As most Patriots know, at the head of today's bushytail horde, the Squirrel Enforcement Army, is the infamous Tufty the Traffic Safety Squirrel.
before tufty, there was...
Tufty burst upon the scene in the 1960's with his Tufty Club and it's manifesto of terror. But who preceded Tufty?
To answer that question we bring you our series...
In the spring 1942, four skwerls were born in upstate New York: Chatterbox, Chubby-Chunk, Timothy, and Squee.
The first three were considered skwerlien masterminds by many, but brother Squee wasn't the brightest star in the sky.
After the United States entered World War II, the brothers profited by selling a nut-based food product to the American government. Later, it was learned that the substance was actually a polymer of plastic, possibly derived from tree sap, but with no nutritional value.
Subsequently, the Department of Justice filed fraud and endangerment charges against the gang, but it was too late. The nutzys disappeared into the forest...
SCENES FROM THREE SMART SQUIRRELS AND SQUEE
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Much has been made of brother squee's cognitive impairment. It is known that he was in charge of the gang's finances. This alone makes one wonder if squee wasn't the real mastermind behind his brothers' efforts to defraud the government.
In any event, the gang now known as skwerl squee and the three smart squirrels is rumored to have recovered all the nuts they harvested soon after the Justice Department filed charges. They also sold their nut "recipe" to an Italian pastry maker named Pietro Ferrero at an outrageous profit.
Later, in 1949, Ferrero made a "Supercrema Gianduja" which was spreadable as well as inexpensive. This product became so popular that Italian food stores started a service called "The Smearing". children could go to their local food store with a slice of bread for a "smear". In 1964 Supercrema Gianduja was renamed "Nutella" (its origin being the word "nut").
As for Squee and his gang, their current whereabouts is unknown...
BEFORE TUFTY THERE WAS...
FRISKY THE SQUIRREL
THE FUZZY WUZZY SQUIRREL
HAPPY JACK SQUIRREL
THE HELPFUL FRIENDS
RUSTY THE SQUIRREL
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