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Hurricanes Happen, The Earth Quakes, Politicians Bluster and Celebrity Scandals come and go but the mouse science stories just keep rolling. This lastest shows how behaving like us can make mice fatter.

Mouse Science And Even More Mouse Science
by fatsally
2010-02-24
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KEYWORDS: science, scientists, intelligence, mouse, snacks, research, obese, obesity, calories, fat, human, humour, humor

Isn't it about time we started doing something about the incredible cruelty to mice perpetrated by scientists?

Boggartblog has previously brought you many stories concerning mouse science but now we are getting rather more worried.

In an article in The Times Amanda Ursell is discussing the allleged dieting myth that eating later results in fewer calories burned.

It seems that an experiment has been conducted using 12 mice, some of whom fed through the day and some through the night. Let's assume for the sake of symmetry at the very least, if not keeping factors constant as one ought to, that this was an equal split, six mice eating during the day and six mice eating at night.

All the mice were fed the same high fat diet and obviously the same calories.

She goes on to state that the mice that fed through the day gained 5lbs whilst those that fed through the night gained 10lbs.

So how much do you reckon a mouse weighs in the first place? They're not very big, 3 - 4 inches, long excluding tails - and I have to admit that of the vast number of mice I come into contact with some are tailless, there again some of them are headless but most just appear to be a gall bladder and a bit of blood. When intact they are maybe a couple of inches high. They can't weigh much more than 8 ozs; that's an ordinary packet of butter or quarter of a bag of sugar or four and a half standard Mars bars.

So in six weeks six of these mice put on 5lb. Even assuming that this is collectively it means that each of these mice more than doubled it's body weight in the six week period.

But the other six put on twice that much. How big were these mice when they'd finished?

Did they scientists have to build mazes with wider corridors for the lardarse rodents to go through?

Was the cardboard tube from inside a toilet roll no longer wide enough to allow access, did they have to use those cardboard tubes that architects use to contain and transport their designs in?

Did the lab cat refuse to enter the lab any longer as the heavyweight mice were eyeing it hungrily?

Did the scientists advise the mice that they were now morbidly obese and then allow them to lie about all day watching Oprah and Tricia and Jeremy Kyle and sending out for Whopper meals with extra large fries and a litre of coke?

Or was the food left at the far end of the maze and the poor mice just had to wait, Pooh style, until they were thin enough to fit down the passages once again?

And how many of these mice blamed thier excessive weight gain on their genes?

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