So the other night I go into the garage, where we keep a small pantry of food, including some Top Ramen. Our garage is quite cold, just above freezing. Of course, it's cold because it's -16 f. outside. So anyhow, I reach to get a few packages of ramen to bring up and replenish our kitchen. I pick up a package and notice it has a ragged hole in it, about the size of a quarter. The entire package is empty, other than the foil package of flavoring which is still in it.
"Hm. That's odd." I figure it was a factory defect or something. I grab the package behind it, and the package has a big ol' rip in it, and it looks like a hungry person bit out a quarter of it, it even had that rounded look as if a big mouth went "chomp" on it. I see a few grains of what looks like black rice, and realize, that ain't rice! We have a mouse in the garage, and it's eating our Top Ramen!
I go to Ace Hardware and spend a whopping $1.99 to acquire a two-pack of classic Victor snap traps, put a tempting dab of peanut butter on the bait lever, set them up around the box of Top Ramen, and call it a night. In the morning, lo and behold, there is the mousy culprit. He was a fat one! Doubtless, that mouse was spending the winter eating ramen. I guess mice love ramen. Oh yeah, it was so cold in the garage the mouse was basically frozen, his little tail stuck out, stiff as a board. Oh well, he went into the trash can along with the two ramen packages.
That was yesterday. Today is Saturday. I pull the food off the shelves and search for clues. In the box next to the ramen, I find our deceased rodent's winter home. We had a box of plastic "Thank You" bags, and he was clearly housed in there. The box reeked of nasty mouse urine, and brown stains were running down the white stack of bags. There were bits of mouse poo throughout it. Well, the bags are in the recycle bin (well, we use a plastic bag for bags, a meta-bag if you will), and the box is in the recycle bin, too. Both mouse traps are now on a silent watch, waiting to catch any other unwanted winter rodent vacationers we may be lodging. But that last guy, he's eaten his last Top Ramen.