Why Cambodian Power Companies Need More Cats

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While the list of suspects behind this week's power outage in Cambodia could have included anyone from savvy South Asian hackers to Mrs. O'Leary's cow's distant relatives, the wild accusations stopped flying when a tiny rodent was fingered for the crime. Reuters reports that power company officials believe an incredibly small (and no doubt crafty) mouse was responsible for the recent power outage that left 40% of Phnom Penh without electricity. The creature, who apparently measures in at about "the size of a human toe"Â  managed to short circuit a 40-megawatt power plant south of the city. And while there was no word about whether the suspect was in custody, a better mousetrap might not be the only solution these Cambodians are looking for. Apparently, the city's1.3 million residents face regular blackouts which officials attribute to "technical problems."

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June 14, 2006 - 7:52am
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