Twitter Queen J.K. Rowling must have been taking a break from writing the next straight to film book series when she came across this interesting fact about the Hadron Collider, which was brought to its knees by the body of a small weasel. It inspired her to share a little story of when he own plans were derailed by an animal crossing paths with a human creation.
In April 2016, the Large Hadron Collider was shut down after a weasel fell into it.— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) March 22, 2018
No one believe an aardvark, that has barely any teeth, chewed through a wire/ Ah, well! Her fans believe her, probably because a lot of them have their own unlikely animal stories to share also:
In Brisbane, Australia, air conditioners and similar devices routinely shorted out by invading geckos in search of cosy, secure nests.— Terry Sweetman (@Terrytoo69) March 22, 2018
Why do so many animals think wires are tasty?
My train was once delayed because of a badger in the junction box at Purley— Geoffrey (@Gil21christ) March 22, 2018
I had to call an electrician on a Saturday night after 9 because a squirrel chewed through a power line that powered our walk in freezer where I was working. It was a nightmare.— Stephanie (@princessofhe) March 22, 2018
Tasty, tasty wires!
But domestic animals who eat kibble are a problem around the house, too.
I love that this as an excuse from a teacher:
One of my classmates got a free A on his homework assignment because the teacher's dog pulled it out of her bag and ate it before she could grade it.— Name Goes Here (@NightmareWaffle) March 22, 2018
But it really happens!
Don't forget the real culprits—rodents absolutely gorging themselves on a wire buffet.
At my school we lost WiFi for a couple months because someone trapped and relocated the feral cats — thus the mice enjoyed a feast on wires for the WiFi. Try explaining that to parents at the school. Smh— monilynn (@teachermon00) March 23, 2018
In my time at Reading University a hall porter (called Martin) couldn't believe that I used to have problems starting my car in Germany after a marten had chewed through a cable.— Sprachverwirrung (@13sisu) March 23, 2018
They don't exist on the British Isles and he thought I was pulling his leg with the similar name.
We’ve had month of trouble with rodents in the roof. They even took 130 packets of mayonnaise and the actual mouse trap into the loft. We think they died of a mayonnaise induced coronary— The Baaarmy Sheep (@BaaarmyThe) March 23, 2018
We live in Daylesford Australia and have just lost our phone and internet service because a cockatoo chewed through the wire. I sympathize with you!— Sarah Morton (@sarahmortonadam) March 23, 2018
The Venezuelan government has said several times that the power outages are caused by Iguanas, monkeys and birds chewing on power lines.— Francesc Arteaga (@Arteaga137) March 23, 2018
I don’t know how in the world I didn’t thought of using that excuse for skipping work hahahahaha.
After reading some of these, though, wire chewing is preferable to other animal interferences:
My parents once got a letter apologising for a lengthy power cut after a bull 'got amorous' with the electricity pole. I wanted to frame it (the letter not the bull).— Becster (@wootcanaw) March 23, 2018
A woodpecker delayed one of the space shuttle launches by pecking at the heat-resisting tiles.— Jenny McPheat (@mcpheat_jenny) March 23, 2018
I was once late for a meeting with my class in South Africa because a group of 4 monkeys essentially trapped me in my room. But I’m always late, so no one ever believes me about that either they say it’s the “best excuse” I’ve ever come up with 😞 #ithappened! Animals are sneaky!— Kahlixo Originals (@SummerRayxxx) March 23, 2018
Who knows what these stories will inspire Rowling to write next.
Fantastic beasts and where they turn off the power— Animais Fantásticos Brasil (@AFEOHBr) March 22, 2018
Not that she needs the inspo.