When is a mouse not a mouse?

February 12, 2011 at 10:07:28
Specs: Windows XP Prof SP3, AMD Athlon XP 2800+/
A bought myself a wireless mouse the other day. It only cost £7.13 ($11.14) from ASDA (Walmart in the US).

While I was using it a thought occurred to me. A computer mouse is called a mouse becasue it is about the same size as a mouse with a long tail. But this thing hadn't got a tail, so it cannot be a mouse. After a bit of though I have decided that it is now a hamster becasue hamster's only have short stubby tails.

So from now on I will clicking my hamster and moving my hamster pointer around the screen.

Stuart


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#1
February 12, 2011 at 10:15:56
I picture a mouse that looks like a cyborg to show the progression of technology.

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#2
February 12, 2011 at 11:16:35
It could be a dumb mouse that got his tail caught in a trap and had to chew it off to get away.

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#3
February 12, 2011 at 11:26:27
Nah. My hamster is pretty smart. It switches itself off after ten minutes to save the batteries and it knows its left from its right better than I do.

Stuart


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#4
February 12, 2011 at 12:24:19
A mouse especially a wireless mouse can morph into a group of roaches when for the umteenth time something has interfierd with the signal causing the mose not to work. This is aided by the Randy Johnson like pitching of said mouse agaisnt the far wall thereby shattering it into hundreds of smaller pieces that for a moment look like roaches on the kitchen floor when you turn the light on in the middle of the night.

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#5
February 12, 2011 at 13:28:00
Its well behaved my hamster is, I don't think I will be throwing it at the wall. The last time I threw anything at the wall it was a telephone, but that was more to do with the person on the other end rather than the failings of the telephone.

Stuart


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#6
February 13, 2011 at 02:16:04
I see it more as the naming of the individual than naming of the breed.

One of my daughters has two rabbits. The first was named "Dussa". The second, due to its size when new, was named "The little Rabbit", and has kept this name despite it now has grown bigger than "Dussa".

My other daughter had two parrots. The first already had the name "Jacko" when she got it. The second, bought one year later, was named "The other Bird".

Back on topic. Evolution has altered/divided the appearance of mice (mouses?), however the earlier variants with ball and tail still exist, and they all are mice. I see no reason you can't call your mouse "hamster", but IMO it still is a mouse, regardless it's name.

Nigel

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#7
February 13, 2011 at 05:33:50
Its not a mouse, its a hamster. All mice have tails, it is one of their defining characteristics. This hamster has no tail.

Stuart


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#8
February 13, 2011 at 14:43:59
Does your hamster have a wheel it runs on or does it just lay there getting fat????

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#9
February 13, 2011 at 15:23:18
It has a wheel but it is on its back so I suppose it just lays around until I move it.

Stuart


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#10
February 13, 2011 at 15:45:50
It still a mouse just a new species, it's all part of Evolution: Mus cauda non

MIKE

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#11
March 1, 2011 at 05:14:57
A Manx cat is still a cat....

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#12
March 1, 2011 at 05:50:46
Back when personal computers first started evolving wasn't there someone that put out a machine with something like a mouse that they called something else? I seem to remember it had some odd name but I can't find anything on it now probably because I don't remember the computer manufacturer.

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#13
March 2, 2011 at 08:54:32
so what is the Razer Naga called "mouse board" or flouracent mouse

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