From what I understand there are some HUGE rats wandering around New York City and internet prankster Ed Bassmaster seized the opportunity to scare the hell out of people there with what he affectionately refers to as a "hand rat".

Believe me when I tell you that I met some tough ol' New Yorkers when I was in the Navy but not even the saltiest of sumbitches wants to be anywhere near a rat...even if it is a gentle "hand rat". But I have to admit that I was surprised at how well some of the people handled the prank, in fact, nobody really even got pissed at him. Gotta love a city with a sense of humor.