Move Over, Horses
Few species are more reviled than rats. The mere sight of one can trigger gasps and shrieks. Prolific eaters and prolific procreators, rats are associated with disease, rot, filth, death, and impending doom in horror movies. These highly social and surprisingly intelligent rodents, however, are rarely mentioned in the same sentence as car engines — but for more and more motorists, that's exactly where the real-life horror takes place. Thanks to the nature of rats, the composition of car engines, and the pandemic's effects on both, the world's most infamous rodent has somehow managed to make itself even more loathed in the public imagination.