The Humble Mouse and the Silver Screen: Famous Mice We Know

The Humble Mouse and the Silver Screen: Famous Mice We Know

Hello and welcome back to Le Rat des Villes! I am continued to be in awe over the wonderful and engaging responses that are left each time I create a new discussion. I found it quite interesting that while there is still a huge percentile of society that think that mice are gross and scary things; our popular culture actually reflects something else.

Through the years, we have seen many a famous mouse grace the screens of theaters and even our television sets. One of them even hired a luxury car in a nice location such as Zurich (www.apexluxurycarhire.com/car-rental-locations/switzerland/zurich/)! So I decided to come up with a list of famous mice throughout the history of our popular culture!

Jerry

One of the more classical parts of any kid’s Saturday mornings, Tom and Jerry has aired for several decades now. You may know Jerry as many different things. In some episodes he is a caring and intelligent mouse just trying to live in his little haven. In others, he acts more like the pesky behavior that mice are known for.

This cartoon is to be noted for its rather violent scenes where knives, pots, and even guns are used to try to best each other. Personally, I liked the episode where Tom was an opera singer and poor Jerry lived in the stage and was just trying to get some shut eye. That scene where Jerry licks a lemon much to Tom’s discomfort will live on in my fond memory.

Mighty Mouse

This might be a little old for those who were not born in the 90’s. Mighty mouse was a very popular character and he even had his own show. He was a superman of sorts with his ability to fly, super strength, and propensity of save the day. It was a fairly straightforward cartoon which taught kids right from wrong. So it was the kind of cartoon that you would not mind showing your child.

In certain parts of the world, he experienced massive popularity and I even remember seeing his name and brand associated with chocolate at one point. They were these brown round pills and they tasted a lot like Ovaltine.

Mickey Mouse

Of course, everyone in the world knows who this character is. He is the main character and flagship mascot of a multi billion dollar conglomerate. Mickey Mouse, along with Minnie, has long ruled at the top of the mouse representation food chain.  Not only are they the stars of several movies and TV shows, but they also have massive representation in other products as well.

Many an adult actually carries a love for Minnie and Mickey Mouse. In fact, they even make them a part of their everyday life like home decoration or even car accessories.

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These are some that I managed to remember without resorting to Google because I didn’t want to cheat. There are certainly quite a number of them but I know that isn’t the entirety. Despite the negative connotations that are usually tied to mice, we sure like to incorporate them into our culture.

Do you guys remember any other famous mice that have been part of our popular culture? And on another note, did anyone of you ever rent a BMW in London from Apex Luxury Car Hire? I’m going on a trip there soon and they have the best reviews so far 🙂

Research for All: What Has Animal Experimentation Yielded For Us?

Research for All: What Has Animal Experimentation Yielded For Us?

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Once again, I would like to express my most sincere thanks for those that continue to provide me with feedback and input regarding my topics of discussion. I particularly like when people share their own tips and advice especially when it comes to the subjects of mice.

This time, I wanted to take a moment and to discuss one of the questions that were sent in to my inbox. It was a query from Nathan from Hong Kong. He had asked what sorts of “benefits” animal experimentation has yielded for humanity as he believes that there is very little that can be obtain beyond superficial things like makeup. While it is quite reprehensible that the cosmetic industry made use of animals for their testing, it should not be confused with biomedical research.

What is Biomedical Research?

This is any scientific research that is predominantly made toward the goal of furthering one’s understanding of the processes and functional capacity of living organisms especially in the face of stress or disease.

Animal testing is more of humans selfishly and thoughtlessly using animals to see how rough their chemicals are before they sell it to humans. Biomedical research like those done on animals like mice, are made with the driving force of understanding how living organism adapt or react to certain conditions. They help our understanding with what the still need to know about.

Biomedical research has accomplished quite a bit. Here are a few of them:

Penicillin

This particular discovery was made by Ernest Chain and Howard Florey who used mice to test their findings regarding staphylococcus bacilli—the strain that usually gives humans a wide variety of skin diseases.

Penicillin is used primarily to find infection that is caused by certain types of mold.

Blood Transfusion

It is thanks to biomedical research that we know the safe limit when transferring blood. We also know what a dangerous point for a person’s blood level is. It was Richard Lewisohn that utilized dogs in his research.

Blood transfusions save millions of live each day. Those that suffer from anemia or have to undergo significant surgery can be kept alive through proper blood transfusion.

Meningitis Vaccine

This bacterial infection has claimed the lives of millions of children back in the early years of medical research. Mice and rabbits saved the day when it was discovered that coupling the bacterial strain with a particular protein made the mice and rabbits immune to the usual infections caused by the meningitis strain.

This vaccine has reduced the number of child deaths due to meningitis by around ninety percent.

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There are so many other things that we need to thank biomedical research for. The ones I’ve mentioned above were some that I remembered off the top of my head (not to brag but I recently had a test about this so I’m pretty confident about its validity). Biomedical research will continue to reshape and change the way we do things, the medicines that we discover, and the way that we combat disease and death.

What do you think biomedical research has given us?

The Fine Line between Progress and Crime: When is Animal Experimentation Ethical

The Fine Line between Progress and Crime: When is Animal Experimentation Ethical

Hey there, welcome back to my blog! I had such a good response to the previous post so I really wanted to express how thankful I am for you special people who take the time to send me emails. I truly appreciate how I received some suggestions for articles and I even got some questions, too! There was one particular question that really stuck out.

It was question posed by Sarah of Wisconsin, USA. She asked: “When is animal experimentation ethical?”

The concept of experimenting on animals has always been a rather touchy subject. Whenever this topic comes up, it is always either of two things: the people who outright denounce any form of animal experimentation and those who think that it is necessary. When it comes to it, the concept of ‘ethical’ experimentation seems to be a contradiction in itself.

Unethical versus Ethical

Just what is that is considered to be unethical? Mostly, it comes down to several things like:

  • Degree of Experimentation
  • Utilization of the Results
  • Handling of Animals

I wholly agree that certain experimentation is critical for progress. This is how we find out what is safe for human consumption or even pharmaceutical discoveries. Animals like the humble mouse are favored subjects for cancer research. When it comes down to it, unethical animal testing is often the result of frivolous pursuits.

One field or industry that is often associated with unethical experimentation on animals is the cosmetic industry. There used to be big name brands that used to test their products on animals like chimps and dogs. Not only is it cruel but it doesn’t make much sense. Animals do not have the same reactions regarding cosmetic things like lipstick and other makeup. So testing them for hypoallergenic purposes does not yield anything important.

Ethical treatment of animals during experiments is often considered to be doubtful but they do occur. It is when facilities take proper care of animals by giving them enough space to move, proper meals that give them ample nutrition, and not subjecting them to experiments that causes them to experience significant pain or discomfort.

The topic of ethical experimentation is still a tad sketchy, in my honest opinion. After all, you can’t be ethical but at the same time subject something to experiments that do not have a wholly secure outcome.

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While there will always be a sort of discord regarding the topic of animal experimentation and ethics, I believe that what we should be looking at is the bigger picture. The reason why certain experimentation procedures—in the field of medicine particularly—are needed is because our laws prevent us from doing human experimentation. That, I think, is just right. That last thing that we need would be people of science using people to further their research.

Brave animals that are included in scientific research are given the burden that we cannot carry. It is through their sacrifice that we are able to unlock knowledge that provides us with better chances of living at a better quality than those before us. Do you agree?

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