Special Sub-Topic: Famous Mice!
|This mouse was homeless in a song by Pink Floyd, and "he's getting rather old but he's a good mouse." Can you name him?|
Gerald. Gerald was featured in the song "Bike" which first appeared on the "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" album, released in 1967. It went to number 6 in the UK album charts.
"I've got a mouse and he hasn't got a house,
I don't know why I call him Gerald"
|The ancient Romans used to use a container called a glisary to raise cute, fluffy dormice in. What did they then do with the mice?|
Ate them as snacks. The edible dormouse, latin name glis-glis, was considered a delicacy in Roman times. The glisary was used to breed a plentiful supply to be roasted and snacked on.
|This famous literary mouse is Algernon, friend and "partner in experiment" of Charlie Gordon. Can you remember what name Charlie and Fay gave to Algernon's girlfriend, the female mouse they bought to keep him company?|
Minnie. Charlie, Algernon, et al. featured in the classic science fiction novel "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. First published in 1966, it won the Nebula Award and was nominated for a Hugo Award.
|Most people have heard of Mighty Mouse - super hero and all round good rodent. In the cartoons his girlfriend was Pearl Pureheart, but what was she called in the comic book stories published in the 50s and 60s?|
Mitzi. The operatic super hero was voiced by both Roy Haley and Tom Morrison - all together now, "Here I come to save the daaaayyyyyyyy"
Mighty Mouse first appeared in 1942, having been altered from a house fly called (who'd have guessed it?) "Superfly," drawn by Izzy Klein. The head of the studio thought a mouse would be more appealing to viewers and Mighty Mouse was 'born'.
|Which classic author wrote a short story about a singing mouse called Josephine?|
Kafka. Kafka wrote "Josephine the Singer" also known as "The Mouse Folk" in 1924, shortly before he died of tuberculosis. It has been proposed that the allegorical story was about Kafka himself, as his tuberculosis was of the larynx, and, like Josephine in the story, he lost his ability to communicate with his voice.
|"Of Mice and Men" has to be one of the most famous "mouse" titles in the World, but do you know whose poem Steinbeck adapted the phrase "of mice and men" from?|
Robbie Burns. "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft agley" was from Robbie Burns work "To a Mouse," written in 1785. The book "Of Mice and Men" was first published in 1937, and featured a scene where a character tried to stroke a mouse and accidentally killed it.
|Where do the mice live in "Bagpuss"? |
The Mouse Organ & Mouse Organ. "Bagpuss" was made by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. Every episode saw the mice singing their 'fixing song' as they restored the "thing that Emily found that someone had lost."
|"The Mouse That Roared" was a tiny Duchy that declared war on the United States in the eponymous story. What was its name?|
Grand Fenwick. The satirical novel "The Mouse That Roared" was published in 1955 and is by Leonard Wibberley. It was made into a film starring Peter Sellers, Leo McKern and William Hartnell, in 1959.
|In 2007, researchers Timothy Holy and Zhongsheng Guo proved that male mice do what in the presence of female mouse pheremones?|
Sing. The researchers discovered that mice can actually sing, and produce recognisable songs on a par with those produced by young birds. The full paper on their work is titled "Holy, T.E., and Z. Guo. 2005. Ultrasonic songs of male mice. PLoS Biology 3(December):e386."
|You may well have seen the film "Stuart Little," featuring the mouse adopted by a family in New York. This film was (very) loosely based on a book of the same name written by which famous children's author?|
EB White. "Stuart Little" was EB White's first children's book, first published in 1945. EB White also wrote "Charlotte's Web."
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