The better mousetrap

2010-12-08 11:43

They say if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.

Okay, let’s think about it. In practice, a “no-kill” trap doesn’t change things much; either you get the mouse back or it dies, most likely. So screw that. The better mousetrap should cause mice to transition from this life to the next. Ideally, it should dispose of the bodies. It should self-place; you shouldn’t have to guess where mice are likely to go. It shouldn’t need you to refresh or replace bait.

Now, let’s go out and add some wild wishlist ideas. In the event of a serious mouse glut, the better mousetrap ought to be able to construct additional mousetraps in order to keep up with the supply of mice. In the absence of mice, the better mousetrap should be in some other way beneficial; say, pleasant to look at.

Ideally, when there are no mice that need hunting, it should curl up in a ball and purr.

Anyone got any ideas? Sounds like something that there could be some serious demand for.

Peter Seebach