D R 0 w N i nG R @ t
To quote from the second drowningrat.com website, circa 2002:
Psychonauts and astrologers, mystics and philsophers, excretologists and poets, botanists and paleontologists, pedagogues and pundits have asked the age-old question: what is Drowning Rat? But their ephemeri and abaci, their books and ancient scrolls, their panteleographs and spirographs offer no satisfaction.
For there while there are many ways to skin a cat, there is but one to drown a rat. And that way is this: to do it.
RATPOCALYPSE 2017 was the last known appearance of this exclusive, limited-edition event. Will we ever drown a rat again? I asked the Magic 8 Ball. Answer unclear, it replied.
(From the 2017 FAQ)
costumery, finery, foodery, tomfoolery.
Drinkables. Smokeables. Playables.
Firewood. Tent. Crafts. Musical instruments.
A ritual or performance to share.
Hot dogs. Shenanigans. Biscuits.
Is Drowning Rat real?
Uh, sort of. We seem to do it every year since 2002. Except 2012. That was a scary bad May.
And then we stopped after 2017’s Ratpocalypse Now. Who knows? Maybe we’ll start again.
Can I bring kids?
(From the 2017 FAQ) Well, the Rat Princesse is sure bringin' her spawn, so go ahead and bring some more! If noisy children annoy you, feel free to grab a campsite a little farther away. The critters might follow you, I suppose, but you'll have some hope of escape.
Is it a big party?
(From the 2017 FAQ) No, but if you come and get a big party started, others might join you. Some of us have kids & illness & age to contend with nowadays. We are boring. Sorry about that.
Some of us miss staying up all night drinkin' and singin' around the campfire 'til the sun came up. And we used to drag that rat through the snow on our backs, back in the olden times! Why, when I was your age...