Everything is usually way cooler in slow-motion. An amazing football catch, a kick-ass movie fight scene, a gravity-defying skateboard trick—but apparently that logic doesn’t apply to some dude sticking his tongue in a loaded mouse trap. If you don’t cringe in horror when watching this, then you’re not human.
Now here’s a testament to build quality. If you’ve ever lamented about your electronics dying after just a few years, you’ll be impressed with Colin Pullinger & Sons’ Perpetual Mouse Trap which, 155 years after its design was originally patented, is still successfully catching mice.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once advised, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” The world would have been in for a bit of a shock if they’d found themselves at the door of one J.E. Bennett of Fredonia, Texas in 1882. That’s the year he patented the mousetrap pictured above.
Pepsi celebrated the New Year with a cool visual experiment: They put thousands of ping pong balls on mousetraps, then they actioned one of the traps making the ball fall on the others triggering an epic chain reaction .
They're a staple of cartoon prankery, but thanks to the magic of high-speed photography, we now have real-life proof that a room full of primed mouse traps is an awesome thing. The Slow Mo Guys put 150 of them on a table and then sacrificed themselves for science—and some awesome footage—by setting them off.
Chemistry students at Horizon Science Academy in Cleveland had to illustrate a nuclear chain reaction and came up with this video. I wish nuclear chain reactions were always this fun.
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.