Now that's an odd failure mode...

Larry Sheldon larrysheldon at
Fri Jan 30 22:31:55 UTC 2015

On 1/30/2015 16:23, Larry Sheldon wrote:
> On 1/30/2015 16:13, Larry Sheldon wrote:
>> On 1/30/2015 07:36, Valdis Kletnieks wrote:
>>> Lauren Weinstein shared a pointer to this video of one of the stranger
>>> failure modes I've ever seen.....
>> It is actually an execrable add for something--runs forever, finally
>> followed by a very old video of repairs to a microwave site occasioned by
>> a woodpecker (or woodpeckers--not squirrels, in any case) using the
>> enclosure to store acorns.
>> I might have still had a valid radio license when I first saw that.
> Here is the clip (still maligning squirrels) without the ad:

The questions that have always intrigued me about the clip:

Who made the hole and how long did it take (assumption is "woodpeckers 
made it" but I have no idea how long it took to make the hole).)

HOW did they make it--seems like it would have been like making a hole 
in a bass drum with a finger (lot of bounce, not much cut)?

How long did it take to put that many in, and how many worked on the 

Why didn't some alarm or path measurement disclose the deterioration 
before the cavity was packed so full?

Were the acorns cooked?
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