Squirrels!

Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. veronica d
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    Mark Rober is an absolute gem. I love his stuff. Oh and squirrels are pretty cute.Report

    • Michael Cain in reply to veronica d
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      They cause so many power failures that the system(s) used to track the reasons for outages makes “squirrels” a separate category. They will also gnaw through communications cables, both copper and fiber (on a couple of occasions, shutting down the NYSE). When I worked at Bell Labs many years ago, I met one of the world’s experts on squirrels’ sense of taste. The Labs employed him to research compounds that (a) squirrels didn’t like the way it tasted, (b) squirrels didn’t die from ingesting it, and (c) it could be mixed with the plastic sheathing for aerial cables.Report

      • veronica d in reply to Michael Cain
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        The obvious solution was to place difficult, but not impossible, to reach walnut dispensers spread along the path of the cable, to distract the squirrels.Report

        • fillyjonk in reply to veronica d
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          Ah, paying the Squirrelgeld.

          They’re basically rats with better PR.Report

          • Michael Cain in reply to fillyjonk
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            When I was a lad, in a rural area where my uncle the manager of the local John Deere dealership knew all the farmers, and most silos still had wooden roofs, which squirrels would gnaw through allowing rain to get in and ruin the corn, Squirrelgeld was something my uncle arranged and farmers paid me to assassinate squirrels living in their woodlots.

            Too much wine this evening, given that sentence.Report

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