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It's That Time of Year Again [Sep. 4th, 2008|10:13 pm]
Nicodemus
It's a sign, like seeing the first robin of spring. It's how you know that the season is, inevitably, creeping up.

I saw my first Spirit store banner. Halloween is on its way.

I usually end up visiting a Spirit store each year. Not that I often need extremely cheap plastic props or bad costumes that would actually disintegrate if you tried to wear them more than once. I go because of the rats.

They always have a variety of rubber rat sculptures, with a new model every year or two. It's amusing to see just how far off the zoological model they've drifted. Last year I saw one that had huge fangs. Not incisors, mind you, but canines. Rats don't even have canines. They've got those (cute) incisors up front, a gap ("interstice"), and then the premolars.

If Spirit products are any indicator, pretty soon "rat" will become a mythological concept, like "dragon", where each artist can render it in their own way.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2008-09-05 05:28 am (UTC)
Heh, I know what you mean, although it tends to go with a lot of animals too. For Halloween, they try to drum up the creepyness of the critter and add things like blood, canines and messed up looks.
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2008-09-05 05:42 am (UTC)
I totally understand - I go plushie shopping this time of year, every year. Apparently bats have giant canines as well.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-05 06:06 am (UTC)
True enough! Maybe they have those little pointy teeth so you know that they're Lugosi-ish vampire bats?
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[User Picture]From: vermillionfox
2008-09-05 06:01 am (UTC)
Don't forget after Halloween you get to have all the winter holiday gunk with plenty of Nutcracker paraphenalia. One of my biggest peeves is they always portray the "Mouse King" (or rat king in some versions) as a prancy little bugger with a crown when the true definition of one is a mass or rodents whose tails have entertwined and congealed in a horrid manner. It should look closer to a hydra than what I find behind Burger King. >:(
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-05 06:08 am (UTC)
An actual rat king would certainly be a very different character... and hard to choreograph. I'd go to see that!

(Points to you for knowing about rat kings, too.)
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From: higgs_raccoon
2008-09-05 08:41 am (UTC)
I think that would be an interesting idea for a sketch at a convention Masquerade - find as many rodent fursuiters as you can, join their tails together near their ends, and see if you can choreograph some dance steps that involve a lot of rotation around the point their tails meet.

(I imagine it would look something like the routines you often see in synchronised swimming competitions.)
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2008-09-05 08:30 am (UTC)
pretty soon "rat" will become a mythological concept, like "dragon"

Oh, yes. We rats have been building up to this for a long time. Too big to be contained in a single genus, we have grown larger than life!
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2008-09-05 08:42 am (UTC)
Man your just like me. I go crazy for Halloween cause its like perfect fursuiter month. X3 Not to mention it means my birthday is just right around the corner from it. X3
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-06 05:33 pm (UTC)
I dunno... Ferris has incisors, big ears, and a segmented tail... I think that's already more on model than the Halloween props! :)

But I like the idea of a werewolfrat, too.
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[User Picture]From: wildfox34
2008-09-05 04:32 pm (UTC)
Ocicat and I know the feeling here. We make a yearly trip to our big Halloween store over in Mishawaka! I've gotten some good props for my fursuits there. Got some trout fish for Skaver Coon and a bone for Marquette (Bernese Mt. Dog). I need to get a new bone since the last one is kind of dented.
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[User Picture]From: happyjenn97
2008-09-05 04:43 pm (UTC)
I bought a (realistic-looking) rubber rat a few years ago as a Halloween decoration for my office, and I decided to leave it in my office year-round as a joke - there's a mouse problem in the building, and I was hoping to scare people. I get more comments about the rat standing on my printer than anything else in my office. :)
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[User Picture]From: ladycrim
2008-09-05 04:59 pm (UTC)
Dragon-Rats? Dratgons?

Meanwhile, I guess it's time to start hunting down decor for my office's cubicle-row decorating contest.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-06 05:34 pm (UTC)
"Drats"!
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