat death to beloved rat pets could be distressing.
Rat damage and/or rat death caused by rat ass gifting could alarmingly influence scientific outcomes if lab rats are involved.

This needs to be studied and certain logistical problems solved before the gifting of the asses of rats becomes widespread.

lwyrnluv's avatar

Interesting question. If you think about it, the phrase “I don’t give a rat’s ass” seems to imply that if you cared, you actually would give a rat’s ass. Therefore, it would appear that giving a rat’s ass = caring. So now you know what gift to get your loved ones at the next holiday or birthday!

ragingloli's avatar

They are cute, juicy, delicious and sexy, and you enjoy licking them, and you want others partake in your joy.

Yellowdog's avatar

There is no violation of animal anti-cruelty laws.

You don’t have to kill a rat to cut its ass off,

Patty_Melt's avatar

@UCME, I have actually given a flying fuck. Most exhilarating!

stanleybmanly's avatar

Who says the ass must be detached to legitimize the “gift”.

canidmajor's avatar

Well, then, we are just gifting the rat, which is infinitely more humane. Or rather, not gifting the entire rat, which increases the magnitude of the not caring.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Could the rats ass be made into jewelry? For instance, dipped in gold and worn as a ring. Because, if it could, I might want one to go with my sow’s ear purse.

Yellowdog's avatar

I HAVE seen those flying dangly bug things engaged in flying fucks. We used to call them “fuck bugs”—and they were always flying.

dabbler's avatar

The rat’s ass, and the flying fuck, are stand-ins for the idea of something almost worthless.
‘Not giving a < >’ says you care about the subject only enough to disdain it heartily.

Yellowdog's avatar

Yeah, saying something like “I don’t GIVE a booger” just doesn’t have the same impact as ‘rat’s ass’—even though a rat’s ass is worth more.

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