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In Chinese astrology, each New Year is governed by one of 12 animals. Those animals include dragons, dogs, sheep, monkeys, and rats. And while some people think of rats as dirty, disease-carrying, or aggressive, that's apparently not what the Chinese believe. After all, if you're a human born during the year of the rat (1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008, for example) then you're considered to be ch