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Ladder Golf, AKA Rat King: The Game

March 4th, 2008 by · 33 Comments

I have played quite a bit of “Ladder Golf” since the weather turned permanently nice here a week or so ago. Ladder Golf belongs to the horseshoes, bocce ball, beanbag toss family of games, which all have in common the fact that they are easily played, and some said only made tolerable, with a beer in hand.

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You toss the bolos at the ladder, and each rung is assigned a different point. A major strategy thus becomes knocking off your opponents bolos with your own, which occasionally results in a twisting together of the bolos, that anyone in the know can’t help but compare to a Rat King.


A Rat King is when a bunch of rats get their tails twisted together and start to exist as a single unit.  I was informed about Rat King’s in an episode of “30 Rock” but nobody else I’ve asked seems to have heard about them. Evidently, despite the amazing photographic evidence above, they are not confirmed to be a real thing, but rather part of the fascinating world of cryptozoology, which also encapsulates the Yeti, Jackalope, Chupacabra and Axl Rose. My favorite sentence of the wikipedia article about them is: “Historically, rat kings were seen as an extremely bad omen,” as if seeing one of these writhing masses on your way to work in the morning was bad because of what it might be predicting, instead of just the completely natural feeling of utter revulsion it causes.

I also wonder if anyone back in that time willfully tried to embrace them as a good omen, like kids who pick number 13 for their sports teams on purpose. “Hey Bob, there was a Rat King on my porch today when I got the paper. I knew it was gonna be a good day when I got out of bed today! Even bought a lottery ticket!”

Anyways, Ladder Golf is really fun, and I’d recommend it to anyone as a entertaining game for the approaching summer. Just thought I’d share.

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