Tibetan activist squirrel forces Switzerland to miss Olympic closing ceremony

Well that’s nutty!

It seems that a power outage caused an 80 minute TV blackout across Switzerland just timed so that the entire nation missed the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

The reason given for the outage was that a squirrel broke into a Zürich power plant and disabled the entire facility. Yes, a squirrel. An Eichhörnchen (am I the only person who can’t pronounce that word while sober?)

Now… I wouldn’t want to be accused of creating conspiracy theories out of thin air… but I must say, this seems pretty fishy to me. For a start, were you or I to enter a power plant, we wouldn’t have the first clue about how to go about shutting the thing down, right? We’d probably manage to turn off the photocopier, or disable a light switch – but a whole power plant? No – this was clearly a highly trained squirrel.

Second, we are not talking about some accident here. This was clearly a Kamikaze squirrel. We are told the rodent actually subjected itself to an 11,000 volt electric shock. That’s commitment to the cause if ever I saw it. No, this was no bungler – this was a fanatical activist squirrel.

Third, we know there have been protests about China’s human rights record in Tibet (and need I even mention the fate of small furry rodents that fall into the hands of Chinese Chefs). This particular squirrel – who I shall codename Bya ma byi (wow.. isn’t there some amazingly useless stuff on the internet!) was obviously part of a highly organised and dedicated gang of suicide rodents.

Their masterplan was carried out to perfection – the timing was perfect. Bya ma byi crept by stealth into the power station and using all the skills he’d learnt at squirrel terrorist training camp, hurled himself into the innermost workings of the switching station at the crucial moment.

The whole of Switzerland was blacked out – nobody could receive coverage of the Olympic closing ceremony.

Of course, it was Bye Bye to Bya ma byi. But then, some technicians in Zürich are probably dining well tonight.

A totally unrelated squirrel

A totally unrelated squirrel


Filed under food, Life in Germany

6 responses to “Tibetan activist squirrel forces Switzerland to miss Olympic closing ceremony

  1. Hmmm. I wonder if the Tibetan squirrel’s German cousins were the ones responsible for all the outages I witnessed on satellite during the recent Turkey-Germany football game?

  2. Pingback: Black out in Switzerland « Surreal, Squirrels, & Espresso

  3. Mairead

    When I read this on the BBC site I did chuckle to myself…in my old job oop north in Cheadle Hulme we were at the end of thepower lines for the grid. One morning a rather silly squirrel decided to chew the wires or something and went bang. The only problem was it knocked out all the power to the site so we couldn’t do anything for a whole day.
    Oh well one less grey squirrel…(red ones rock!)

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    Every squirrel is doing their job!!!

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