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October 31, 2013 11:16 AM   Subscribe

Mouse versus biscuit [slyt, via]
posted by estherbester (50 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
I clapped at the end, but are you sure the video isn't some sort of viral promotion for this book? :)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:19 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Whew, that was a close one.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:23 AM on October 31, 2013


Yay mouse!
posted by oneirodynia at 11:28 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I actually cheered out loud when he got the thing up there. People in my office are staring at me now.
posted by Aversion Therapy at 11:34 AM on October 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


If you won't give a mouse a cookie, the mouse will take the damn cookie, you oppressor of muridae!
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:35 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yay! Go mouse go!

Unless it's in my workspace or home, in which case Fuck the fuck right off you little vermin and begone!
posted by rmd1023 at 11:36 AM on October 31, 2013 [9 favorites]


Hurrah! Of course its mousehole is only 17mms wide.

Also, that is one sleekit beastie!
posted by Erasmouse at 11:37 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


I raised my fist in triumph when he succeeded.
posted by DWRoelands at 11:46 AM on October 31, 2013


Never give up. Never surrender.

squeak
posted by Kevin Street at 11:48 AM on October 31, 2013 [10 favorites]


Feel good video of the day! Yes, I clapped and cheered!
posted by maudlin at 11:51 AM on October 31, 2013


I just told a co-worker a moment ago to not mind me, as I was having a bit of a grumpy spell. Then I watched this and I'm fine.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:53 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Of Mice and Matzoh
posted by hal9k at 11:56 AM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Much a perfect mouse demonstration of classic problem solving technique.

1.Remove variables until you achieve desired outcome.
2.Replace removed variables until you achieve acceptable outcome.
3.Profit.
posted by billyfleetwood at 12:00 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


"problem-solving intelligence"
posted by Dreadnought at 12:04 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yay!
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 12:04 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


For a minute I was convinced it was going to manage to balance the biscuit upright then drag it up from the higher shelf.

But that works too...

( Mice are much cuter when they're not running terrified laps of the bedroom, chased by the cat. Or dead, being batted round the room by a cat. In fact, mice are cute, cats are bastards. )
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 12:07 PM on October 31, 2013


I just texted this link to a friend and she replied "i sat here the whole time thinking it would be one of those goddamn things where you're focusing on the video and then some guy pops up and screams."

I'm pretty sure I just won the day. Thanks, Metafilter!
posted by bondcliff at 12:08 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Gravity 2: The Gravening
posted by ringu0 at 12:10 PM on October 31, 2013


That's like the human equivalent of lifting a king-sized mattress onto the the roof by jumping. It's probably a good thing that mice aren't our size, or we'd be living in holes in the baseboard.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 12:10 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Keep calm and carry biscuit.
posted by orme at 12:14 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


That's like the human equivalent of lifting a king-sized mattress onto the the roof by jumping. It's probably a good thing that mice aren't our size, or we'd be living in holes in the baseboard.

Nah, if mice were our size they'd just collapse and be unable to move. While if I were mouse-sized, I'd be capable of feats of strength that would put a mouse to shame. Square-cube stuff.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:18 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


A man-sized mouse could move around, although it would require thicker bones. There were plenty of giant rodents in the world right up until the end of the last ice age. The tricky part would be finding enough food to power that supercharged metabolism. It would need to nibble through 100 pounds of crackers every day.
posted by Kevin Street at 12:27 PM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


My favorite part (besides the ending) is the little flop at around 00:52!
posted by estherbester at 12:27 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I had a mouse, once. Old building. Caught him in a glue trap. In a spasm of guilt I ended up throwing the whole contraption in a giant ziplock and dousing him in a slow stream of olive oil until he was able to unstick himself. Then I let him go three blocks away. Godspeed, mousey.

In re the video, he's got an impressive vertical leap.
posted by Diablevert at 12:30 PM on October 31, 2013


In fact, mice are cute, cats are bastards.

Correction. A single Mouse is cute. Mice are horrible apocalyptic vermin that must be extinguished. As anyone who's ever moved into a mouse infested brownstone in Brooklyn will attest to.
posted by billyfleetwood at 12:31 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


A man-sized mouse could move around, although it would require thicker bones.

Then it would be a capybara, and a capybara is not a man-sized mouse. It is a capybara. Only a mus musculus, scaled up to weight at least 60kg but otherwise unaltered, is a man-sized mouse.

(For the same reason, you want to fight the horse-sized duck, because it will probably just flop down as its bones break under its own weight, so even if it doesn't just immediately die on its own, all you have to do is walk up and administer the coup de grace)
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:40 PM on October 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


When I was living alone out in the boonies in NC, I had a few mice come in in winter. One time I was sound asleep when one of them ran down/across my arm.

Let me just say that that will wake you *right* the fuck up.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:41 PM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


I had a mouse, once. Old building. Caught him in a glue trap. In a spasm of guilt I ended up throwing the whole contraption in a giant ziplock and dousing him in a slow stream of olive oil...

Man, Paula Deen slash fic has gotten weird.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:51 PM on October 31, 2013 [21 favorites]


YES i am so glad this ended happily
posted by a birds at 12:55 PM on October 31, 2013


Oh...darn.
Oh.....darn.
OH! OH! Oh....darn.
Oh...nope.
Oh....maybe...darn.

