Don’t cut the cheese.


Life is full of mysteries.  I am telling you this right now, because I mean it… with all my Mystery-Seeking-Heart.

It is also full of misinformation.  Sometimes, the two are confused… the mystery and the misinformed.  But, I can scratch a barn-burner off your list.

Mice don’t like cheese.   There, dag nab it. I’ve said it.  But it is true.  Recent studies have shown that mice aren’t always attracted to cheese, and sometimes dislike it completely.  I don’t know how all of this got started.  I suspect it was the song.  You know… “The dog takes the cat… the cat takes the mouse… the mouse takes the cheese…”

Research has shown that mice will eat pretty much anything that has any nutritional value.  They will.  They seem to love peanut butter for instance.  Then again….Who doesn’t?  But back to the cheese.  If there is nothing else around to munch on…. mice will eat cheese.

But you give that little guy a choice, and he will tell you he prefer sweeter eats, such as fruits or grains.

Setting a mouse trap with cheese is not the most likely bait to succeed, especially if the rodents have been raiding your cereal cupboard for any amount of time.  Ohhhhh…. They would much rather have a steady diet of Fruit Loops, and Cap’n Crunch.

Another glitch in the system.  Your cat.  If it isn’t catching the mice… it is because the cat LOVES the cheese.   It could be very well that your cat is clearing the mouse traps of the cheese…. not the smart mice.  They are too busy hanging out in your Frosted Mini Wheats box.

It appears, however, that now we will have to change the song. The Dog takes the Cat.  The Cat takes the Cheese.  The Mouse takes the Coca Puffs….

I am pretty sure you would not be able to sleep tonight, without knowing all of this.  So… just think of today’s installment of writing as a Public Service Address.

You’re Welcome.


Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.
–Neil Armstrong

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
–Anais Nin

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
–Oscar Wilde