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(The New York Times)   The top threat to our nation's power grid is: A) undercapacity, B) Chinese hackers, C) squirrels   (nytimes.com) divider line 58
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2013-09-02 12:37:00 AM
D) Underemployed Chinese Squirrels
 
2013-09-02 02:41:20 AM
Mwahahahaha!!!!
 
2013-09-02 03:39:17 AM
Forget roadkill; electrocution tenderizes that meat every time
 
2013-09-02 03:51:08 AM
As a transmission system operator you should always have a few dead squirrels handy. They're the perfect scapegoat.
 
2013-09-02 04:36:33 AM
graphics8.nytimes.com

This looks like a poster for a bad 50s B-movie.

ATTACK OF THE KILLER RADIOACTIVE SQUIRRELS!
 
2013-09-02 04:37:23 AM
Three pages of that shiat? I think we get it. Squirrels sometimes cause power outages.

Thank you, Ric Romero.
 
2013-09-02 04:43:06 AM
It really sucks when you have to shut down the high tension lines to remove a carbonized Big Bird.
 
2013-09-02 04:49:22 AM

NuttySquirrel: Mwahahahaha!!!!


You furry bastards!

When I was in high school a squirrel chewing on the electrical cables caused a fire in a local hog barn and the pigs all died from the heat and the smoke. That would have been a big insurance bill.
 
2013-09-02 04:57:28 AM
Yesterday afternoon, the wind picked up slightly, there a bit of distant thunder.. and my neighborhood lost power.  For about two hours.

This is not a robust system.
 
2013-09-02 05:00:39 AM
squirrels with skittles
 
2013-09-02 05:01:01 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wCSeC1fleY (nsfw language) (trigger warning: dead squirrel)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuJay4lE8eY (nsfw language) (trigger warning: dead squirrel) 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUA7tWIzRPw(trigger warning: dead squirrel)

It's very sad seeing their tails flapping in the breeze.
 
2013-09-02 05:09:45 AM
fta: "I just didn't think a squirrel could make the lights go out. They're just tiny little things."

i293.photobucket.com

Small yes but ballsy.
 
2013-09-02 05:12:40 AM
blogs.browardpalmbeach.com
 
2013-09-02 05:21:13 AM
Crispy fried squirrel happens about once a year at my house.  It sounds like a shotgun when the breaker throws.
 
2013-09-02 05:24:54 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-02 05:30:40 AM
In about 1992 I worked in downtown Lawrence KS, and one day the power went out.  After about an hour it appeared that keeping us around in case the power came back on was going to cost more than we were worth, they said "Go home".  On my way home I saw an electric company bucket truck cleaning furry bits out of a big transformer cluster... which, the next day, was cited as the cause of the electrical outage for most of downtown Lawrence.  It was squirrels.  Big-balled squirrels.  Quantrill's Squirells?
 
2013-09-02 05:32:42 AM
Latvian Orthodoxers wanted for questioning.
 
2013-09-02 05:34:27 AM

Dufus: Forget roadkill; electrocution tenderizes that meat every time


If by tenderize you mean fried to a charred, blackened crisp then yes.
 
2013-09-02 05:38:15 AM
Anyone ever heard a squirrel yell before?  That's some terrifying shiat right there.  Walked out on my deck once and surprised a squirrel and the little farker raised it's tail and let out what kinda sounded like a lion's roar if it came from an eight ounce animal.  I was certain I was in for rabies, but it ran away luckily.
 
2013-09-02 05:44:40 AM

techmom: NuttySquirrel: Mwahahahaha!!!!

You furry bastards!

When I was in high school a squirrel chewing on the electrical cables caused a fire in a local hog barn and the pigs all died from the heat and the smoke. That would have been a big insurance bill.


A little dry rub, and you've got yourself some mighty fine eats.
 
2013-09-02 05:46:31 AM

Mister Buttons: Anyone ever heard a squirrel yell before?  That's some terrifying shiat right there.  Walked out on my deck once and surprised a squirrel and the little farker raised it's tail and let out what kinda sounded like a lion's roar if it came from an eight ounce animal.  I was certain I was in for rabies, but it ran away luckily.




