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December 7, 2008 3:12 PM   Subscribe

"The world's longest and hardest mouse agility course," brought to you by these guys. Don't forget to browse the gallery of cute mouse and rat pictures.
posted by MaryDellamorte (23 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My God, how much cheese must it have taken to train that little guy so well?
posted by greenie2600 at 3:26 PM on December 7, 2008

I think that mouse hates me.
posted by gman at 3:27 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]

Curse you gman, I just came here to say that.
posted by orthogonality at 3:37 PM on December 7, 2008

Wow, impressive little thing. I think the poop littered on the table (with the blue and the flowers) is funny.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 3:37 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]

He says he keeps the mice to feed his reptiles, and he comments elsewhere about his gun dogs. This guy is a one-man animal act.
posted by Peach at 3:40 PM on December 7, 2008

I'm pretty sure *I* couldn't keep that whole maze straight, and I've got a college degree. Impressive!
posted by notsnot at 3:47 PM on December 7, 2008

How to Teach a Pet Mouse Tricks
posted by netbros at 4:00 PM on December 7, 2008

People have pet mice?
posted by gman at 4:03 PM on December 7, 2008

Indeed, gman.
posted by netbros at 4:10 PM on December 7, 2008

This is some kind of sick joke. I saw this in my RSS reader JUST as I'm sitting in the living room, staring at the far wall, occasionally watching a mouse sneak out from behind a chair, running along the wall.


Hrmph. City life has its down sides . . .
posted by CommonSense at 4:31 PM on December 7, 2008

The video was impressive, but after reading the the level of care and training for this is amazing. And seeing a dog "dance" backwards is rather strange.

CommonSense: I think rats and mice will follow you wherever you go. Well, maybe not you in particulars, but they're not picky about cities vs suburbs vs the country.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:50 PM on December 7, 2008

I was enchanted. That is, until I came across this line ... Not at least because my mice are not just pets but also food for my reptiles, I attach great importance to their physical health.

At which point I began to fortify my house against the inevitable day that he unleashes his highly trained reptile army to wreak revenge upon the thoughtless citizens who scoffed and mocked his ideas.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 4:58 PM on December 7, 2008

I thought this was going to be a speed and accuracy test for people's computer mouse skills.

(someone should make one of those.)
posted by longsleeves at 5:08 PM on December 7, 2008

You mean like this, longsleeves? Frankly, I thought this post was going to be about that link, actually.
posted by ooga_booga at 5:23 PM on December 7, 2008

You can cheat on that maze game by right clicking to bring up the context menu and then left clicking on the goal so that the flash cursor snaps to that location.
posted by Pyry at 5:58 PM on December 7, 2008

I've had many a pet rat. They are pretty much low maintenance short lifespan dogs with little people hands. Unfortunately, you eventually end up allergic to them.

(If you ever have or know someone who has a pet rat you must feed it hard spaghetti)
posted by srboisvert at 6:08 PM on December 7, 2008

That must have taken him forever to teach the mouse how to do that. Also, the poop on the table is gross.
posted by empath at 6:17 PM on December 7, 2008

i could totally do that course like 10 times faster.
posted by mexican at 6:34 PM on December 7, 2008


I wish you'd told me to turn off my speakers before I did that damn computer mouse maze. I am now deaf.
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:06 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]

srboisvert writes "(If you ever have or know someone who has a pet rat you must feed it hard spaghetti)"


That is so true. Our rat LOVED it.

He had it down to a science - methodically broke it into one inch segments and ate them rapid-fire, like the gopher in the Winnie the Pooh cartoon gnawing on the summer squash.

Had no idea anyone else ever fed that to their rat.
posted by caution live frogs at 7:36 PM on December 7, 2008

Sorry everyone - I'm soooo going to hell for that.
posted by ooga_booga at 10:38 PM on December 7, 2008

All athletes of that caliber are permitted to poop on tables.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:02 AM on December 9, 2008

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