Rats Laugh When You Tickle Them


Most mammals laugh, scientists have found. Apes laugh, and dogs. Even uncute animals, such as rats. In fact, scientists have found, rats love laughing. And why shouldn’t they? “It’s joy, it’s positive engagement with life,” says Bowling Green University professor Jaak Panksepp, whose job it is to tickle them. Here is a video of him doing it, although Daily Intel strongly discourages you from trying this yourself at home, or especially on the subway.