Weapon of Mouse Destruction


Just conserved and ready for display at Temple Newsam House is a fine example of an antique mouse trap. Some research indicated what the missing part was, i.e. the string and wedge that holds up the lever, on which goes the bait, and the block, the business end of this mouse masher. Now for some bad free verse poetry about a mouse and a trap, in the style of Thomas Gray’s “Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat”* (everything sounds better in French, so here we go)

L’histoire de la Souris et le Piège
(Ou Pavane pour une souris morte)


Voici une très mignone souris…..elle cherche pour la nourriture!
Elle sent quelque chose! Qu’est-ce que c’est?
C’est du chocolat!
Elle court dans le piège! Faites attention petite souris!
Oh là là! Elle pousse le levier!
Le bloc tombe!
La souris est morte, la pauvre petite souris! Très triste, quel dommage.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kitty says:

    This does rather look like a weapon of mass destruction – could it catch more than one mouse at a time?

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  2. Ian says:

    I think it could squish enough to make a mouseburger. A bit like the KTel patty stacker (you probably were not inflicted with these ridiculous products this side of the pond)

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  3. To be really effective it should have sharpened nails sticking down from the top block, like an Iron Maiden……

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  4. Ian says:

    It would kind of messy and it would not kill any more quickly. It's bad enough disposing of mouse that has been killed in a break-back trap.

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