Man Vs Mouse
© 2000 Paul Perkins
I sought help early on with this project. I tried to solicit
advice from people whom I thought could outsmart a mouse. Most
gave odd stares. I'm guessing they were intimidated. One
person did stand up to meet the challenge, Chris Coyne. Chris
works at a bulimia
support shelter. He recommended that I hurl traps at the mouse
with a Lego MindStorm kit. In my opinion, paying over a $100 to
kill a mouse "wasn't a prudent venture" (George Bush Sr.
talk). Hurling traps at the mouse was a unique idea though.
It was something I had to try.
With a little bit of planning I devised a simple contraption (a scientific word for a cheap device that you don't think will work) that would drop a wall of eight traps onto an unsuspecting mouse. The wall consisted of four pairs of traps that were hinged together with duct tape. The wall of mousy death leaned over a small chamber I constructed out of bits of 2x4, some cinderblock, and a barrel of deck stain. A small stick propped up the wall of traps. All I had to do was test it.
The test was actually a failure. The top traps hit the opposite wall, sprung early, and flew back harmlessly. Also, there was little chance that the mouse would jump up and yank the support stick.