Wednesday, March 18, 2009
FELIX THE CAT
Felix the Cat has been widely adopted by bomb squads all over the world as their symbol because of his nine lives - a characteristic most bomb squad technicians covet, while at the same time hope they never need.
Over the years the cry "Send for Felix" has been heard whenever a suspect device has been spotted. But why Felix? The usual radio callsign for the Ordnance Corps was "Rickshaw", but this was deemed inappropriate for the bomb disposal teams and the name Felix, after the Hollywood cartoon character, was adopted - not only because cats have nine lives but also because of his ability on the silver screen to survive all sorts of mayhem !