Put aside all thoughts of James Herbert’s classic horror series, for today is World Rat Day.
And no, it isn't sponsored by Rentokil, or the World Health Organisation for that matter, but by a group of dedicated fans of this once-popular Goth pet. Organisers recommend "bearing gifts and treats to unsuspecting rats", hosting "Ratfests" and, generally, making "rats very happy".
If you don't have a pet rat to hand, we recommend you mark the event with a Rat Pack Manhattan, created in honour of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack gang of crooners, who sent Vegas wild during their glory days. The Grand Marnier wash that distinguishes the drink represents Sammy Davis, Jr, the wild card of the bunch.
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