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The source of the 'tale' of Three blind mice.
The words to the Three Blind Mice are based in English history. The 'farmer's wife' refers to the daughter of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I. Mary was a faithful Catholic and her vicious persecution of Protestants led to the nickname of 'Bloody Mary'. The reference to 'farmer's wife' in Three Blind Mice refers to the massive estates which she, and her husband King Philip of Spain, possessed.

The Three Blind Mice were three noblemen who obeyed the Protestant faith who were convicted of plotting against the Queen. She did not have them dismembered and blinded as inferred in the Three Blind Mice but did have them burnt at the stake.

Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • They will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • They eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • They are very neat as they will sleep, eat and defecate in different places.
  • They do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • They can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouse’s tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollars’ worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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