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Mice really not all that fond of cheese

NEWS.com.au
According to folklore, the best way to catch a mouse is with a lump of cheese. If Tom and Jerry cartoons are to be believed, the smell will soon have a rodent dashing out of its mouse hole. But research shows the theory has a few holes in it.

A study by experts at Manchester Metropolitan University, together with the Stilton Cheese Makers Association, found mice turned their noses up at most cheeses – particularly the famous blue sort with its pungent aroma. Instead, they preferred high-sugar foods like grains, bread, porridge oats or dried fruit.

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Just buried in work—literally

NEWS.com.au
A Dutch gravedigger had to be rescued last week after he accidentally buried himself. The 62-year-old man was digging a grave when the trailer he had been filling with earth tipped over.

Happily, his workmate was on hand to move the trailer and uncover his face. The fire brigade dug him out within an hour, largely unhurt apart from a bruised sense of dignity.

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Crime tip: Don’t stuff exploding dye pack into waistband

NEWS.com.au
Kenneth Ray Brooks is sore, embarrassed and awaiting trial after his attempt to rob a Florida bank ended with his trousers exploding. The bungling thief walked into Orlando’s Centura Bank and shouted, “I’m holding down the joint,” according to The Orlando Sentinel. Police reports said he then “stuffed a stack of bills into his waistband and pushed the money down out of view”.

Shortly after he left the bank, a dye pack concealed in the money exploded.

A police spokeswoman said: “Witnesses said they could see smoke coming out of his pants.”

Officers attending the scene quickly identified the suspect by “his discomfort and bright red dye on both hands”.

Having been interviewed by police, Brooks “walked very slowly to a waiting ambulance”. He was treated for burns and charged with attempted robbery. The FBI will advise him on the best method to remove the dye from his “hands and lower torso”.

September 11, 2006 Posted by | Crime, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Crime tip: Don’t stuff exploding dye pack into waistband