I'm born in 1984 which makes me a Rat. I've read that the Rat marks the highest rank on the animals-ladder. It can beat the snake and the horse, it is swifter then the snake and immune to it's poison. It beats the horse because when the horse eats it's pupu, it dies.
2008 is the year of the Rat according to the Chinese Astrology-circle. So promising so promising.
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