The quest to build a better mouse trap has led inventors down some strange, sadistic and sometimes even beautiful design roads. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum happens to have a fantastic collection of historical and contemporary traps. CSPM Executive Director Matt Mayberry picked out some of his favorites to share with us in a virtual exhibition he’d like to call “A Bad Day for Mickey.” Works for us.

 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant opened at $92.70 a share on the New York stock exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history. They were priced at $68 a share.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Most parents say they have used corporal punishment. But there’s abundant evidence that it doesn’t improve behavior over time. Changing how parents talk to children does work, but it takes practice.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Sushi is supposed to be eaten at room temperature and right after it’s made. So why are we buying out of the cold case at the supermarket? And where are all the female sushi chefs?
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · For most of Geena Rocero’s career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · The award-winning Nashville singer-songwriter performs four songs from his new, self-titled album.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Our regular puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a mix of classic rock and iconic pop fills. Hear the fill and match it to the song.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Now that the Scottish people have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, it’s time to salute their classical musicians — from soprano Mary Garden to composer James MacMillan.
 

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