Category Archives: Squirrel cannibalism

The vacation of all vacations

Electric Spiel has gotten a lot more traffic than usual over the past few days, mainly because of an inexplicable surge in interest about Paul McCartney and squirrel cannibalism and the use of search engines to explore those interests. I feel bad because I have not really been blogging much lately. I would say I have been busy, but not in the conventional sense of the word.

I have been busy with vacation.

Watching television, napping, reading (The Poisonwood Bible is excellent, I can tell you already. I’m on page 278 of 543, so I have a little while to go before I finish and review it, but if you’re looking for a book to read, I can already confidently give it a high recommendation), cuddling with my two cats (Sassy and Pepper) and dog (Gracie) that live at my parents’ house, enjoying my newly clean room at home, and of course spending time with family and eating plenty of good food!

This break is welcome and I’m soaking it up for all its worth. Thursday-Monday I’ll be traveling to various cities from Tennessee to South Carolina and here in good-old Georgia visiting friends and working on the job hunt for next year.

Squirrel cannibalism and other unexpected behavior

It was a beautiful Sunday morning at my parents’ house. The crisp October air made it a time for afghans, hot coffee, and a good book (A Walk in the Woods, which is fantastic). Dad had gone off with his friend Dave early in the morning to check out hunting land, and I was going to wait about an hour to wake Mom up to go piddling around town. I was looking forward to enjoying some quiet time at home looking out at the beautiful woods surrounding our house while I read my book and sip my coffee. Sounds great, right? Well, it was until I opened my blinds.

What did I see, you ask? Well, my favorites around-the-house squirrel, No Tail (a lady squirrel with, you guessed it, no tail) was eating . . .

A BABY SQUIRREL!!!

WTF, you may ask? Well, as it turns out sometimes squirrels eat each other. How disturbing! (Here’s another blog post about it.)

Even though it is recognized behavior, I still find it incredibly disturbing.

Similar to my recognition of disturbing squirrel behavior, this week a seventh grader has been behaving really strangely towards me. She’s been giving me the silent treatment for days and I’m not sure why. I didn’t do anything to make her mad at me, she’s just behaving strangely.

Much like cannibal squirrels, this behavior is recorded among seventh grade girls, but I still find it incredibly odd.