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Rats and Basketball

Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, January 28, 2006
10:13 am

I happened across this post after reading an article on e-learning. It reminded me of a funny rat-training experience my sister had many years ago.

For an eighth grade science fair project, my sister taught a pair of white rats to play basketball. She gave a food reward to each rat when it stuffed a whiffle ball through a hoop. The rats would happily play basketball in order to get food.

All was well until the day of the science fair. That morning, the female rat gave birth to a litter of baby rats. Understandably, she refused to play basketball.

The male rat? Of course, he went right on playing basketball! What did you expect?


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