Behold: The CERN Animal Shelter for Computer Mice. This is a real thing. A thing that actually exists. A thing that has an enduring physical presence at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, home to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator and, apparently, quite an assortment of geriatric computer mice.
Just imagine the steps it took to bring this thing into being. Someone recognised the much-worn, dad-joke-style double entendre of “mouse” as a small mammal and a common computing device and didn’t just make a lame quip to a colleague, didn’t even stop at making some kind of photoshopped visual pun; they actually took a rabbit hutch and filled it with computer mice posed as real mice and placed it outside a building at the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.
It’s still there. It’s been there for five years.
I came across the CERN Animal Shelter for Computer Mice when casually googling “cute animals CERN” on a tea break and knew, as soon as I saw it, that I was about to summit the peak of my blogging career. It was my duty—my journalistic obligation—to investigate these images, find out their story, and answer the question that immediately sprung to mind: wtf?
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