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A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. The phrase equates humans to rats attempting to earn a reward such as cheese, in vain. It may also refer to a competitive struggle to get ahead financially or routinely.
The earliest known occurrence is 1934. In reference to aviation training a rat race was originally a "follow-the-leader" game in which a trainee fighter pilot had to copy all the actions (loops, rolls, spins, Immelmann turns etc.) performed by an experienced pilot. From 1945, the phrase took on the meaning of "competitive struggle."
Sometimes when his sardonic mood is on him, he wonders whether the synchrotrons, the betatrons, the cosmotrons, and all the other contrivances physicists have lately rigged up to create energy by accelerating particles of matter aren't playing a wry joke on their inventors. "They are accelerating us too," he says, in a voice that still betrays a trace of the accent of his native Holland. In protesting against the speedup, Goudsmit can speak with authority, for in the course of only a few years, he, like many other contemporary physicists, has seen his way of life change from a tranquil one of contemplation to a rat race.
"Maybe," McLean said softly, "you and I can then get off this rat race. You and I and all the rest of us. And live like human beings." "Rat race," Fowler murmured. "Rats in a maze. Doing tricks. Performing chores thought up by somebody else." McClean caught Fowler's eye. "By somebody of another species."
Eccentric tycoon Donald Sinclair devises a game to entertain the high rollers who visit his Las Vegas casino. He arranges for six competitors to race the 563 miles (906 km) to Silver City, New Mexico, where $2 million is in a train station locker. Sinclair's guests place bets on who will win.
The racers consist of dimwitted con-artist brothers Duane and Blaine Cody, uptight businesswoman Merrill Jennings and her overly optimistic mother Vera, disgraced football referee Owen Templeton, gambling addict Randy Pear and his family, narcoleptic Italian tourist Enrico Pollini, and no-nonsense attorney Nick Schaffer. Having initially agreed not to play, greed takes over and they start to race.
Enrico is more excited by the race than the money but falls asleep at the start, only waking hours later. He gets a ride from Zack, an ambulance driver delivering a transplant heart. Enrico inadvertently drops the heart out of the window, whereupon it is stolen by a dog, which is then electrocuted on an electric fence. Zack decides to kill Enrico to replace the missing heart. Enrico escapes by boarding a passing train where he drops his key in a baby's diaper and, retrieving it, is mistaken for a pedophile. He is thrown out at Silver City station and is the first to reach the locker, only to fall asleep upon unlocking it.
The racers reunite in Silver City and fight to open the locker only to find it empty. Outside, Sinclair's assistant Grisham and call girl Vicki are making off with the money. The locksmith maneuvers the balloon to drop the cow on Grisham and ties the money bag to the balloon. The racers chase the balloon to a Smash Mouth charity concert. The band and crowd mistake the money for a donation. Once the racers see the charitable good spirit engendered, they are persuaded to donate. Nick horrifies Sinclair and his patrons by announcing that Sinclair and the gamblers will match the money raised. Sinclair is distraught as the donations total shoots past $19 million while the racers dance to "All Star".
Paramount hoped to begin production of the film in the end of 1999 or the beginning of 2000. Jerry and Janet Zucker were to produce the film alongside Sean Daniel, while Daniel's partner in Alphaville Films, James Jacks, would serve as executive producer. The filmmakers initially considered having the film's characters race from Las Vegas, Nevada to Las Vegas, New Mexico, but the idea was rejected following concerns that it might confuse viewers.
In RAT RACE, casino owner Sinclair (John Cleese) has a plan to attract the really high rollers -- a race between creatures who can think, plan, and lie -- humans. Six randomly selected customers of the casino are each given a key to a box in a Utah train station. Inside the box is $2 million, and the first one there gets it all. The six include Rowan Atkinson as a narcoleptic Italian, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as a disgraced football referee, Whoopi Goldberg as a woman just reunited with the daughter she hasn't seen since she was a baby, Brecken Meyer as a conservative lawyer who always plays by the rules, Jon Lovitz as a father on vacation with his family, and Seth Green and Vince Vieleuf as small-time con artists. Along the way, they meet up with the prettiest helicopter pilot in the world (Amy Smart), neo-Nazis, real-life superlawyer Gloria Allred, a rocket car, a truck driver delivering some very important and fragile cargo, and a bus full of Lucy impersonators. There is a lot of good, old-fashioned, hit-on-the-head humor, but it's like a Road Runner cartoon -- everyone bounces back without a scratch in the next scene, ready to get right back into the game.
