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Andy Cohen contemplates the ick factor of a dead mouse.

on Jul 15, 20100

This morning I saw a dead little mouse on Hudson Street. It looked both sad and cute all at once, and so I took a picture and tweeted it and asked whether it was gross or cute. How can something dead be cute, I wondered....

Here's the pic, by the way. You can't tell how very very teeeny this lil critter is/was by the pic because I got up close to it.

So I got over 100 responses and they were decidedly mixed. Many people thought the mouse was still quite cute, even in its dead-ness. Many thought that it was, in fact, a rat. Many New Yorkers commented that they were pleased that there is one less rodent plaguing the city.  Several people thought that I was in need of a vacation, and — along those lines — several un-followed me and said that I am grosser than the dead thing. Someone said that it WAS cute and is now actually gross. (Editor's Note: It's gross!)

A couple people asked if anybody saw me taking the picture. (They did not). Some commented that the wetness surrounding the rodent was grosser than the dead thing. (I think it was a puddle.) There were comments about how huge the rodent is. I want to reiterate that it was teeeeensy and it only looks big.

OK maybe it is very gross. I am sorry to have put that out there. 

Now, on to some follow up news to a story no one cared about in the first place, I did NOT wind up watching Big Brother last night, nor did I do anything about my ear yesterday. It maybe feels a little better. I can't tell. Soon I will put it back in the ocean where maybe it will get worse again. Thank you for all your ear-vice though. I learned a lot!

Tonight, Bethenny goes to St. Bart's on her honeymoon. And if THAT isn't a little comic relief to a week of hair extension pulling then I do not know what is.

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15 comments
Nova
Nova

As a New York apartment dweller, I’ve seen my fair share of mice and I agree – they are gross! But what I found even worse was setting the traps around my apartment. So last year, I launched a line of hand-painted designer mousetraps called Mousesnaps (www.mousesnaps.com).

Since we launched, many people have been outspoken about how “despicable” is it to make a mousetrap cute – but just as many have thanked us for helping make pest control more bearable. I’m happy to send a sample if you’re interested!

Krista S.
Krista S.

Hey Andy,

Can Bravo do a award show for all the reality shows on bravo? I think it needs to be done cause all the shows are full with such craziness and meaningful happenings that I think there should be awards given. Hell Danielle Staub performance alone deserves some sort of over dramatic award. OH oh... you could also have a best song category. OH please do it!!!!!! Let me know.

Shake it around for me in your head and with the Bravo suits.

Good evening, Krista S. ~ La Crosse, Wisconsin

dressingontheside
dressingontheside

okay...dead mouse...might be cute at the moment but when you find dead mouse after you've been gone for a week on vacation and walk into the living room and say "ewwwwww...what's that smell? is that dead? do I smell dead?" gross. so,so, gross. Tonight--Bethenny-TOO FUNNY. Everything. The iguana. The swollen body parts. The eating. She's a fun fest. Love her. Love Jason.

Viewer  Vickie
Viewer Vickie

I have had pet mice and rats. They are cute and playful. I don't like the rats and mice that run around the streets. Go to pet shops and check them out. They can be fun pets.

karentc
karentc

Andy, I have been told that mice always travel in pairs!! What did you do with its mate?

Diana Williams
Diana Williams

Poor little sweet mouse.Makes you wonder if he had a family and they are waiting for his return.Yes it is only a mouse but he made you feel something for him.You even cared enough to take a picture and show your fans. A bird was hit by a car in front of my house yesterday.My son(30 yrs)Neil pulls up and was upset since it was a bird that I feed in the back yard.He picked it up with a small shovel and put him to rest in the park under the bushes.Thanks for sharing.Have a nice day Andy.Love ya Diana

mmc
mmc

Andy, don't go in the ocean( or even a pool) until your ear is totally better.My Grandaughter had 'swimmers ear' and it got so bad she had to go to the Dr. for an antibiotic.If yours doesn't get better don't do home remedies unless you know the source very well.I'm not one to like a lot of antibiotics but sometimes you need them.Hope you feel better soon. I'm hearing rumors that Alex and Simon won't be back on NYC housewives.that would be a big mistake.They balance everyone else out.Please say it isn't so.I'm disliking most of the other housewives shows.please don't screw up the only decent one left!!!!!

cpreynolds
cpreynolds

Gee thanks, Andy. I always love to be surprised by dead animal pictures.

GodslillestCreatures
GodslillestCreatures

Andy, for me, my first reaction is sadness, but then I flash back to when I was seven. I have not told many people in this world what I am about to say, because even at that age, I knew it would not go over big. And the older I got, the happier I was that I never told too many. Only those people that understand me and who I am. About 4 people? But since your name is Andy, and that was my beloved Father's name, I will tell you....and the rest of Bravo..I followed a group of kids carrying a brown dog from the front yard to the rear yard of a house. They layed the dog down and run away, to find it's owner. As I stood there, not knowing what had happened. I saw it...I saw a white film shaped like the dog rising above it's body. It got about 3 ft. above and disappeared as if never having been there. When the kids came back, just minutes later, they said the dog had been hit by a car. And the owner was not home. I said nothing about what I saw, because at that age, I wasn't sure what I saw. At that point, the only thing I learned in Sunday school was banging on the piano and making macaroni art. So when I lost my lab last September, I was so sad that I would not be able to hold that snout again, but figured, it must be true, dogs do go to heaven. And if dogs can go to heaven, why can't mice? and cats, and birds? So while I feel sad that the little creature on the cement did not have a proper resting place, I do believe that he scurries once again and a place that is cleaner and smells better than NY.

ihrtbrvo
ihrtbrvo

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Alice May
Mary Alice May

that is a puddle of dead mouse pee. glad I was done eating lunch!

Mouse Lover
Mouse Lover

I found a mouse (it was living) on my patio last weekend. It gave me the heebie jeebies. I threw mothballs out there since I heard that rodents hate the smell of mothballs. The mouse didn't leave but looked out of it(drugged by mothballs?). Then I felt bad because I thought, "Maybe I've killed this innocent creature due to my fear and now I feel bad". I then threw out a cracker. The cracker was moved a bit during the day and little pieces were eaten out of it. I started calling the mouse, "Mouseketeer" and looking out to my patio often during the day. One day, it was just gone. I hope it took its cracker and moved on and I'm glad to know now, that I was not the cause of its demise.

Antony
Antony

It's not gross, just dead. Death is what it is, some folks need to get used to it.

I would like to think that your picture of that mouse is like an open casket at a funeral. By taking that picture you gave us all a chance to appreciate the cuteness of a mouse and contemplate the sadness of death.

Avid
Avid

Gross. Methinks you need anice, long vacation of this is what you consider "cute".

romy
romy

unnecessary grossness: the mouse and RHNJ