The Mouse Capsule
By: Tiffany Nguyen GDP 118
Random Word Association Technique: 1. I am going to develop a creative and better mousetrap. 2. Words: 2.1. Almonds 2.2. Water 2.3. Sea salt 2.4. Leather 2.5. Gold 2.6. Time 2.7. Nail 2.8. Sharp 2.9. Thistle 2.10. Urn 3. Word Responses 3.1. Almonds-‐Bre 3.2. Water-‐Fiji 3.3. Sea salt-‐Coarse 3.4. Leather-‐Smell 3.5. Gold-‐Hammered 3.6. Time-‐Watch 3.7. Nail-‐Hammer 3.8. Sharp-‐Knife 3.9. Thistle-‐Blue 3.10. Urn-‐Ashes 4. Relationships to words & responses 4.1. My co-‐worker Bre’s father is an almond farmer 4.2. My favorite brand of bottled water is Fiji 4.3. I love the coarse texture of sea salt—it accents food well, especially freshly grilled meats and creamy, buttery caramel 4.4. The smell of a beautiful leather is one of my favorites 4.5. I really would like to purchase a stack of hammered gold rings 4.6. Today I’m wearing the watch I got as a graduation gift—It tells both time and date 4.7. You hammer a nail in order to hang something, or attach one thing to another 4.8. The best tool in the kitchen is a sharp knife. 4.9. I enjoy using blue thistles in fall flower arrangements; they are unusual but still beautiful. 4.10. An urn can be used for many things, but sometimes is used to hold the cremated remains of a loved one. 5. Solutions:
5.1. You could create a mousetrap in which there is a ring on the floor, with bait in the middle. Once the mouse entered the ring, it would trigger a capsule from above to quickly enclose the mouse, cutting off it’s oxygen supply. The capsule could be opened, the mouse disposed of, and re used. 5.2. A guillotine style trap could be made, triggered when a mouse crosses over a specific barrier to get food, but that could be really messy and rather disgusting. 5.3. Using old plastic bottles (large), you could cut off the top and place bait at the end of the bottle, forcing a mouse to crawl into the bottle to retrieve it. The food would contain a poisonous salt, to aid in killing it. But to prevent it from exiting once it had the food, as it enters the chamber it would have tripped a leaver, causing a heavy lid to seal the end of the water bottle, leaving it no room to escape. 5.4. A mouse is attracted to the trap by the scent of food, artificially released through a dispenser. As it climbs onto the dispenser, continually looking for the food, and continually sniffing, the artificial scent, which is poisonous only to rodents, kills it. 5.5. A vase, with a textured outside, is filled at the bottom with cheese. The mouse may climb up and into the vase, but the interior is glazed, so that once it is in, it may not get out. The mouse can be released far away from the home rather than being killed.