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08 January 2006
  Of Mice and Mayhem

Rodents roasting on an open fire —
Flames a-leaping from my roof —
Although you might think that you've done in that mouse,
Be so certain, oh, so certain he's dead.

With apologies to Bob Wells and the The Velvet Fog.

Flaming MouseHomeowner Luciano Mares of Fort Sumner, New Mexico forgot the cardinal rule of cremation: Make sure the deceased is deceased before placing him in the flames.

According to the BBC story, Mares caught a mouse inside his home. For whatever reason, he didn't kill the creature before tossing in on a pile of burning leaves.

The mouse didn't get out of the blaze before its own fur caught fire, but when it did escape, it ran to its previous place of refuge — Mares' house. Perhaps the extreme drought and arid conditions contributed to the resulting conflagration: The house and all contents burned up in the resulting fire, although no one was hurt.
 
Comments:
Yahoo! news entitled this story, "Mouse Thrown Into Fire Sets Home Ablaze"

I hope this doesn't give any short-signed DP's any ideas. All we need is an army of mice with little pieces of paper that say, "Jesus loves you and wants you to be happy"
 
That's Darwin Award worthy.
 
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