Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 00:41:59 -0500 From: Ronald Butters Subject: rat pack > >Here's a passage that's got me puzzled: > > > > New Year's is a time to stand back and take stock (or divest, if you > > happened to have bought shares of Caere Corp. in the past six months). > > The Rat Pack is another rodent lighter, and luckless taxpayers are still > > waiting for the gates to open at Yellowstone and the immigration office. > > > >Could someone please tell me what's a rodent lighter? An upsized version > >of those Gokiburi Hoi Hois or something? > > A lighter is a large flat-bottomed boat to carry cargo over short distances > or between cargo ships and docks. (American Heritage). Assumedly, there's > also a pun on the year of the rat and the pack of rats in Washington, DC. > > yoroshiku > Benjamin Barrett "The Rat Pack" was the name given inthe 1960s (or earlier?) to a bunch of Hollywood playmates that included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior, and Frank Sinatra. I assume that the "rodent" is Dean Martin, who died this year. Indeed, Sinatra (age 80) may be the only rat left. (?)