We're supposed to believe the guys became buddies, according to Fox 61, and they exchanged this video and the photo tweeted above. Which... wat?
I dunno, I've worked in Internet news for a while, and I've seen a lot of weird shit. And it's Monday, and the button popped off my pants in the men's room this morning, three days before Thanksgiving. Maybe I'm just extra grumpy.
But I just feel like this is a hoax. Maybe it's not. I honestly am not gonna do the shoeleather reporting a debunking story would require. Because it's stupid. As somebody at Gawker said, why didn't this dude scare the rat away, like a decent human, instead of recording Sleeping Bougie? Fact is, people are just gonna keep seeking out the next Pizza Rat. It's so true. So we get stories like this.
It's because "Selfie Rat" starts trending on Facebook, and every last outlet writes its story about Selfie Rat until there are two dozen Selfie Rat stories in Google News
But rather than just doing that, we'll advance the story by giving you the next rats you can go out there [Ed. note: please don't do this] and make famous yourself. If you've got a cameraphone, it behooves you to record the next great New York rodent star.
Foie Gras Rat
The MTA's bougiest rat doesn't care what you think about eating on the subway.
A Brief History of Seven Killings Rat
A rat learns how to read by picking up a copy of one of 2015's most talked-about novels.
Game of Thrones Rat
I dunno, a rat got an HBO Go subscription and decided to use it in a station with WiFi.
True Detective Season 2 Rat
GoT Rat's cousin, but he's got rabies and makes bad choices.
He stuck in the 1980s and just doesn't get what he's doing wrong.
Belligerent Islanders Fan Rat
Did you know that's a team in Brooklyn now?
20 Rats Taking Up The Entire Goddamn Bench
Bottomless Mimosa Rat
This rat lives in Chelsea and only goes to brunches with bottomless booze.
Desperate Chipmunk Dressed Like a Rat Rat
He's from Iowa and saw Pizza Rat on TV. Now he's hoping to make it in the Big Apple.
He's always the first one in line, every day. Because he's a rat/doesn't have a job.
A rat who's got the most fire Snapchat of 2015.
That's enough of these. Please stop with the rats already.
h/t Adam Lapetina and Gianni Jaccoma for their rodent contributions.
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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. He, like Indiana Jones, hates rats. Follow him @CraggsRat.