September 6, 2006

Mice...

... hate cheese!

22 comments:

knoxgirl said...

Millions of children have howled with laughter as they watched cartoon cat Tom try to ensnare arch-rival Jerry with a lump of cheddar.

This makes me think of the Ricky Gervais Show, where Carl comes out with something pseudo-scientific about cavemen, and Ricky's like, "You've been watching the Flintstones again, haven't you???"

the Rising Jurist said...

I have a Harvest Mouse as a pet and will say that he is quite happy with his diet of fruits and grains. But saying that cheese is "not something that they would respond to" is quite the overstatement.

For years, I conducted my mandatory science projects on mice. One year, I decided to figure out which cheese they like best. And based on my highly scientific work, I concluded that the answer was pepperjack.

Now, given the choice, would mice choose cheese over grain? I don't know. That was beyond the parameters of my experiment. But these mice had no problem chowing down on some cheese.

Pogo said...

Really, have any children ever (much less 'millions') "howled with laughter" at Tom and Jerry ?

The cheese stuff isn't so surprising. But howling? That begs credulity, and calls into question the results. I do recall staring mutely at them at most, or turning the channel.

Sorry; too much coffee.

knoxgirl said...

based on my highly scientific work, I concluded that the answer was pepperjack.

lmao!

Bissage said...

Who’re you going to believe, some "researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University," or Mr. Cheese himself?

hdhouse said...

Is Wisconsin suffering from a glut of mice or a glut of cheddar cheese?

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MadisonMan said...

pogo, my kids howled with laughter at T&J -- so did I when I was their age. I'm particularly fond of the one where the water on the kitchen floor freezes and Tom & Jerry skate around.

I second/third/fourth the recommendation on peanut butter.

tcd said...

Does this mean I have to stop calling my dog "mouse" because he loves cheese?

Paul Brinkley said...

This news is so old the paper's turned yellow. I remember reading that mice don't particularly like cheese (though they will eat it if nothing else is around) in an article in Reader's Digest. Twenty years ago.

Said the RD: what they really like, is gumdrops.

Tibore said...

Shoot... I wanted to do my "Everythng I've needed to know in life I learned from cartoons" schtick, but the article already beat me to the 'toon reference. And so did Knoxgirl and Pogo.

!@#$&^*

But waitaminute... cheddar? I thought Jerry was always snacking on Swiss. All those holes, you know. Am I wrong?

miked0268 said...

I thought everyone knew you're supposed to use peanut butter.

But still, cheese is not such an unreasonable choice of bait. The important thing is not whether the mouse prefers it but whether he can smell it from a good distance. I bet a trap baited with the mouse's favorite variety of millet seeds wouldn't work so good.

Peanut butter has a strong smell and can't be stolen without setting off the trap, like cheese can. But peanut butter hasn't been available for that long. Maybe 100 years ago cheese really was the best choice.

Goesh said...

I've used cheese, peanut butter and butter with equal success, though fortunately it has been a couple of years since any of the little varmits have invaded.

hdhouse said...

my vote is for liver and onions. serve that and there won't be a mouse around for a mile.

Pogo said...

I have had success ridding a basement of mice by merely setting an old CD player on continuous replay and placing a copy of favorite christmas tunes inside. It's like being caught in Sears in December.
I'm tellin' ya: Mass. Mouse. Suicide.

joated said...

Pogo,
That would work on me too!

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Elizabeth said...

Uhg. Sippican, you need to check those traps more often.

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Paddy O. said...

"And for you folks that anthropomorphize rodents and think such traps are cruel, it's useful to keep in mind that the little buggers crawl over the inert form of their dead brethren to continue eating all the peanut butter, and when that runs out, they eat their dead brother"

How would this push aside the tendency to anthropomorphize? Mice really are like humans if they do this. Well, like humans without suits, ties, and international agencies.