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Rats: Cannibal-rat-carrying ghost ship is likely a hoax

posted at 10:23 am on January 25, 2014 by

The ship isn’t — the Lyubov Orlova actually exists, and actually did get lost at sea after a tow line broke as the ship headed to the scrapyard. It may not have sunk, either, although that’s still up for debate. But no one knows where it is, or whether it’s headed to the British isles or to Timbuktu (which would be a neat trick, admittedly, since Timbuktu is landlocked). But the cannibal rats that just might be lurking offshore are the product of one part speculation and nine parts imagination:

A science writer for NBC says: “It made for the tastiest click bait since ‘Sharknado!’ But alas, there’s not much behind this rat tale.”

Rats! However, the number of ghost ships floating in the ocean does give one pause:

Quartz reports an average of 146 ships were lost each year between 2001 and 2010. Even with 42 percent of those ships sinking, there are still a lot of ghost ships haunting the waters.

And, of course, cannibal rats. But you didn’t hear that from me.

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Turned it off halfway through. I know “Newsy” is not a real news organization, but their preference for hiring people with that ‘vocal fry’ habit of growling at the end of every statement is painful to listen to.

How many years will this fad be foisted upon us, the suffering public?

momodoom on January 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

The “Manchurian Candidate” came out like a half century ago. The concept seemingly in the flesh, in this rat infested administration, as old an idea as it is, is do bad it requires media diversions, squirrels, of ghost ship proportions. Anymore on a weekly basis.
Sharknado,Tyrantyphoon, Buffoon goes to Washington, Ghost ship Presidency. Nothing shocks anymore.

onomo on January 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Experts at a top notch maritime blog – gCaptain – say, umm…no.

But they did come up with Ratnado!

Galtian on January 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

“This is a ghost [ship],” de Leon begins, holding an unloaded ship in his hands. “This right here has the ability with a .30-caliber [ship] to disperse with 30 [rats] within half a second. Thirty magazine [ship] in half a second.”

It makes just as much sense that way.

Fenris on January 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

847 ghost ships in all the seven seas? ….and not one has ever been bumped in the night by a human-controlled vessel? Incredible.
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This, however, is completely credible: Democrat = LIAR.

ExpressoBold on January 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Nonsense. I saw it docked at the Port Authority (that’s NYC) once….

viking01 on January 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I am left wondering how many of these “ships” are the size of an offshore shrimping boat. If it’s self propelled and classed for sea voyage they will call it a ship. A ship which a 20 foot wave at sea will crush.

Kermit on January 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Killjoy.

And Sharknado! was AWESOMENESS!

thejackal on January 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Gaaaah. Autoplay sucks. Please don’t do that.

Horologium on January 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I’m surprised China hasn’t snagged this snack wagon.

Dried cane rat on a stick there is good-eats street food (in more ways than one).

viking01 on January 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Gaaaah. Autoplay sucks. Please don’t do that.

Horologium on January 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM

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I agree !

I began using Firefox for ALL Hotair browsing, with the following addons:
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AD Block 1.0.0

Flashblock 1.5.17

Lazarus: Form Recovery 2.3

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No more “auto-play” ads, and no more ‘losing everything I just typed, because the page refreshed.’

listens2glenn on January 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

No cannibal rat infested ghost ship? Ed you need to stop popping my dream bubbles.

Now if we could just rustle up some Ninja Zombie Pirates to go with the Ghost ship…..

Johnnyreb on January 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Darn it, I was hoping this was a report that the White House had broken loose from the mainland and was lost at sea.

jwolf on January 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

No more “auto-play” ads, and no more ‘losing everything I just typed, because the page refreshed.’

listens2glenn on January 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Just loaded those add-ons onto my PC. Can’t thank you enough!

thejackal on January 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

sigh.

Jaibones on January 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Cannibal rats. Or, as they are commonly known, “rats.”

If they really wanted to shock with a fake science headline, they really missed the boat. So to speak. The story I heard was that the “cruise ship” was really carrying “humanitarian aid” to the Syrian rebels, and/or Iran, and the rats have been living for weeks off of yellow cake uranium and the reagents for sarin gas.

So we’re talking Radioactive Mutant Ghost Ship Rats. Probably Giant, or at least of Unusual Size.

TexasDan on January 25, 2014 at 7:08 PM

…Sounds like a Mooch Boat.

KOOLAID2 on January 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Also, while the cannibal ghost ship might not be true, that doesn’t preclude us from making the movie “inspired by actual events”.

Cast Away 2: Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), in a bid to overcome his morbid fear of flying, has joined a team participating in a trans-Atlantic balloon race. They inadvertently violate China’s new, expanded air space, and are shot down. Chuck, the lone survivor, manages to climb aboard a drifting ghost ship, only to be thrown into a life-and-death struggle against the mutant ship rats. Cast Away 2

TexasDan on January 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Ratatouille 2: Remy and Horst fall on hard times after Parisian restaurant taxes are raised to 103% of total revenue, and seek employment on a Russian cruise ship. When spoiled beets poison all the humans on borscht night, Remy is forced to fend for his life by creating ever more spectacular dishes based first on human remains, and then the weaker members of his own species. Ratatouille 2

TexasDan on January 25, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Just loaded those add-ons onto my PC. Can’t thank you enough!

thejackal on January 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

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You’re welcome ! … : )

listens2glenn on January 25, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I believe. My ship has almost come in.

The truth is out there.

Sherman1864 on January 25, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Quartz reports an average of 146 ships were lost each year between 2001 and 2010. Even with 42 percent of those ships sinking, there are still a lot of ghost ships haunting the waters.

Or a lot of “ghost” smuggling.

kcewa on January 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I’ll believe in cannibal rats before I’ll believe in functional ObamaCare. And I suspect the Lyubov Orlova will do a lot less damage to Britain than Obama has.

Zumkopf on January 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Enough is enough! I HAVE HAD IT WITH THESE M-F RATS ON THIS M_F SHIP!

Demonized on January 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM

It’s likely she is on the bottom, signals from her EPIRB beacons were received in Feb of 2013, those things only go off in the event of a sinking or capsize. Some models can be manually launched, though.

theflyonthewall on January 27, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Cast Away 2: Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), in a bid to overcome his morbid fear of flying, has joined a team participating in a trans-Atlantic balloon race. They inadvertently violate China’s new, expanded air space, and are shot down. Chuck, the lone survivor, manages to climb aboard a drifting ghost ship, only to be thrown into a life-and-death struggle against the mutant ship rats. Cast Away 2

TexasDan on January 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Oh yeah! and this time he goes head over heels for some asian chick named Ping, but she can’t swim very well. But she’s got 11 sisters.

WryTrvllr on January 27, 2014 at 1:20 AM

It’s likely she is on the bottom, signals from her EPIRB beacons were received in Feb of 2013, those things only go off in the event of a sinking or capsize. Some models can be manually launched, though.

theflyonthewall on January 27, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Oh the rodentity!

WryTrvllr on January 27, 2014 at 1:29 AM