May 7, 2007

Finally - A Mouse Mouse

Much hoo-haa over the mouse mouse, pictured above.

Some commenters didn’t quite grasp the concept of buying a frozen dead mouse from a pet store, perhaps believing that a dead mouse is something more profound than a dead mouse.

An inadvertently excellent suggestion for future ventures came from one of the many disgusted and repelled critics:

“In concept ONLY it is funny, maybe brainstorming over a beer.... but it is sick to really go to finish. What is next, a dust buster Dust BUNNY?”

Well, now that you mention it ...


  1. Anonymous10:13 PM

    Hey Caz, I want one of those!
    Naaa Just kidding.

    Btw Caz did you know that a duck's
    "quack" doesn't echo, and no one knows why?

  2. Anonymous11:05 PM

    Oh.. okay Caz, just thought I'd throw that bit of inane quackery in to see if you were were awake!

    Early night for me tonight!!

  3. Yep, you missed me Kath, logged off early.

    The echo thing is pretty strange, isn't it?

    Mind you, I think one of the most interesting things about the duck genitals research is that, it would seem, no one took the least bit of interest until 1999, when the lady researcher, ah, "noticed" a long dangly thing.

    How is it that no one had noticed before? Or, perhaps, more accurately, no one was curious enough to look into it further, as it were?

    Just when you think all the most obvious things have been studied ... well, still so much to do, hey?

  4. Being a old (but young) cranky cynical git, I took a look on Snopes about this duck quack echo story, and they seem very doubtful about it. Apparently some scientist guy actually tested it out on a whole bunch of ducks in an echo chamber and concluded that yes, the ducks quack *does* echo.

    They do not report, however, what happened to the ducks afterwards, although they presumably lived out a long and happy life, surviving on the generous pension provided to them by the government, happy that they had Quacked the case of the missing echo!

  5. Oooh, they've redesigned their site, much better, I think.

    I lurve the other examples he gives Tim:

    " Julius Caesar was left-handed, and no one knows why.

    Banging your head against a solid wall really hurts, and no one knows why.

    Although he is being a tad harsh, given the evidence:

    ""A duck quacks rather quietly, so the sound coming back is at a low level and might not be heard,"

    "Also, a quack is a fading sound. It has a gradual decay, so it's hard to tell the difference between the actual quack and the echo. That's especially true if you haven't previously heard what it sounds like with no reflections."

    Soooooo, the belief is understandable, even though untrue.

    On the other hand, we still don't know why some sand dunes sing.

  6. Anonymous9:03 PM

    You is just too smart for your own good Caz!

    Yes.. The sand dunes singing IS rather puzzling eh? I remember your post on that subject.

    Some things we may never know..

  7. Oh, Kath, you do keep me on my toes!

    I had totally forgotten that I did a post on it.

    I threw it in for Timmy, because he's so clever - and kulcha-ed too, like you are - I was thinking along the lines of "so there buddy, now go solve the singing sand dunes for us. Huh!"

    Wouldn't it be fun if he rose to the challenge though?

    Yet another area of obscure research, for which real people get paid real money.

    As I've said before, I envy people like that. Clever people doing amazing, and very possibly utterly useless, things. That'd be pretty cool Kath.

  8. Extensive duck talk on a post about frozen mice... I can't figure this one out.

  9. Anonymous9:15 PM

    I'm starting to worry a bit mate.

    The big Cox is out due to injury, and Dennis Cometti picks Geelong for the win on Sunday!!

    Quick... Pass the smellin' salts!!

  10. Calm down Kath, have a nicely chilled glass of something.

    Cometti is toying with you.

    Cruel of him.

  11. Anonymous11:49 PM


  12. "Duck Quack Echo" would be a great band name.

  13. Hey, that dead mouse is still here.

  14. I'm loath to admit how fond I am of the mouse mouse Drunka.

    A large dollop of my fondness is the hysterical reaction that ensured, directed at the innovators who created what is, after all, an obvious evolution. (The only real question is why no one did this sooner?)

    What's wrong with a little taxidermy?