The First Mouse Trap

November 6th Celebrates The First Mouse Trap

Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate how on November 6th 1894, William C. Hooker received a patent for the first mousetrap.

From the patent description it is clear that this is not the first mousetrap of this type, but the patent is for this simplified, easy to manufacture, design. It is the industrial age development of the deadfall trap, but relying on the force of a wound spring rather than gravity.

The classic spring-loaded mousetrap was first patented by William C. Hooker of Abingdon, Illinois, who received US patent for his design in 1894 which was made out of wood.

In 1899, John Mast of Lititz, Pennsylvania, filed a U.S. patent for a modification of Hooker’s design that can be “readily set or adjusted with absolute safety to the person attending thereto, avoiding the liability of having his fingers caught or injured by the striker when it is prematurely or accidentally freed or released.

Today’s mouse traps have the no kill traps where you can trap the little varmint and release it back into the wild. Sort like a paid vacation for our weary little travelers that intruded in your world.

How smart are mice to begin with?

In the novel “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” mice were considered the most intelligent species on the planet. In reality mice are not smarter than humans and several other species, but they are clever.

In the movie called the Green Mile, Mr. Jingles the clever mouse out lived everyone in the movie and also learned a few tricks or two, which made his character so beloved. Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name Chris Caddrock introduces what else Mr. Jingles can do?

As we celebrate the first mouse trap on November 6th 1984, we say hail to the mouse and that he never gets captured by one!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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