I know that this might sound like an exaggeration, but please trust me when I say that the following 13-second video has more team spirit, innovative strategy, screaming, astounding victory and hockey skills than the every Stanley cup game ever combined. (No, I have never watched the Stanley Cup.) It's a story of triumph. It's a tale about the human spirit. And it's a rivalry that is as old as time itself. It's college girls vs. rat, and it's the most invigorating thing I've watched in weeks. Take a look:
No, your eyes do not decieve you, this is an IRL game of Mouse Trap. The plan was conceived and crafted by four college students who attend Duquesne University, Buzzfeed reports, and their successful Rube Goldberg invention is proof that if a group of young women set their mind to something, they can make it happen.
Now, I love everything about this video. There's the quick showcase of the bucket system right at the top that makes you wonder what the heck is going to happen, there's the initial scream when the rat is first discovered. And then there's the beautiful cascade of screams that follows as the rat ping pongs out of the bathroom. There's the huge-ass rat flopping down the stairs, and there's the final, perfectly-timed broom thwack that sends the rat flying out the front door of the house, followed by a victory leap. But I would say my favorite thing about the video is that it exists at all, because these girls for some reason decided to film this insane moment in the off-chance that their plan worked, or just to capture the madness regardless of what went down.
I love that on the outside these girls look like a typical clique of basic twenty-something white girls (you know, the kind that wears a tiara that says "legally 21" when they turn 21), but that they are smarter than they let on. They have street smarts and tactical skills, and challenge us to question our own assumptions and judgments of sorority-sister-looking women. I love that the entire time they're succeeding in their plan they're also screaming at ear-piercing and highly obnoxious levels. These women are full of contradictions and they are perfect.
Something about this video makes me feel great. You just want these girls to win, and it's so insane that they do. It's a true girl squad underdog story, and you better believe I'm going to watch this video first thing when I wake up to get me through at least the next two weeks. Can't think of a better way to give my troubles the ol' "BYE BITCH."