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A better Mousetrap

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As a result of my tale of rodent woe, AdSense is displaying ads for animal traps. Many of the ads promise to sell traps that will not harm the animal. That won’t do at all. I want maximum harm. I want a trap that will draw and quarter this vermin and afterward drag it through the streets behind teams of rabid dogs.

November 9, 2005 8:47 AM

What you may have is a badger or an armadillo.

November 12, 2005 2:57 PM

I think what you want is called a "cat".

November 13, 2005 6:03 AM

I've seen first hand what cats do to mice they catch... you'd love one!

September 30, 2006 7:31 PM

Damn straight maximum harm. I an so incensed that a mouse had invaded my kitchen. It actually leaves very little damage / droppings, but I saw it the other day and my mother saw it with a little baby mouse. If they're of opposite sex, I shudder to think what a bit of time will result in. Peanut butter, you say? Time to reload the traps.

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