Thursday, December 20, 2007

stingy when it comes to moolah

People who are born under the Year of the Rat are said to be a bit stingy with money.  That is what the Chinese calendar says.  Although rats have a lot of good traits, they are usually known for their negative characteristics.

2008 is Year of the Brown Rat.  In Western culture, rats had always been associated with being calculating, non-trusting, and sly.  Rats are looked upon as lowly creatures that thrive on the crumbs of others.

The Chinese however have a special reverence for rats because of their being quick-witted, resourceful, intelligent, and charming.  However, the stingy aspect of rats is also viewed as one of their bad traits.

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