Many people in the high tech industry have heard the expression down a rathole, but which rathole? Many groups use this phrase, but with very different meanings. The literal description of a rathole is a place where rats dig a hole through ground, wood, plaster, or even concrete to get into their nests, which are often dirty, small, and cluttered. This leads to the use of the phrase to describe a person’s living quarters which are dirty, small, and cluttered: like a bachelor’s apartment.   In the oil drilling industry, a rathole is a vertical shaft drilled near the main well hole, or a hold in the floor of the drilling platform used for temporary storage of the Kelly (the hardware that connects the hoisting cables and the rotating drill … Read More +