King of the Rats


King of the Rats

Ratheky’s painting was discovered at a garage sale by a math teacher who was looking for Douglass Hofstadter’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: A Mental Space Odyssey. He was on the hunt for a signed first edition but instead came across Ratheky’s painting. The full-length portrait was one of many interesting paintings for sale but he found the portrait hilarious and paid $120 for it. Few hours later he got into a ridiculous fight with his wife that was audible even by the neighbors two houses down. The woman was so upset about the painting that she threatened her husband with divorce if he would try to hang that “thing” anywhere in the house. She felt disgusted by the depicted animals and the rats gave her chills. A dog’s balls hanging in her living room would surely entertain her husband’s friends, but the shameless ball licking act the dog was putting on would surely cause her to lose her reputation as the leader of the Baking for Change Association. The frustrated husband tried to save the painting for saturday’s Uno night by hiding it in the basement but eventually his wife made him capitulate. In the end, he decided to leave the house to sell that “thing” at the nearest Base Coin Antique Shop. When he got to the shop, the shop owner tried everything to bargain but the man was firm on asking $200.

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