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Dec 03, 2008

Plumber Mouse has both a crack and advice

"Ma'am, I think I see the problem here."

"Oh, and nice matches, heh."


"What you have here is a typical Flapper ball rupture. These are common on newer flush valves and are connected to the handle lift arm with a lift chain."


"We'll fix 'er up real nice with a float ball connected to the handle lift arm by a lift wire that runs through a guide arm attached to the overflow pipe." 


Mmmmmkay, Kate and Jeff? [tiny mouse paw hands you a serious bill]

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what is that little guy doin up there?? great cobwebs added for effect :p

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 09:13 PM

Plumb cute! (sorry)

totalee puppy
 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 09:18 PM

Regrettably, most plumbers have a crack. X-P

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 09:19 PM

He looks like mighty mouse -- *after* he has saved the day.

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 09:23 PM

I saw this when I was reading the news today and squealed. Out loud. This is for you, Cute Overload!

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 09:36 PM

He looks like the mouse version of Yoda.

But way cuter!!

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 09:39 PM

Eew - you shoulda seen that spider!...is it still down there - I don't dare even look!...I swear I feel like I'm still covered in cobwebs [shudder]

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 09:42 PM

Aww. Poor little thing looks like it's been through hell. I hope the photographer at least provided a few Cheerios and a warm spot out of the weather.

See, this is why it's such a good thing I don't have a mouse problem of my own. :\

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 09:44 PM

I know what you mean, redbone. If I had a mouse problem in my house I would end up with a mouse pet problem. Especially since my cat is actually a fan of little furballs and would never hurt them :)

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:03 PM

What's this guy charge for a housecall? I'd like to hire him. He looks like he knows what he's doing.

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:06 PM

A meese AND matches?? I can't resist sharing this:

The Country
by Billy Collins

I wondered about you
when you told me never to leave
a box of wooden, strike-anywhere matches
lying around the house because the mice

might get into them and start a fire.
But your face was absolutely straight
when you twisted the lid down on the round tin
where the matches, you said, are always stowed.

Who could sleep that night?
Who could whisk away the thought
of the one unlikely mouse
padding along a cold water pipe

behind the floral wallpaper
gripping a single wooden match
between the needles of his teeth?
Who could not see him rounding a corner,

the blue tip scratching against a rough-hewn beam,
the sudden flare, and the creature
for one bright, shining moment
suddenly thrust ahead of his time -

now a fire-starter, now a torchbearer
in a forgotten ritual, little brown druid
illuminating some ancient night.
Who could fail to notice,

lit up in the blazing insulation,
the tiny looks of wonderment on the faces
of his fellow mice, onetime inhabitants
of what once was your house in the country?

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Dis little guy is so sweet! Tell me he wasn't harmed. I once found a little black mouse in the bathroom, and he looked up at me with beady eyes and twitchy whiskers and I told him, "Look, little guy ... I'm going to get some coffee. If you're gone when I get back, we'll call it good."
He was, and it was. I closed up all the baseboard holes and floorboard holes in the house, got a cat and never say any little meeses again ;-)

Daphne Moss
 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Err..sorry ... I never SAW any little meeses...And another thing...doesn't his scrunched up muzzle imply he had to smell some baaaad things? He needs some nice cheddar.

Daphne Moss
 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Maybe a week ago I said that I thought CO needed more mice + monkeys.
This may have randomly worked but, but in case it wasn't random, THANKYOU SO MUCH.
Seriously, thanks.
I really needed it.

*Hugs* to all.

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Is it just me or does the mouse look like s/he is smirking?

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:20 PM

Oh for BLEENing out LOUD!

Can we keep 'im? Can we keep 'im? Pleease?

See also: These tiny little balls of fluffy mousitude:
Tiniest of mousies: http://erroraccessdenied.com/node/1496
Ball of Fluff... With feet! http://erroraccessdenied.com/node/1497

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:42 PM

This is a scene from a Disney movie, right? The heroic little mouse has the voice of Michael J. Fox and Alan Rickman is the voice of a twitchy tom cat who is out to get him.

(And I love Billy Collins, thanks for the poetry, pomegirl.)

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:48 PM

'I'm not here!'

'Really, I'm a decorative feature of the plunger.'

'Don't squish my head.'

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Great poem! I must know how these photos came about, though.

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 10:58 PM

The poor baby looks so vulnerable.

BTW, that's a pretty nice bathroom. All I got are boring white walls.

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 11:32 PM

I'd worry about the poor little mousie... it's not normal for a "wild" house mouse to be up high, in the light, and sufficiently unafraid of people to have his eyes half-closed. I hope he's not sick!

 |  Dec 03, 2008 at 11:51 PM

awww hes sooo cute! I hope he hada nice safe relocation to somewhere less spiderwebby :)

Em (the 1st)
 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 12:27 AM


I hope you gave him a treat or two! Especially after he was so nice to clean the cobwebs off the baseboards for you!

