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Sick, But Interesting

A ''2 Fast 2 Furious'' burning question answered. So, can rats REALLY chew through human flesh?

Tyrese, Paul Walker, ... | THE RAT PACK (From left) Walker, director John Singleton, and Tyrese
Image credit: 2 Fast 2 Furious: Eli Reed; Rat: G.K. and Vikki Hart/Getty Images
THE RAT PACK (From left) Walker, director John Singleton, and Tyrese

In ''2 Fast 2 Furious,'' an underworld kingpin tortures a potential squealer by placing a rat on the guy's stomach, covering the rodent with a metal bucket, and heating it with a blowtorch -- with the implication that the rat will chew through anything to get out. ''Rats have really strong, powerful jaws and certainly will chew to get through things, including human flesh,'' says Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy, special-species veterinary professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ''The first thing the rat would do is try to squeeze out or chew through the bucket...though he might get frustrated and try to eat something else a little bit less resistant, which would be the person.''

Originally posted Jun 20, 2003 Published in issue #715 Jun 20, 2003 Order article reprints
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