Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Fact from Fiction ***Updated***



Browsing through the newspaper yesterday, I came across a story that I found fascinating. It was reported that in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, a mouse took his revenge on a local homeowner. Luciano Mares, 81, was reported to have caught a mouse inside his house. As he was burning some leaves outside, he tossed the mouse into the fire. The mouse was then reported to have ran from the fire and back into the house. At which time the house caught fire destroying all contents of the home.

I thought that this would make a great post. The story had so many angles to it. I could write about the old adage of if you build a better mousetrap then God would make a better mouse, or maybe a story of mice being the next terrorist arm of PETA, or even a story of one man getting his just desserts. There was only one problem. The entire story is one steaming load of bullshit.

The local newschannel after reading the story sent a reporter to interview Mr. Mares and he stated that he did not know how the reporter came up with his story. He stated that yes it was true that he had killed a mouse earlier in the day and yes he had thrown the dead mouse into the fire. He went on to say that the mouse was dead and stayed that way. It was high winds that carried the fire to his house and caused it to catch fire not a reanimated mouse.

I expect reading hoaxes on e-mails and when surfing the net. In fact, I make it a weekly habit to go to Snopes.com in order to sort through the real from the unreal. I do not expect to read this kind of crap in a regional paper. I hope that this reporter for the AP gets his ass fired. Strange but true stories are something that I can't get enough of but for fake news I can watch 'The Daily Show' or 'SNL'. I do not need it disguised as real news.

*** And Now The Update***

It seems that Luciano Mares has recanted his story (the second one). Now this geezer states that his original story is the straight dope. According to Mares the mouse did indeed escape the fiery inferno. The heat from the blazing leaves loosend this prison of glue and he rushed back to the house starting the fire.

Fort Sumner Fire Cheif, Juan Chavez, believes him. He states, 'There's no reason for him to lie about what he told us. I don't doubt it at all.'

Well maybe he had no reason to lie when he gave his story to the local newschannel, but I can think of a few reasons for him to recant his story to this newschannel; Publishers, talk shows, and possibly free sex from Peta activists to name a few. I know the last item might be a little far-fetched but it is a sick world and I am a happy man.

My apologies to the A.P. reporter. I hope that your pen forever hold ink and that you don't meet up with another wishy-washy geezer for quite some time.

23 comments:

jane said...

omgosh I heard about this story too & found it so HILARIOUS! I've got to link your blog to someone else's who tried to poison a mouse. I told her there was a story I wanted to share with her & THIS is it!!
Can't you picture that little mouse determined on revenge?? lol

.: raven :. said...

i also heard this on the news .. but what i didn't hear was that it was BS ....

omg ... that makes me mad ... bastages!!!

Rocky said...

I found it hard to believe that Stuart Little would sink so low to be an arsonist.
It's interesting that we are hearing more and more accusations of bullshit masqueraded as legit news.

Laurie said...

Yet another reason why I don't get my news from the "mainstream" media.

David Amulet said...

At the same time, we are discovering that the bestselling "nonfiction" paperback in America, A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, in fact has large portions of complete fiction in it.

I have no problem with creative nonfiction -- but it's good to know when you are reading it.

-- david

ozymandiaz said...

i think I saw that cartoon once...not that I spend all of my time watching cartoons. Not all of my time, i do have to go to work every once in a while.

:P fuzzbox said...

jane: It is a great story to bad that it is fiction.

raven: It is rather irratating.

rocky: Stuart Little armed and dangerous could make for a nice childrens book.

laurie: Where does one go for legit news, The Weekly World News, maybe?

david: I didn't realize that book was a fabrication. Do these yo-yo's not believe they are good enough to create legitimate fiction?

ozymandaiz: It wasn't my usual accompaning type pic but I thought it fit. Thanks for the comment.

ella m. said...

Considering how alternately weird/ stupid people can be, you wouldn't think there'd be any need to make odd news items up.

I guess it just proves they're also inherently lazy.

angel, jr. said...

I had read that story somewhere too. It's probably going to become an Urban Legend.

The Phoenix said...

Can you imagine a mouse, glued to one of those mousetrap boards, thrown into a burning fire, and then being able to escape the engulfing inferno, crawling back into the house while still on fire, and somehow creating a fire big enough to destroy the house????

Amazing.

:P fuzzbox said...

ella: I never considered the lazy route. You probably are correct because truely weird things happen all the time.

angel: This one has the makings of a classic.

phoenix: It seems the more amazing a story is the more apt it is to be believed. Human nature I suppose.

siren said...

I'm a little disappointed that it's false...it was such a sweet revenge story.

Ann Alsex said...

Ooohh and I luved that mouse.

Keshi said...

Fiction at it's best :)

Keshi.

Shay said...

Yikes!!!
still scary that his house burned down... I can't decide which is worse, if it HAD been the mouse or that it was high winds...

:P fuzzbox said...

siren: I suppose now that you can go ahead and believe it if you want. Thanks for dropping in I must say that I really enjoy the new Beauty and the Beast blog with you and phoenix. When you are ready for guest posters, give me a holler if you ever want a redneck opinion.

ann: The mouse is gone but his deed or lack of one will be one for the history books.

keshi: This one is getting tough to catagorize now. It could even be a sign of dementia now.

shay: I think that the mouse version is scarier. If a mouse grows bold enough and brave enough to pull this off imagine what bigger and bolder animals can do with their mind set against man.

The Phoenix said...

The guy sounds confused overall. To be honest, if some reporters shoved a camera in my face to explain how the fire might have started, my story of a kamakaze mouse would probably take a backseat to a more logical explanation.

Reiki said...

you seem to be on an animal kick, Fuxx...first the snake story, now this..what's next? Flying Monkeys?

Master - Baiter said...

Yeah ,BLUGG, ain`t you got no house sellin story or somethin like that ???

:P fuzzbox said...

phoenix: I can see how it could be confusing for an 81 year old man but I am still guessing on the PETA angle.

dear jane: Thanks for the suggestion. I can't think of any flying monkey stories but I could have a Beastie Trilogy of some kind. Thanks pershate ya!!!

master baiter: Dang, Haven't seen you in these parts in ages. Glad to see ya drop in. Hope shit is going well in the swamp. No, sadly I don't have any house sellin' stories. But I could stick in some minor mayham in the next post.

Naiad said...

Poor little mouse. Does not care about him?! ;)

:P fuzzbox said...

naiad: You are so right. I will pause for a moment of silence to remember this brave rodent.

Keshi said...

**It could even be a sign of dementia now.


LOL u make me laugh Fuzzbox!

Keshi.