There are almost 7 billion people in the world. But how many mice are there? One morning a couple of months ago we discovered a liberal quantity of mice droppings in the cutlery and pots n pans drawers. Experts advised us that mice are incontinent, so the many droppings could well have come from one small family).
However, if they can cause so much disruption in one home (albeit in the country) I wondered just how many mice there are throughout the world? Google was unusually unauthoritative, and someone suggested that the question should be researched as part of a doctorate thesis.
More usefully I then discovered that an accurate guestimate is that there are one billion mice in the world.
As the world is about 24,906 miles in circumference, if field mice were laid end to end they would only go around half the whole world. It’s a disappointing statistic, as probably most of them were in our kitchen in September rather than stretching around the equator.
Have you read Of Men and Mice by John Steinbeck? I haven’t, but now I know the storyline and hope someone buys it me for Christmas.
I append a BBC documentary from You tube, which puts the novel into its historical context. The documentary is split into two parts on this page, and is narrated by Andy Kershaw, a good old boy from Rochdale, Lancashire. Of Men and Mice is a story of the search for the American dream in California. The story of capitalism is of course a story with a recurring theme. Some people find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but many do not. Steinbeck witnessed the hopelessness of the many losers as a child.
Lancashire, where we live, has many reminders of the history of rapid economic growth in the eighteenth and early part of the nineteenth centuries, which witnessed casualties among working class people sacrificed in the search for economic growth in the UK.