By James Grahame
Things you might not know about the common mousetrap:
Thing Number One: Legend has it that the traditional Whack It Over The Neck With a Metal Bar mousetrap was invented by Hiram Maxim, creator of the Maxim machine gun. Not a particularly sweet fellow, it seems. That said, the US Patent Office awarded patent 661,068 on November 6, 1900 to C.F. Nelson for a mighty familiar looking "Animal Trap."
Thing Number Two: Mice don't like cheese. You'll have far more luck baiting the trap with a morsel of meat or even chocolate.
You might be wondering why I'm telling you this. Well, it's bait. Ralph Waldo Emerson is famously quoted as saying, "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door." If that's the case, why isn't there some incredibly wealthy inventor living in the Cayman Islands off the proceeds from her invention of The Better Universal Remote Control?
My plea: Can any of you recommend a good programmable remote that doesn't cost an arm and three legs, yet controls a VCR, DVD player or two, TV, stereo, and cassette deck? Every one I've tried so far manages to misconfigure an essential function or two.