Riled Rodent Shocks Shoppers

A frame taken from video shows the moment a rat leaps toward a man who was trying to walk past it on an escalator at a shopping mall in Manila, Philippines; image from

Shoppers at a mall in Manila, Philippines, were forced to face their fear recently when a manic rat aggressively charged them as they walked down a stopped escalator, the Daily Mail reports. Video posted on the newspaper’s website shows the rat lunging at people as they try to make their way past, prompting the shoppers to jump and sidestep their way to safety. After giving several of the shoppers what appears to have been the jolt of their lives, the restive rodent is seen running down and off the escalator and under a nearby rack of clothing. No reason was given for the escalator being stopped.

Balls on an Escalator: Happy New Year!

One of the great attractions of getting out into nature is the opportunity for peaceful reflection. You think about your life — how far you’ve come and where you want to go. Watching these colored balls climb up and cascade down an escalator is a similar experience. It’s like watching a waterfall on a scenic hiking trail. It also makes me think of the nature of time as we mark the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. Like these balls, we travel up the escalator of time during the year, then bounce down to the bottom to start the ride again.

As you watch this mesmerizing video, I hope you are encouraged by the good things that happened this year and look forward to what the new year will bring. Happy New Year!