Another belief cherished by millions demolished:

Mice, say British researchers, don’t like cheese.

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    • Walrus on September 6, 2006 at 8:42 pm
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    :o) Something like that. It looks like they determined that high-protein foods like cheese are not their natural preference. But from what I know of mice, they’ll eat just about anything that’s available, which is one of the reasons for their near ubiquity. Given a choice between grain and cheese, maybe they’d take the grain, but I bet baiting mousetraps with cheese still works.

    • Edward Willett on September 6, 2006 at 8:38 pm
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    Well, it says they came to the conclusion “after studying their diet and those of other animals,” althought I admit details are sorely lacking…

    Do you smell a rat? 🙂

    • Walrus on September 6, 2006 at 5:00 pm
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    “Mice respond to the smell, texture and taste of food and cheese is something that would not be available to them in their natural environment” and therefore they would not respond to it.

    Note the conditional. It doesn’t seem like they actually checked.

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