Monday, January 09, 2006

Urban legend becomes reality, again, as mouse burns down house

From the BBC, how not to dispose of live rodents:

A US man who threw a mouse onto a pile of burning leaves could only watch in horror as it ran into his house and set the building ablaze.

Luciano Mares, 81, of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, found the mouse in his home and wanted to get rid of it.

"I had some leaves burning outside, so I threw it in the fire, and the mouse was on fire and ran back at the house," he was quoted as saying by AP.

Though no-one was injured, the house and everything in it was destroyed.

UPDATE: This is not true--the mouse was dead when thrown into the fire, which was blown into the house by wind.

UPDATE January 12: Now Mares is sticking with the original story.

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