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Building a better mousetrap

For those seeking a deep metaphor, this headline is one to be taken literally. Only substitute the word for "humane" instead of "better." Someone named Manny has created a do-it-yourself, humane mouse trap. Turn to the site for complete instructions.

Manny, somewhere you are doubtless receiving blessings. I'm reminded of the story I had heard about the Buddha who, in a prior lifetime, had compassion (in the days before global warming) for 80 or so fish that were dying in drying lake. In his next incarnation, those fish returned as his first disciples.

If the humane mousetrap can alleviate suffering -- notice I did not say "human" suffering -- then why not give it a try? As Morgan Freeman put it in that awfully funny film about a modern-day Noah, ARK stands for Act of Random Kindness.

When I lived in rural Pennsylvania, the answer was two cats, who have been faithful companions ever since. Although they never harmed a live mouse, they ensured the territorial integrity of the house was the preserve of humans and kittens.

Here's all you need: Tools

A Pair Of Wire Cutters Or Dikes

Screwdriver (Phillips Head)

Pocket Knife Or Utility Knife

Drill And 5/32" Bit Or An Ice Pick

Permanent Marker

Rubber Band

3 Clothes-Pins

A Pair Of Scissors

Measuring Tape Or Ruler


A 2 liter cola bottle

About 12" Of Small Gauge Wire (Solid, Not Stranded)

(2) 8" x 3" Coarse Threaded Drywall Screws

8' x 8" x 3/4" Piece Of Wood
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