In the mid-part of the last century, Tufty the Traffic Safety Squirrel consolidated his command of the Squirrel Enforcement Army (SEA), published his Manifesto, and set in motion a nefarious plan to destroy civilization (see links below for more info).
Early on, Tufty planned to create an army of robotic skwerls fashioned in his own image and programmed to spread the false promises of squirrel world domination.
Using a shadowy organization known as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Tufty commissioned various manufacturers to produce what we call Tuftybots.
The bots were distributed as innocent-looking childrens toys throughout the British Commonwealth. They were immediately popular with parents and members of the Tufty Club who thought the toys promoted safety at home and on the streets.
The early bots weren't robots at all. They were simply toys that looked like Tufty.
So, the bots easily charmed those already inclined to the skwerl-side. However, they were unable to spread Tufty's malefic propaganda to the masses.
The problem? Tufty's scientists readily developed the robotics for the bots, but computer programmers were unable to design a "brain" small enough to fit into the toys using the technology of the day.
Worse, the larger versions had incurable progamming bugs that incited the jumbo-sized bots to crush, kill, and/or destroy any nonskwerlien entity in its path (click pic for scientist's comment).
Tufty found considerable merit in the concept of a killer skwerlbot, but his advisers convinced him that it was "too much, too soon." A short time later, the project was abandoned but not before thousands of the Tuftybots were sold to consumers.
Today, 100's if not 1000's of Tuftybots remain in existence. Worse, there appears to be a growing market for the bots via internet auction sites. Thus, the infestation is no longer confined to the United Kingdom and a few Commonwealth countries. Tuftybots can be found around the globe...
KNOWN TUFTYBOTS: ARE YOU HARBOURING ONE?
Click each for hideous chitter. Click here for large versions: bot1, bot2, bot3
ATTENTION SKWERLHUGGERS: Are you appalled by Tufty's nefarious plan? Are you prepared to reject skwerlhuggery and the false promises of squirrel world domination but can't quite break away from your addiction? May we suggest joining Skwerlhuggers Anonymous - the easy 3-step program that will free you from the shackles of skwerlien oppression...
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SQUIRREL WORLD DOMINATION EXPOSED
THE TUFTY MANIFESTO
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