Last night, at about five to ten (GMT), Farcebook, the popular Social Networking site, crashed. The crash last ten minutes, until just before five past ten (GMT).
Unfortunately, ten million people suffered crop failures, eight million failed to update their pithy remarks and there were three suicides when the people realised that they couldn't get an updated comment on their latest photo, although Farcebook deny that this was anything to do with them.
Mark Suckiceberg, creator of Farcebook apologised for the downtime.
"We're very sorry," he said. "It was caused when lightning hit the main power generator in the server farm, shorting out all the servers. However, our engineers got the back-up generator running, and we were only out of action for ten minutes. I think that's pretty good."
Tens of millions of people noticed the downtime, due to the amazing popularity of the site. Every single one of them has joined a Farcebook group entitled "How Life Stops When Farcebook Goes Down", sharing their momentary return to real life and the chance of having conversations with people they actually knew. From the vast majority of the comments in this group it would appear that instead of conversing with loved ones spent ten minutes pressing the refresh button on their browsers.