We're sure there's a rational explanation for why the BBC website went down. But what in god's name is that picture they used?
A staring clown, with a menacing smile, who appears to have left a trail of fiery destruction in his wake.
Forget ISIS hackers, or disgruntled Jeremy Clarkson fans, the BBC's scaring us with their own error message. The website is now up and running again.
Upon closer inspection it appears to be the same clown used on the television whenever the BBC went off air. Except then it was used in a perfectly innocent setting, with a small girl playing noughts and crosses. Not against a backdrop of burning doom.
The error message said:
This might be because:
We are experiencing abnormal traffic to our network or
the service or servers it is on is not currently available.
Please try the following options instead:
Try again later once we have solved the problem.
Use our site index
The website apparently experienced technical difficulties which may or may not be evil clown-related.
Apologies, as we are experiencing technical problems on the BBC News website. We are working hard to resolve the issues.— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) March 14, 2015
But Twitter is awash with rumours, as always.
Please tell me that pro-Clarkson hackers have not taken down the BBC website— Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) March 14, 2015
The BBC website is down? Only one way to find out what's happening: check the BB... Oh wait.— Jamie Bartlett (@JamieJBartlett) March 14, 2015
The BBC News website is down - makes me realise I don't read news anywhere else nowadays. Don't even know where to look.— George Bevis (@GeorgeBevis) March 14, 2015
Anonymous hackers threatened to hack bbc's website if clarkson didn't get his job back, 2 days later the bbc website gets shut down 😂— Kieran smith (@kie_smith93) March 14, 2015