Balancing something on the edge of a bucket to make a DIY mouse trap is not a new idea. But when you use video surveillance and a dollop of evil cunning, it turns out you can optimize the automatic mouse-killing process to a scary extent.
Looks like the Make Faire had a taxi problem this weekend, which is probably why organizers invited Life Size Mousetrap creator Mark Perez to the event to do what he does best: Destroy them as elaborately as possible.
Set to the tune of OK Go's This Too Shall Pass, this fantastic song/video parodies OK Go's famed Rube Goldberg video—it's called Mousetrap Never Works. And it'll have you fist-pumping in vindication of your misspent childhood.
Rube Goldberg machines are excessive by definition, but this one, running for over three minutes and spanning across an entire house, is especially extravagant. Zipline? Check. Cellphone call? Check. Game of chess? Checkmate. [BoingBoing]
My favorite cartoon character growing up was the sly Jerry from Tom & Jerry fame, but after seeing the in-action video, I somehow have doubts that even he could survive an encounter with the Better Mousetrap.
Mousesnaps are more humane than regular mousetraps. Sure, vermin still meet a violent and gruesome end, but at least they went out with style.
Attention mice: do not invade engineer Jim Clark's home. Because not only will he build an elaborate trap to ensnare you, he will capture the whole affair with his fancy wireless camera flash strobes.
If you are all about the ethical treatment of animals, avert your eyes. This high-tech mousetrap coffee table concept is nasty—real nasty.
BBG has done an impressive thing: It came up with a list of 10 perfect gadgets, unchanged by time or tech. No need to build the better mousetrap, because the tried and true mousetrap made the list. So did the wristwatch, the toilet and scissors. I don't agree with the inclusion of the toaster (I prefer a toaster…
Industrial designer Roger Arquer came up with four ideas for a non-lethal mousetrap using household objects such as lightbulbs, paper clips, springs and pint glasses. And, of course, cheese. Check the gallery below for his ingenious devices.
I'm not sure what the recent trend is, but everyone seems to be life-sizing my childhood. Remember the game Mousetrap? Yes, the game that was fun for 30 seconds, and not worth the effort and time it took to set it up. Someone has created a life-size replicate of the Mousetrap Rube Goldberg machine. Rather than…