*sits and thinks*

Oh....oh...YAY!
posted by xingcat at 1:00 PM on October 31, 2013


Cute, although my cat enjoyed it a lot more than I did.
posted by dragoon at 1:03 PM on October 31, 2013


We are responsible pet owners. Mice are one of the most difficult pets to keep. They are smart and curious, and seem to love puzzles. If you give them a nice challenging environment they will not try to escape, and they will become tame and run up your arm and shout little shouts of joy straight into your ear.

If they get bored they become either listless or very aggressive, and they will get sick and die.

It takes a full Saturday to build a nice challenging mouse habitat. It takes the mice less than a week to get bored with it.

The mouse in the video is a happy mouse.
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 1:21 PM on October 31, 2013 [16 favorites]


Unexpectedly, the first youtube comment wins the internet.
posted by Dr Dracator at 1:53 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


At a park in Montreal this summer we saw a squirrel wrestle an totally intact, large slice of pizza up the trunk of a tree. It was exhilarating!
posted by bonobothegreat at 2:01 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


First, my team wins the World Series after being one of the worst teams last year. Now, this. This is truly a week of witnessing great victories over huge odds.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:10 PM on October 31, 2013


Unfortunately, the researchers had told the mouse to wait until they returned to have the biscuit. This does not bode well for its future academic performance and career earnings.
posted by srboisvert at 2:25 PM on October 31, 2013 [7 favorites]


Dude, just EAT the pop tart!
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 2:35 PM on October 31, 2013


Rudy never gives up.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:43 PM on October 31, 2013


Also, mice stink BAD. And if you forget to feed your pet mice, they will eat one another. True story from my twelve-year-old self.
posted by Peach at 3:05 PM on October 31, 2013


Mice are one of the most difficult pets to keep. They are smart and curious, and seem to love puzzles. If you give them a nice challenging environment they will not try to escape, and they will become tame and run up your arm and shout little shouts of joy straight into your ear.

One of our mice had a way of making what was supposed to be a silent exercise wheel very much not silent, and loved running on it at all times of the day, but especially from about 2am to 6am. Needless to say, that wasn't going to work out, so we would take it out of the habitat before going to bed and put it back when we got up in the morning.

One day, when it was the roommate's turn to put the wheel back, she forgot.

About 10am, I walked by the habitat, and noticed the mouse doing laps around the outside of the habitat, occasionally stopping to look around like she was trying to figure out where we had put her wheel.

I looked down at her, told her, "You're not supposed to be out on your own," then scooped her up and popped her back in with the other mice through the unused tunnel connecter she'd somehow managed to unscrew the plug from. Then I got the duct tape, so she couldn't pull that stunt again.
posted by radwolf76 at 3:24 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love how at :59, he's jumped on the platform: "OK, it's beyond me. No, wait, I'm gonna go get that bickie, damn it, yes! YES!"

I think there's a lesson here for all of us.

Of course, he burnt more calories getting it than it actually has...
posted by droplet at 3:35 PM on October 31, 2013


When I was a kid, I had pet mice. At one point we had one of those little habitats with the tubes, and had started to find shredded up pieces of paper and other inappropriate flotsam in there that we had not given them. My mother thought that I had did it, and I vehemently denied.

Well, turns out the mice had managed to get one of the empty tube slot blockers off in the back of the cage. They had been going out every night, gathering whatever caught their whimsy and dragging it back to their nest, all snug by morning so that nobody knew they had been missing. We figured this out in a bit and blocked the hole, and thought that would be the end of it...

...except that one of them had managed to have a little mousey affair during her adventurous romps and a couple weeks later we had some half wild baby mice!
posted by foxfirefey at 3:59 PM on October 31, 2013 [6 favorites]


I need to try one of those crackers.
posted by SkinnerSan at 4:18 PM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Then it would be a capybara, and a capybara is not a man-sized mouse. It is a capybara. Only a mus musculus, scaled up to weight at least 60kg but otherwise unaltered, is a man-sized mouse.

(For the same reason, you want to fight the horse-sized duck, because it will probably just flop down as its bones break under its own weight, so even if it doesn't just immediately die on its own, all you have to do is walk up and administer the coup de grace)


I am very fond of this comment.
posted by Fists O'Fury at 5:34 PM on October 31, 2013


It's probably a good thing that mice aren't our size....

Hm. Maybe not...'For the aliens, men and women are just a nuisance, neither civilized nor intelligent, and certainly not a worthy adversary. In fact, they are regarded as vermin, to be exterminated. Which, ironically, may just be humankind's strength and point the way forward.'.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 5:40 PM on October 31, 2013


Obligatory Mitchell [but no Webb] I have, in my flat, a mouse.
posted by lazaruslong at 6:00 PM on October 31, 2013


At one point I had quite a collection of unmatched socks, and didn't know what to do with them. I also had pet mice. Natural solution, give mice a new sock every few days. It took them a little while, but once they figured out what the sock was, they all crowded inside when they got a new one.
posted by shinyshiny at 7:23 PM on October 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Its nibble of biscuit pumped some fuel in, like Popeye eating spinach. Suddenly: Supermouse.
posted by anadem at 9:03 PM on October 31, 2013


I too cheered for the mouse at the end.

Also, best YouTube comment ever (on the Mitchell video lazaruslong posted): Befriend the mouse, gain the´╗┐ trust of his tribe, marry one of their comely maidens and as your people and his intermarry, over time your differences will be forgotten.
posted by zanni at 5:34 AM on November 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yay mouse! But the cat operating the camera is still a jerk.
posted by Zed at 1:45 PM on November 1, 2013


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