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February 5, 2007 2:26 PM   Subscribe

Surfing Mice.
posted by fandango_matt (32 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Seems like more fun than a Forced Swim Test.
posted by porpoise at 2:38 PM on February 5, 2007


Is this the new Tarantino movie?
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:45 PM on February 5, 2007


Surfing Hanging on for Dear Life to Keep From Drowning Mice.
posted by gottabefunky at 2:45 PM on February 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


Yeah, they're more like ballast than active surfers.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:51 PM on February 5, 2007


Yeah, they're more like ballast than active surfers.

I swear one of the dark mice is using his tail as a rudder. Normally I'm against this kinda thing, but more surfers only makes for better karma for all.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 2:55 PM on February 5, 2007


Somewhere, Douglas Adams is laughing.
posted by luminous phenomena at 3:07 PM on February 5, 2007


Some days, I get the distinct impression that the entire internet is designed to test my perception of the line between "cruel" and "hilarious."
posted by koeselitz at 3:13 PM on February 5, 2007 [4 favorites]


MetaFilter: Designed to test my perception of the line between "cruel" and "hilarious."
posted by davejay at 3:15 PM on February 5, 2007


This is the acme of the one-link youtube post. I love it. I knew exactly what it was from your description, then when I moved my mouse over the link I discovered it is in fact a video.

I sound sarcastic, but I'm not.
posted by frecklefaerie at 3:49 PM on February 5, 2007


frecklefaerie...did you mean "acne" or "acme"...'cuz...
posted by HuronBob at 3:59 PM on February 5, 2007


That is so cute!!

Those mice didn't look at all bothered or upset, they were acting like happy mice doing something normal (for them at least). I don't see any cruelty, particularly after reading the description.
posted by shelleycat at 4:15 PM on February 5, 2007


Those are, like, tame harbor rats, not mice. Good moves, though.
posted by nj_subgenius at 4:24 PM on February 5, 2007


How can you tell if they were happy? Isn't it possible that you were projecting your emotions on the mice?
posted by Burhanistan at 4:25 PM on February 5, 2007


she's a cat.

don't trust her.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 4:38 PM on February 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


I wonder if they'd get along with Twiggy, or if there'd be some sort of inter-watersport rodent rivalry thing going there.
posted by brundlefly at 4:43 PM on February 5, 2007


They are definitely mice, not rats.

And OK, happy is probably a subjective term. But they are showing no behaviours consistant with stress or fear and appear to be acting normally, like mice in a situation that to them feels comfortable and reasonable safe.
posted by shelleycat at 4:50 PM on February 5, 2007


If you think about the life of mice and rats, in sewers and along waterways and stowing away on ships, etc. I'll bet there has been a fairly consistent evolutionary pressure towards a natural ability to balance on water borne objects.
posted by autodidact at 4:58 PM on February 5, 2007


www.isthiscruelorhilarious.com
posted by autodidact at 4:59 PM on February 5, 2007


I do not know whether they are happy. Mice do not show stree by screaming or doing crazy stuff when they are on a small moving surface area sorrounded by water. I guess they are freaked out, just they cannot show it.
posted by dov3 at 5:00 PM on February 5, 2007


It's amazing what a little superglue can achieve...
posted by Rhomboid at 5:04 PM on February 5, 2007


I grew up in San Diego. Every summer it would happen... June would roll around and the local news would start with the breaking stories of pets with tiny homemade surfboards, every story covered as though it was the first one EVER.* There they would be at Mission Beach or wherever... the adorable family (cat/dog/hamster/mouse/parakeet/ferret/gerbil) hanging twenty or whatever they had (not sure whether to count dewclaws).

Cue dramatic Ooohs and Awwws from Ron Burgundy. Sigh.

*Not to be a hater though -- the repetitive newscasts were what worked my nerves. I found surfing pets totally adorable... at least for the first decade or so. (I mean heck, I'm just impressed that my dog has learned how to STAY.)
posted by miss lynnster at 5:27 PM on February 5, 2007


They were a HELLUVA lot better than the surfing dogs I've seen over the years. They were NOT just riding straight to the beach.

Also, if they were freaked out, they would run their little asses of once on the beach. That last segment of the little dude jumping off the board proves it! Go Rodents!
posted by snsranch at 5:31 PM on February 5, 2007


This is the most amusing thing I've seen in the past 15 minutes. By which I mean, of course:

Best. Video. EVER.
posted by kyleg at 5:45 PM on February 5, 2007


When I clicked the link, I was really hoping they used the Benny Hill music for the soundtrack. Other than that, I was not disappointed.
posted by slogger at 6:03 PM on February 5, 2007


They are rats.

It is Lake Erie.
posted by stbalbach at 6:24 PM on February 5, 2007


It is Lake Erie.

What are you basing this on? The description says Queensland Australia, the user has another video (apparently) showing waves in that location and the website it references (www.radicalrodents.com) is registered to someone in Bondi Beach with a name similar to the youtube username. None of which means it really is in Australia of course, but why say it is if it isn't? (no really, I'm not being snarky, I'm interested)
posted by shelleycat at 6:57 PM on February 5, 2007


The link said surfing mice and I got surfing mice. Thread delivers.
posted by clockworkjoe at 7:49 PM on February 5, 2007


When mice get really stressed they smoke very small cigarettes and gesture a lot with their paws.
No evidence of that in this video at all.
posted by Dizzy at 7:57 PM on February 5, 2007


sorry...mice are not that big. those be rats.
posted by sexyrobot at 9:09 PM on February 5, 2007


I was shocked to find that in Cantonese, there's no distinction between rats and mice.

Those are Mus (something) and not Ratus (somethingortheother) in the video...
posted by porpoise at 11:01 PM on February 5, 2007


They really don't appear to hate it as much as I was expecting them to. One of them definitely turned around on the board, it was like a stunt; another was dragging his tail in the water, and the last little guy totally jumped off the board like a pro.
posted by ikkyu2 at 2:37 AM on February 6, 2007


What are you basing this on?

My experience of surfing on Lake Erie.
posted by stbalbach at 10:16 AM on February 6, 2007


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