San Francisco rat markets in everything

For $49.99, patrons can “sip their coffee while seated at bistro-style tables, nicely draped with red and white gingham tablecloths… all while being surrounded by rats.” The price includes all-you-can-drink coffee, tea, water and pastries, along with admission to the dungeon. (Don’t forget the 15 minutes of rat interaction!)

Here is the link, via the excellent Samir Varma.


“Sip their coffee while seated at bistro-style tables, nicely draped with red and white gingham tablecloths… all while being surrounded by rats.”

I have MR for this.

The beauty of the markets, trying and exploiting every conceivable segment.
Just imagine if the restaurant business was a government monopoly. Everybody eating Campbell soup in hospital-like wards with assholes waiters that you have to bribe if you want some salt.

Yes, laissez faire FTW ;)

I hope they didn't put this place next to the Kittea Cafe.

We wouldn't want the cats eating all the rodents. It might disturb the customers.

Like water finding its own level, ....On the mantelpiece, between the candelabras, were two of those large pink shells, a conche, in which you can hear the sound of the sea when put them to your ear.

I pretty sure Nic Cage has been playing Roger Stone his whole life.

America has fallen into despair, and her desperste populace distracts itself by eating with vermin and murdering each other.

I can only speak for myself but I pass a lot of time with cuckold Role play where I'm the cuck except it's not a game

And the evidently altered, dog-irons piled up by the woodfire.

Well, it is liberal SF .... I blame Trump.

Are those rat droppings by the cup? Do you put them in your coffee (a California thing)?

San Francisco values indeed!

"Rats-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat!" (with thanks or apologies to National Lampoon, if memory serves)

And the rest of it, it was all about bird, sunshine, and leaf.

Isn't that similar to working in politics?

Rats are quite intelligent, and make excellent pets.

If only one could say the same of economists.

Although both are known plague carriers

Willard? Is that you?

How are Socrates and Benjamin doing these days?

Of course, it's a joke. I see from the comments that Sumner believes rats are intelligent. Has he been to Atlanta, where rats are as big as my Boykin Spaniel. People who believe rats make excellent pets are the same people who believe in market monetarism. Who are these people?

King Rat, by James Clavell is a good book to read in one's formative years. Maybe ages 17-19.

I read it when I was 21 and it was still good, thank you very much.

I did too, or a little later. But I recommend younger on the theory that I was a slow developer.

I've been to Savannah. There I learned how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. To measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head.

Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert

No references to _1984_?

"'In your case,' said O'Brien, 'the worst thing in the world happens to be rats.'"

Still, Scott Sumner is right, rats make very good pets, except they don't live very long. One of the most uplifting scientific discoveries in recent years is that rats can laugh. Why do we never hear them laugh? Because they're too high-pitched for humans to hear. How do we know those sounds are laughter? Because the rats only make those sounds when they are being tickled or when they are playing.

Didn't Pixar do this already, in their 2007 film Ratatouille?

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