We’ve all been there.

You’re at home, watching your fifth hour of Netflix or perhaps scrolling through photos of your ex’s last vacation on Facebook, when BAM. The internet cuts out, leaving you and your home full of books left utterly terrified about how you’re possibly going to fill your newfound free time.

Well, what do you do? Sit helplessly in the dark? Play Snood like a goddamn early-2000s middle schooler?

Well, as it turns out, the solution is simpler than you think.

Most of the time, when your internet goes down, it simply means that a squirrel has wandered away from his or her tree hole and into the 6-12 centimeter diameter tube that leads directly into your house or apartment, providing you with high speed internet.


This is a squirrel.

“When a squirrel is trapped in there, the internet juice flowing through your internet tubes gets stuck on the squirrel’s fur,” explained a tech representative from Time Warner Cable Spectrum.

So is this!

So the next time your internet goes down, just remember that there is a small but adorable rodent who has dumbly gotten him or herself wedged inside a plastic tube. Hopefully that silly mental image will mitigate your rage at having to wait a day to watch “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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