IT'S BACK!!! The Arthur Cheese Festival's Rat Race 5K & 10K runs are taking place again on Labor Day Monday. As in the past, proceeds from this annual race organized by the Arthur Woman's Club will be used to fund educational scholarships to graduating high school seniors. That means seniors in the new high school district, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, will all benefit from this race and can apply for scholarships in the spring. There will be eight $500 scholarships awarded to graduating seniors and continuing education candidates.
The 5K and 10K runs are the featured races for this day, but the Rat Race will still also consist of a 1 Mile Fun Run, the 5K Recreational Walk, and our favorite Cheese Chaser Kids Run.
Both the 10K and 5K runs have 13 different age divisions with cash prizes for the overall fastest male and female runners in each run. There are also 1st, 2nd, and 3d place medals for the top three finishers in each age division of the 10k & 5K. For the first 40 runners in the 1 Mile Fun Run there will be awarded participation medals. Awards will take place at approximately 9:45 am at the stage area close to the end of the race. There will also be food and drinks for all the racers and walkers located in this same general area. For more information about entry fees, age categories, and awards go to www.arthurcheesefestival.com to download a form or register online. Registration forms can also be picked up Arthur Visitors Center in downtown Arthur.
Due to impending weather conditions and a state of emergency declared in VA, the scheduled RAT Race for this Friday, Sept 30th, has been CANCELED. The safety of our students, families, teachers, staff, and community members is our top priority. There will NOT be a makeup time/location, but we encourage all participants to attend packet pick-up Thurs Sept 29 from 2-6pm to obtain your race shirt, medal, and packet.
If the race is canceled, there will NOT be a makeup time/location. Registration is non-refundable. At that time, the Race Committee will determine how to distribute race finisher medals to all registrants.***
Since the spring of 2021, users on Chinese social media like Douban, WeChat and Weibo have shared their own stories about how they have left behind careers and ambitions to instead embrace a minimalistic lifestyle with space for free time and self-exploration.
One of the most obvious differences between rats and mice is in size and weight, with rats weighing roughly about eight to ten times more than mice in adulthood. The greater size of rats provides a number of practical advantages, especially in relation to surgical procedures and in studies of spinal cord injury, where rat models have been of great translational value (reviewed in Kjell and Olson, 2016). An often-used technique in addiction research involves the implantation of a catheter in a blood vessel, to allow for drug self-administration, and this is more readily achieved in the larger animal (Feduccia and Duvauchelle, 2010). Another frequently used technique is intracerebral cannula implantation, in which a small cannula is implanted into the brain (see poster, panel 3) (Kokare et al., 2011). This can be used to locally administer a drug directly into a specific brain region, allowing the role of this brain region in a behavioural phenotype to be examined. This technique can also be used to implant a microdialysis probe to enable sampling of extracellular fluid in the brain, which can be useful for measuring neurotransmitter concentrations. The larger size of the rat brain not only makes surgery easier, but the cannula tends to cause less damage and a smaller region is affected, increasing the sensitivity of the method. Finally, more and more techniques for brain imaging in animals are being developed, based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) (Bartelle et al., 2016), positron emission tomography (PET) (Zimmer et al., 2014) or near-infrared brain imaging (Kim et al., 2014). In all of these techniques, the larger brain of the rat offers better spatial resolution. In addition, it has been shown that rats can be trained to sit still during such imaging procedures, thus cancelling the need for anaesthesia, which interferes with normal brain activity (Febo, 2011). This has not been shown to be possible in mice (Harris et al., 2015).
The term rat race is an idiom that seems to have originated in the 1930s, in the United States. We will examine the definition of the term rat race, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.
A rat race is a fierce, competitive way of life that involves pursuing goals in a repetitive, endless manner. The idea behind the expression rat race is a group of laboratory rats racing through a maze in order to be the first one to obtain cheese. In this case, the rats are at the mercy of the experimenter and the degree of difficulty he designed into the maze. Being involved in the rat race feels as though one is at the mercy of others or of other forces. The term rat race is usually rendered with the definite article the, as in the rat race. The exact origin of the term rat race is unknown. It may come from the practice of testing rats in laboratories, or it may come from actual rat-racing sporting events held in the 1800s. Note that rat race is hyphenated when used as an adjective before a noun. 041b061a72