Well, that’s one way to get rid of a pest ― and your pesky Latin homework ― all in one fell blow.
The Latin textbook featured above, published in 1684, became an unlikely tomb for a mouse when 19th-century students at the Salisbury Cathedral School in the U.K. put their learning supplies to an unconventional use. The textbook ― and mouse ― are preserved now at the Cathedral library, along with other snippets of the printed word past, such as manuscripts handwritten on vellum nearly a thousand years ago.
If you want to see the adorably preserved corpse in person, head to Salisbury Cathedral for a guided tour of the library, which this month opened to the general public for the first time. In the past, you would have needed a valid academic institution behind you and a serious research purpose for your visit. (Does “I need to see a perfectly flat rodent with my own two eyes before I die” count? Hey, it does now!)
Otherwise, take a gander at a few more angles of the dearly departed mouse, and other Salisbury Cathedral library treasures, below.