How it works
Computer to tunnels
Inside every computer are some number of squirrels, the exact quantity depending on the computer's processor. When the user requests a web page, the squirrel writes it down on a tiny piece of paper, folds it up really really small and posts it out through either a USB port and into a modem, or (if you are still
living in a cave, and your computer is made of rock using dial up) straight into your phone line. It then blows really hard on the end, forcing the paper along the tube. It then travels down into the ground, where it is picked up by another squirrel (duh).
More recently, the squirrels have gotten increasingly smaller, so that the process is faster - and the SquirrelNet Protocol gets even better!
Tunnels to Area 51
This is the easy bit. The squirrel runs as fast as its tiny legs can carry it through a network of identical tunnels. These are dug by other squirrels using their tails, which are razor-sharp and can cut a cow clean in half. This is where they go in the winter. And you thought they were just hibernating, didn't you? Well, you were wrong. Guided by a tiny GPS unit built into a nut that it carries with it (and all nuts for that matter) it eventually reaches the centre of SquirrelNet, Area 51.
Area 51 to computer
Now at Area 51, the squirrel hands over the paper to yet another squirrel, who does a quick drawing of what he thinks it looks like using a spork. It is then taken all the way back to your computer via the same route, and then the squirrel inside takes a picture of it, and shows it on your computer.
Of course, the squirrel needs to hack into your computer in order to do that, but most likely he is calling the
Graphics.drawImage() function in your browser.
SquirrelNet has been around for thousands of years, ever since Optimus Prime gave the first squirrel a spork.
Over the years, SquirrelNet has dramatically increased in speed. This is due to many squirrels being born and very few dying, due to their immortality. It now reaches incredible speeds of over 3Mbps (megabits of paper per second).
Carried by flying squirrels, WiFi is now available in many homes across the nation. Turned invisible by Jesus himself so that God couldn't see him downloading porn onto his laptop, these squirrels use jetpacks hidden under flaps of skin to fly from a router where it hides itself into your computer. These jetpacks are not the most reliable things in the world, and sometimes explode. Ah well, there's more where he came from.
About Area 51
Area 51 was acquired by SquirrelNet in 2000 after it was signed over to them by George W. Bush. He did this for the good of the people and so he could have a massive TV screen streaming porn into his house 24/7. The old SquirrelNet base in Cuba was becoming too small for the entire population of squirrels, and Area 51 was the perfect place for their new home, being both larger and better equipped.