Did the big bad squirrel bark at you? It sounds like you wet yourself. That's called barking what he did. It's very common. Hunters listen for it while trying to locate them.
 
2013-09-02 05:47:37 AM
skwrl?
 
2013-09-02 05:49:44 AM

phrawgh: squirrels with skittles


they are ebil and will steal all your candy
 
2013-09-02 05:49:59 AM
D) Negligence of infrastructure.
 
2013-09-02 05:50:39 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Did the big bad squirrel bark at you? It sounds like you wet yourself. That's called barking what he did. It's very common. Hunters listen for it while trying to locate them.


Nothing scares the manly squirrel hunters.
 
2013-09-02 05:50:44 AM
wowk finally some farking silence
 
2013-09-02 05:58:06 AM

J. Frank Parnell: Mid_mo_mad_man: Did the big bad squirrel bark at you? It sounds like you wet yourself. That's called barking what he did. It's very common. Hunters listen for it while trying to locate them.

Nothing scares the manly squirrel hunters.




Are you knocking my source of free range, locally sourced meat? They some mighty fine eatin. If you all think a squirrell sounds odd listen to a rabbits death scream. Or a bears death moan.
 
2013-09-02 06:05:14 AM
I believe it. A month ago, one of the little bastards chewed through a connector for 110v to my house. He'd partially chewed through another one as well.

AC kicked on for a brief moment, I hear a *pop*, and see a little flaming ball fall from the power pole into my backyard in addition to a shower of sparks. Found a crispy squirrel below the pole in my backyard.

Guy from the power company told me "If you want to help us, get an air rifle and shoot the little bastards when you see them up there. Mark how many you've taken out on the pole. Trust me, we'll appreciate it."
 
2013-09-02 06:15:51 AM
I'm always amazed at the demonstration that electricity is faster than sound.  More than once, the lights have gone out at my house, and a few seconds later, I hear the "boom" of a squirrel shorting a transformer several blocks away.
 
2013-09-02 06:19:16 AM
static.tvtropes.org
 
2013-09-02 06:21:31 AM
I am convinced that all squirrels are suicidal and will take any available opportunity to destroy themselves.
 
2013-09-02 06:37:46 AM

Alphax: Yesterday afternoon, the wind picked up slightly, there a bit of distant thunder.. and my neighborhood lost power.  For about two hours.

This is not a robust system.


Thats bc they refuse to relocate the lines to all underground lines.


Never understood it..they will replace 10,000 phone poles every hurricane but will NOT go to underground cables.

Higher expense up front, but less maintenance...and practically zero repairs after a storm..so i dunno how the justify it.
 
2013-09-02 06:41:08 AM

libranoelrose: wowk finally some farking silence


I only looked at the first page and it just seemed to be anecdote after anecdote.  Was there a summary?

And any comparison to uptime in various parts of the country?

I can remember only 1 power outage in at least 10 years that was more than a split second blink.  Of course most of the power around here is underground.  I would think snow and ice accumulation during winter would cause more outages than squirrels anyhow.
 
2013-09-02 06:44:05 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: J. Frank Parnell: Mid_mo_mad_man: Did the big bad squirrel bark at you? It sounds like you wet yourself. That's called barking what he did. It's very common. Hunters listen for it while trying to locate them.

Nothing scares the manly squirrel hunters.



Are you knocking my source of free range, locally sourced meat? They some mighty fine eatin. If you all think a squirrell sounds odd listen to a rabbits death scream. Or a bears death moan.


Never heard a rabbits death scream. Perhaps you should be a better shot...

/ok...heard it before..but never one i shot.
 
2013-09-02 06:45:03 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Are you knocking my source of free range, locally sourced meat? They some mighty fine eatin. If you all think a squirrell sounds odd listen to a rabbits death scream. Or a bears death moan.


Or a porcupine orgy. One of those woke me up the other morning: sounded like someone was trying to strangle the bastard child of a trumpet and a rusty door hinge.
 
2013-09-02 06:48:46 AM

The more you eat the more you fart: Mid_mo_mad_man: J. Frank Parnell: Mid_mo_mad_man: Did the big bad squirrel bark at you? It sounds like you wet yourself. That's called barking what he did. It's very common. Hunters listen for it while trying to locate them.

