As with Ireland and snakes, Hawaii had no mice until 1916.

That year, the U.S. government tested a radical new invention — parachutes — by hurling mice from biplanes near the Navy base at Pearl Harbor. A few of the critters gnawed through their silk parachute strings after landing and escaped into nearby cane fields.

By 1925, the island’s mouse population was estimated at 29 million.

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