Oct 22 2013
Put down that bag of Oreos and pick up that crack pipe. Just kidding — please, please don’t. But there is evidence that, at least in one respect, Oreo cookies may be more addictive than cocaine. As the Christian Science Monitor reports, researchers at Connecticut College designed a rat maze with Oreos on one side and rice cakes on the other. The rats spent a lot more time hanging out and eating the Oreos than feeding on the rice cakes. In a similar test, the researchers also measured which side of the maze rats preferred when on one side they were offered injections of saline and on the other, there were injections of cocaine or morphine. The rats spent just as much time on the cocaine and morphine side of the maze as they did on the Oreo side in the other experiment. [Continue Reading]
This is what I love about science. A rat wants an Oreo and all of a sudden Oreos are like cocaine. When did using rats become such a great idea? I get it – Rats and humans are essentially the same creatures. Rats must love to look at Kate Upton in bikinis too. Not going to lie I have a jones for Oreos now.
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