Dead rat and a string to swing it on

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Bev Vincent

Well-Known Member
Apr 11, 2006
Just finished reading this book for the first time. Why the hell did Gard want a dead rat and a string to swing it on.
It's from the scene in Tom Sawyer where Tom cons his friends into helping him whitewash the fence. "By the time Ben was fagged out, Tom had traded the next chance to Billy Fisher for a kite, in good repair; and when he played out, Johnny Miller bought in for a dead rat and a string to swing it with – and so on, and so on, hour after hour."


The idiot is IN
Jun 15, 2007
Cambridge, Ohio
'Cause it's easier to swing a dead rat on a string than a dead donkey.....;-D
....Blind man walks into a drug store with his dog and begins swinging the animal around his head by it's leash, the druggist rushes from behind the counter "Sir! Can I help you with something??" Blind man replies, "No thank you, I'm just looking around".........
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