RATATOUILLE

The Rotterdam police force is the first in the world to use rats to catch criminals. This is not a joke, it is a true and weird story. Apparently, rats have an amazing talent for smelling out certain odors, they are even better than dogs. The rats are specifically being trained to sniff gunpowder. They will be brought to a crime scene and they will be able to identify gunpowder on the hands of the alleged shooter. If I was a bad guy, and a police officer came towards me with one or two rats, I would confess in a New York second.

There are currently five rats being trained in Rotterdam and they have all been named after famous detectives: Derrick (a German TV detective), Magnum, Poirot, Johnson and Johnston (the British TV show Walking the Dead). If this project is a hit, I am sure they will have a lot more detective names to choose from. The police believe that the rat training could expand into smelling drugs, money, bodies, blood and explosives. The potential for these specially trained rats is quite impressive.

I can just see these rats going out on a case. I imagine them wearing little vests and caps, that would identify them as police rats. You would not want to mistake them for a an ordinary street rat or even a criminal rat, they would have to have some form of identification. I am not sure if these rats would need to be on a leash or if they can freely walk around a crime scene. But there they would be, sniffing around and then making a beeline for the alleged criminal. It likely does not take long for a rat to identify the gunpowder, but what if a rat really takes his sweet time? The police would either have a quick confession or they may have to get some smelling salts, but at the end of the day the rats are high fiving each other and the police are bursting with pride.

When this story reaches Hollywood, you know that there will be a television show about these rat sniffers. It could be called CSI: Ratterdam. Well, you heard it here first.

Recommended viewing: not every movie I see has to be a possible Oscar nominee. I just saw a fun movie that is certainly not perfect, but it was enjoyable. THE HOT FLASHES stars Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim and Daryl Hannah.

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  • Jean Langley  On September 18, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Quite a picture!

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