They were an ordinary group of Indian students in the United States studying for a Masters degree, five boys, all roommates, living in a house near their university. And one day, they were plagued. By two mice. Who scuttled all over their empty kitchen after dinner looking for food. Who made strange noises about the house at night while everyone was fast asleep. Who were two small black balls with tiny paws and powerful noses doing what mice are born to do. The boys, too decided to do what every human is now born to do.
They searched and viewed Youtube videos for methods to rid them of the pests and decided to implement one of them. First, they grabbed the cardboard roll from toilet paper or kitchen roll paper (the narrow cylindrical roll that is left over after the paper is used up). As shown in the video, one end of it was placed on the kitchen counter so that it was half on the counter and half in the air in front of it. Directly below this end was placed an open trash bin which was tall and deep. Chocolate (this was researched as well, they had read that mice were greatly attracted to it) was placed as bait from the end on the counter, inside the tube, right till the other end which was in the air, above the trash bin.
The plan was simple. A mouse, lured by the sweet treats would enter the cardboard tube, eating and moving forward inside it until the tube would begin to teeter over due to the weight of the mouse and … plop! Down would go both the tube and the mouse, falling into the gaping hungry mouth of the open, tall trash bin! Mouse caught, mission accomplished.
And this is really what happened … at least with the first mouse. That one fell into the trap nice and proper and was taken far away outside the house and released. The second mouse did not share the same fate. Perhaps it had watched too many Tom and Jerry cartoons!
The second mouse fell for the bait one night and landed inside the deep trash bin. In the morning, one of the humans went to the bin to see if it had any victims. The boy put his hand inside, picked one end of the cardboard tube which had fallen inside along with the mouse and began to take the tube out of the trash bin.
And wonder of wonders! Within a flash, the clever mouse clung to the tube as it was being lifted up and got a free ride out of the evil trash bin from which it could not escape otherwise! It jumped to the floor and got away to safety, leaving behind a flabbergasted human, tube in hand and a real-life scene straight out of the beloved cat-and-mouse cartoon!
Youtube videos of the set-up along with one in action.