Saturday, November 13, 2010

Biggy Rat

"They are the whiskered face of labor in New York, like rodent Tom Joads, perched wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, Ma…" That's how the NYT described the Foul Labor Practices Rat, which I spotted yesterday across the street from work, staring into Park Avenue Plaza!
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This inflatable rubber rat, seen here peering through the front windows, is described thusly in
court proceedings: "The rat presents an imposing figure," the ruling says. "The rats here were 15 or 30 feet high. The body of the rat is gray with pink eyes, ears and nose. Its sits on its haunches with its front paws outstretched and claws extended. Its mouth is open, baring its teeth." It's very effective!
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This shot gives you an idea of Biggy's size...
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Here's a rare double rat sighting that
NYT posted in August:

"Biggy Rat" is actually a character in King Leonardo, an early 1960s TV cartoon about a good lion king, his wise skunk advisor Odie Colognie, h
apless criminal sibling Itchy Brother and nemesis, yes, Biggy Rat. Here's a sampling..

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