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« on: February 06, 2016, 10:57:41 pm »


The curious mouse was not baited into the trap, the museum said


A 155-year-old Victorian mouse trap on display at a museum sprung into action again to claim its latest victim.

An unlucky mouse came to a sticky end after trying to create a nest in a 155-year-old trap.

Ollie Douglas, assistant curator at the Museum of English Rural Life, was baffled when he discovered the dead mouse in the trap, which was in a cabinet.
He said the rodent could have entered the trap to make a nest, but got stuck inside.
The trap is one of hundreds kept at the museum.
Mr Douglas said: "We think that the mouse chewed at the label and got interested in chewing at the string attached to the label."

'See-saw mechanism'

It is thought the mouse entered the trap to get the string.
The device, created by Selsey-based inventor Colin Pullinger, was dubbed the "perpetual mousetrap" as it was claimed that it would last a lifetime.


[ video of the trap available in link. ]
Museum curator Ollie Douglas explained how he came to find the mouse in the Victorian trap.


It is believed to have featured during The Great Exhibition in 1851 at Crystal Palace.
The device works by trapping mice humanely with a see-saw mechanism.
Mr Douglas added: "It was designed about 155 years ago.
"And here it is, still capable of catching mice, even though it was not baited."
The Museum of English Rural Life, based at the University of Reading, has said the mouse could become a permanent feature in the museum, or be given a burial.

Reproduced from the BBC News website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-35503613
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2016, 01:30:30 am »

Good engineering is timeless.  Nice design of a trap.  Thanks for the link.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2016, 10:10:48 am »

As it says on the label - "Perpetual".

Great engineering.
A simple swing balance that allows entry but then tips up to block escape.
It would also make a more reliable 'lost temple treasure security device' than any of those IndianaJones-style mechanisms so beloved of Hollywood, where tripwire crossbows somehow still function after aeons of dust and corrosion etc etc
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2016, 03:23:15 pm »

And if you're prepared to put up with a bit of smell, or it's in a location that already reeks, leaving the last victim inside provides bait for the next one... and so on and so on...
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2016, 05:07:21 pm »

Is the equivalent available today?  How about a gofundme or whatever to build a better mouse trap?
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2016, 05:19:48 pm »

They are, we had one though it was smaller and made of plastic.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2016, 08:42:06 pm »

Is the equivalent available today?  How about a gofundme or whatever to build a better mouse trap?


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(They also sell a line of cloud-enabled traps. Roll Eyes )
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2016, 09:35:31 pm »

I have used the top one, but didn't think it worked very well. 
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2016, 09:44:34 pm »

I want a mouse trap that involves tripwire crossbows.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2016, 11:49:04 pm »

Is the equivalent available today?  How about a gofundme or whatever to build a better mouse trap?

I always understood a milk bottle with bait in the bottom placed on an incline to be a effective non lethal measure.

Although, when I heard about this story I found myself thinking (from a purely professional standpoint) that they really need to check the seals on their cabinets (and call whomsoever deals with their pest control).
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2016, 12:18:37 am »

I have a lot of compressed gas bottle sitting around.  If the valve is removed and they sit in my shed for awhile, when I cut them open I frequently find a dried mouse.  They like going in the opening, but there is no way out.

Great point about the storage cabinets.
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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2016, 12:20:26 am »

Are you sure the bottles don't come with a dried mouse? Like the little toys in cereal boxes.
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