by Ian Froeb
Every now and then, something so remarkable finds its way into the ol' mailbox here at Gut Check International Headquarters that I can hardly wait to share it with you, my dear readers.
Such is the case with this, a Russian public service announcement demonstrating the dangers of alcohol to a country known for throwing back its share of vodka. The catch? The star is an animated drunken squirrel. See the video after the jump.
As this Telegraph article explains, the use of a squirrel is not random:
In Russian slang, delirium tremens, the moment of inebriation when people start to get the shakes and to hallucinate, is known as "belochka" or "a little squirrel." The squirrel in the video, who is red-eyed and bedraggled, is therefore shown ranting, singing, and delivering a nonsensical monologue.Frankly, it's just as terrifying without the translation.
He talks about "chasing spiders up the walls" and finishes up by offering to kill his neighbour's wife because she is "the devil."