Yesterday Cisco held an all-company meeting at Amphitheatre down the street from Google. Shoreline, the road many Googlers take to work, was completely backed up.
My 6-minute commute turned into 40 minutes. At one point, I realized that the the driver of the car stuck next to me was Kan, the Google Desktop PM. We rolled down our windows and had a nice chat.
I got into work, and found an amusing email thread "Shoreline? WTF?!".
The next email thread is a warning by a Googler that they spotted a snake near their building.
Within 10 minutes, the servers grind to a halt. My email is down. There's some kind of network outage.
My coworkers and I lamented. It takes an hour to drive to work, the network is down, and there are SNAKES on campus! And it's not even noon!