Weasels may soar

March 2011

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

It's not easy being a weasel. The above quote, which I have seen variously attributed to Steven Wright, John Benfield and that well-known author, Anonymous, says it all.

Weasels are unfairly characterised as small, sneaky little creatures with an over-developed survival instinct who will run up your trouser leg as soon as look at you. Just why they would want to do this is never explained. Check out Scott Adams' Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel to see how badly these little creatures are slandered.

Anyway, the proximate cause of this rant is that they were giving out balloons at work today. This gave us a chance to redress the weasel imbalance using the balloons and the small toy weasel I keep on my desk. He doesn't like being called a toy but that's another story.

By the use of three balloons, we could make him fly.

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The intrepid aeronaut on his maiden flight.

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When we took him into the stairwell, he soared.

After a while, he drifted back down as the helium leaked out of the balloons but he didn't get sucked into any jet engines.

The weasel has landed!


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