The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading in England "houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside." And, as of a few days ago, it also houses a very dead mouse. The museum posted a blog entry on Wednesday about a newly dead rodent that found in the museum's mouse artifact that was designed in 1861. The post begins:

After logging onto their computers today, staff here at the MERL were greeted by an unusual email from the Assistant Curator:

‘There appears to be a dead mouse in this mousetrap…’

It began.

‘…which is not described as being there on the database.’