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10 Rat Myths

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Many rodent-related myths focus on how many rats exist per capita in any given metropolis -- often on par with the human population -- but that's pure farce. It stems in large part from a coincidental study conducted in the early 1900s, which vaguely pegged England's rat population at about 40 million -- or 1 acre of cultivated land per rat. Since at the time approximately 40 million people lived in England, people have long equated these two unrelated statistics to infer that modern cities contain equal numbers of rats and people. In reality, the number of rats is likely to be lower and vary widely in density depending on the area in question.

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