Nothing scares the manly squirrel hunters.

Are you knocking my source of free range, locally sourced meat? They some mighty fine eatin. If you all think a squirrell sounds odd listen to a rabbits death scream. Or a bears death moan.

Never heard a rabbits death scream. Perhaps you should be a better shot...

/ok...heard it before..but never one i shot.




I've never had one I shot scream but I've heard dying rabbits scream. Bears when shot will sometimes but not always have a death moan. Not every bear moans but all moaners are dead bears
 
2013-09-02 06:49:15 AM

gfid: I would think snow and ice accumulation during winter would cause more outages than squirrels anyhow.


Snow isn't usually a problem unless it brings down trees. Ice, though... The ice storm in Quebec/Ontario in 1998 coated the big transmission towers and brought them down en masse, power was out for weeks.
 
2013-09-02 06:50:21 AM

gfid: libranoelrose: wowk finally some farking silence

I only looked at the first page and it just seemed to be anecdote after anecdote.  Was there a summary?

And any comparison to uptime in various parts of the country?

I can remember only 1 power outage in at least 10 years that was more than a split second blink.  Of course most of the power around here is underground.  I would think snow and ice accumulation during winter would cause more outages than squirrels anyhow.


The outages used to be about 20 minutes for the transformer outside my house, but they upgraded the equipment a while back.  Now the thing can be reset remotely (assuming no squirrel parts are left), so it now runs about 5 minutes.

Now, there was a substation in the town next to me that got totally taken down one.  That took almost 48 hours to replace all the blown bits.
 
2013-09-02 07:24:53 AM
Seems like the simple solution would be to increase the spacing between conductors to "squirrel length + 1"...or am I missing something here?
 
2013-09-02 07:39:14 AM
data.whicdn.com

A squirrel walks up to a tree and says "I forgot to store acorns for winter and now I am dead." Ha! It is funny because the squirrel gets dead.
 
2013-09-02 07:42:01 AM
I don't know about power lines, but fiber optic underground costs 4 times what overhead costs.
 
2013-09-02 08:18:36 AM
Remember kids, it's not news until the news media "discovers" it. Critters have been the biggest problem for decades.
 
2013-09-02 08:20:09 AM
Squirrels with friggn' laser light sabres.

mediatory.ru
 
2013-09-02 08:56:41 AM
I can't remember when I last experienced a power outage... I guess it pays to bury the power lines.

They used to occur sorta bi-anually 20-25 years ago, but not any more,
 
2013-09-02 09:12:16 AM
Back in '88 or '89, we had several outages due to squirrels.  One day when power went out, we were outside doing yard work and saw the pop and the squirrel drop.  A female officer showed up to investigate.  I guess someone filed a complaint, not believing the squirrel stories.  While talking to the officer she asked for a bag.  We asked why because it was obviously the squirrel.  She said her boss wanted proof, so she bagged the squirrel and put it on his desk.  If he is still alive, this article is for him and whoever filed a complaint.
 
2013-09-02 09:49:41 AM

Smoking GNU: [graphics8.nytimes.com image 190x206]

This looks like a poster for a bad 50s B-movie.

ATTACK OF THE KILLER RADIOACTIVE SQUIRRELS!


I would have loved to see that on Mystery Science Theater 3000!

/"I am here to kick ass and chew acorns... and I'm all out of acorns!"
 
2013-09-02 10:00:39 AM

turbocucumber: As a transmission system operator you should always have a few dead squirrels handy. They're the perfect scapegoat.


I always assumed when the said "squirrel did it" they have no idea what happened and just want to move on.  Considering the number of squirrels running around we would never have power for more than five minutes at a time if they had such power.
 
2013-09-02 10:24:20 AM
Came for the Fark squirrel, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-09-02 10:36:16 AM
i362.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-02 10:45:30 AM

techmom: NuttySquirrel: Mwahahahaha!!!!

You furry bastards!

When I was in high school a squirrel chewing on the electrical cables caused a fire in a local hog barn and the pigs all died from the heat and the smoke. That would have been a big insurance bill.



Imagine all that bacon!
 
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