On December 18, Rodger Sherman, a sports writer for The Ringer, tweeted out a question which revealed a little-discussed aspect of college life: every college campus's tendency to paint its own squirrels as remarkable or special in some way.
1. did you attend a college with squirrels on campus 2. did people assert that your school’s squirrels were, in som… https://t.co/LnE3KZcrRC— Rodger Sherman (@Rodger Sherman) 1545157592.0
Immediately, thousands of people flocked to the thread's comments section, telling stories of their college's squirrels.
@rodger We had a prof at CCSU who dyed white spots on them so she could keep track of their behavior. They all got… https://t.co/LlxfVXlKdo— Eric (@Eric) 1545185493.0
@rodger The squirrels at ball state were so amazing I did an entire research project on where they liked to hangout… https://t.co/BYPRo0tdbt— Jordann Dean (@Jordann Dean) 1545180275.0
It seems every squirrel is special in the eyes of its home university.
@rodger Not only do we have @SneezySquirrel ... We have a bunch of his friends! https://t.co/i8kRkwvn1P— Penn State (@Penn State) 1545195216.0
@rodger There was a man who walked around Columbia campus wearing a squirrel on each shoulder. Don’t know if it mak… https://t.co/NfhLTj5aq4— Gabrielle (@Gabrielle) 1545174885.0
Many University Twitter accounts replied to the thread, making the case for why their squirrels were superior.
@rodger The Keele squirrel is one of a kind #LoveKeele https://t.co/4TWIJnxj98— Keele University (@Keele University) 1545211669.0
@rodger Our squirrels' reaction to this thread: unbothered. https://t.co/GhoAnem8al— Wheaton College (MA) (@Wheaton College (MA)) 1545231426.0
@rodger No contest: the most adorable squirrels live at Radford University. https://t.co/jkOmhDMrGG— Radford University (@Radford University) 1545248328.0
A few schools touted scientific statistics, saying the presence of black squirrels was truly unique!
@rodger My college did not have special squirrels. Hiram College, near where I grew up, had the infamous Squirrels… https://t.co/jxNfC5v4N2— Ohio Yeti (@Ohio Yeti) 1545249027.0
Others simply couldn't stop themselves from replying, though they knew they were playing right into Sherman's hand.
@rodger *Sees a world-famous Indiana University squirrel* Brain: Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say… https://t.co/oWBV25ymDG— Indiana University Bloomington (@Indiana University Bloomington) 1545230584.0
@rodger But we've got the biggest squirrels of them all! #TCNJ https://t.co/60KxrSwX4i— TCNJ (@TCNJ) 1545330522.0
The University of Rochester sadly has no squirrels...only "groundbois."
@rodger Squirrels are fine and everything, but we've got groundbois. https://t.co/hKjHoGOYsf— Univ. of Rochester (@Univ. of Rochester) 1545250711.0
While some squirrels are adorable, it seems others can act downright dastardly.
@rodger @DrKillgrove I once witnessed a @Harvard squirrel climb up a friend’s leg to steal a bun from her pocket. D… https://t.co/RkRRwqErP2— Judy Melinek M.D. (@Judy Melinek M.D.) 1545226431.0
@drjudymelinek @rodger @Harvard The @UNC squirrels (at least the ones near my old building) were notorious for drop… https://t.co/eMyOCAtFOi— Kristina Killgrove (@Kristina Killgrove) 1545234816.0
Many Twitter users wrote posts defending college squirrel's honor!
@rodger obviously the squirrels on college campuses are different. They are pursuing higher education, so of course… https://t.co/LnIbF3fFiZ— IG: 2he_N.iceguy ✌❄II🐒🍌 (@IG: 2he_N.iceguy ✌❄II🐒🍌) 1545234732.0
@rodger Then from out of the shadows, Stumpy emerges. Aloof and unknowable, this intriguing stranger with a mysteri… https://t.co/Oun3N1mnPa— St. Olaf College (@St. Olaf College) 1545242756.0
@rodger We always appreciate our rather large fox squirrels around campus! https://t.co/4WWDxhRLbH— Florida State University (@Florida State University) 1545319067.0
Looking at some of the pictures posted by college students, no one can argue these squirrels aren't...a bit unusual.
@rodger Squirrels in pullman are a different breed https://t.co/6JkhroF514— aquariusbaby (@aquariusbaby) 1545289959.0
@rodger The @BatesCollege squirrels are definitely remarkable. Not only do they order their own pizza, they’re the… https://t.co/BdGQVaSTxM— Keith Baker (@Keith Baker) 1545245474.0
@rodger @Hillsdale students believe that the squirrels are spies for the administration.— Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul (@Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul) 1545237889.0
@rodger But @LoyolaChicago squirrels are the best of all the squirrels, I will argue this forever https://t.co/EZDZ7uOvhp— Sarah Carrillo (@Sarah Carrillo) 1545231574.0
It seems squirrels are cool no matter where they are! As Sherman sarcastically wrote after his thread went viral:
"Congrats to every college on having the only special squirrels in America, they are definitely not regular-a** squirrels"
Congrats to every college on having the only special squirrels in America, they are definitely not regular-ass squirrels— Rodger Sherman (@Rodger Sherman) 1545162741.0