It’s that time of year: when even the mice get cold and come inside. However you decide to deal with them (or not) the quest to build a better mousetrap 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 calls “A Bad Day for Mickey.”


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