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 12:49 AM

he's cute!

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 12:55 AM

My guess is he was chased up there after running behind some furniture with stealth cobwebs underneath. The householder then melted from the extreme cuteness and dropped the box or whatever to grab the digicam.

He's probably had quite an aerobic workout and that's why he looks so sleepy.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 01:32 AM

I love his little cobwebby head! I want to make him a home in a Kleenex box and feed him peanut butter crackers.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 01:51 AM

No, no, no, this is the brochure for "Cobby's Cobweb Service". 'Got the webs?'
We've got the solution! Cobby's Cob Web Service will clean your cobwebs for peanuts and we'll even throw in the complimentary plunger evaluation! So, for service in a scurry, call Cobby's Cob Web Service today!

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 03:38 AM

Excellent Katrina!

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 04:01 AM

WHAT do you MEAN, no plumber mouse'tock jokes?

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 04:25 AM

I like it too Katrina, and I loved the poem.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 04:28 AM

Let's have no cracks about mouse 'tocks!

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 04:41 AM

@Katrina: ROFL!!! I need that service! I wonder if they have associates who can get up and get the cobwebs around the ceiling? Maybe a friendly birdie who would sweep them off?

Meeses are cute, but I must confess I screamed like a girl the one time I came face-to-face with one in my house.

Gail (the first one)
 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 04:45 AM

Got mice? This humane trap works wonderfully at our house: http://www.veganstore.com/smart-humane-mousetrap/Page_1/266.html

Just be sure to check it several times a day and be prepared to release the mice in a sheltered area at least a half mile from your home. :)

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 05:03 AM

When I saw the first picture I didn't realize what it was, so I was wondering why there was a tiny ostrich head coming out of the floor. >_> Really cute mouse, though.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 05:08 AM

he's soooo cute!!! I could cuddle him, and clean him, and call him george.

renee in tx
 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 05:11 AM

Hmmmm....I think the correct caption for this could be...


 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 05:19 AM

*SIGH* How can such nasty little disease vectors be so *#@*!! cute? The prob with a mouse in the house is that it leaves ... ahem ... memorabilia all over the place including the food cupboards, silverware drawers, counter tops, etc., etc.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 05:21 AM

Leilani- And thats nothing compared to all the bacteria and germs in your mouth and everyother human's mouth...
so remember kids, brush 3 times a day and dont forget to floss! *headtilt*

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 05:41 AM

"Tada!!" *tiny mice applause*

Actually it looks like he's about to reach enlightenment. No disturbing, everybody.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 05:49 AM

katiedid, people don't typically carry hantavirus, bubonic plague, or rabies for failing to brush. ;)

I'm with Leilani. They're *#@*!! cute, but out west we have a justifiable aversion to wild critters moving into our homes and leaving... "memorabilia".

Still... awww @ his leetle pink feets.

Michelle S
 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 05:58 AM

It's nice to see a meece in one piece. I usually come home to the mangled remains, left on the carpet by one of my cats.

Hon Glad
 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 06:04 AM

Joe the Plumber, you're toast! The mouse is going to steal all your customers!

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 06:27 AM

GAH! To be honest, this turns out to be my most ever favorite picture that has ever been posted here.

I have at least 2 mice in my house, I have tried 4 different non-lethal methods of catching them and not one has worked. I quietly watch them run up and down my hallway at night while we're watching TV. Right past the traps. :|

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 06:37 AM

Maybe this is a live promotion for "The Tale of Despereaux" movie? I'd go to a movie if these whiskers told me to go.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 06:55 AM

So adorable. I know mice are not loved by many, but I think they're quite cute. (Much less so, I'm sure, if they're taking over an attic/basement and leaving droppings everywhere.)

He looks cold and tired. :( Give him foods and cuddles, plz.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 07:18 AM

Looks more like a gerbil than a mouse. Still cute though :)

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 07:19 AM

Mystic mountaintop mouse dispenses wisdom to the worthy.

*You* get plumbing advice.

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 07:23 AM

Aah! Please, take the little fella down and give him a cuddle and a treat or two.

Then find him a nice large cage with plenty of food, water, warmth and love in.

Me lubs the meese. :-)

 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 07:24 AM

Could this possibly be a pet mouse and not an invader? A "wild" mouse would never make itself so vulnerable...unless there was a cat or other animal after it. It looks so cute but helpless and it kind makes me sad with all the cobwebs and closed eyes.

Elisha B.
 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 07:24 AM

Aww... he's all sleepies!! We'll just turn off the light, walk away, and let you continue honk shu-ing.

Mo K.
 |  Dec 04, 2008 at 07:28 AM

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