Coming soon to an internet near you: Switzerland’s creepy ‘naked cat’

One of the great feats of human invention, the internet has become a great place to share fake news…and images of weird-looking cats.

Coming soon to an internet near you: Switzerland’s creepy 'naked cat'
Love at first sight? File photo of a Sphynx cat: Depositphotos

Among the latest feline stars is heavily-wrinkled Xherdan from Rüti in the canton of Zurich.

The five-year-old Sphynx cat is named after Swiss footballer Shaqiri who plays for UK premiere league club Stoke City. But it is his looks – reminiscent of US star cat Tardar Sauce, better known as Grumpy Cat – that have won him online attention.

“When people see pictures of him online, they usually find him ugly. But when they meet him and find out how sweet he is, they usually change their mind,” Xherdan’s owner Sandra Filippi told Swiss tabloid Blick.

Filippi also explained that Xherdan, who is a big fan of avocadoes, is not actually naked but has very fine hair.

“His hair feels like a peach: warm and soft,” she said.

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“I love my other cats as well, but Xherdan was special from the start,” said the owner of three cats.

Sphynx cats are the products of selective breeding and have distinctive features including large ears and a muscular body. They have no coats but their skin is the colour of the hair they would usually have.




Is there a 5G antenna near you in Switzerland? A new map has the answer

More than 2,200 5G antennas are now deployed in Switzerland, a significant increase from the 102 mounted when the new mobile technology was rolled out in April 2019.

Is there a 5G antenna near you in Switzerland? A new map has the answer
One of the 5G antennae mounted in Switzerland. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss TV station RTS has created an interactive map showing where the 5G antennas are located throughout the country. 

By moving the line on the map, a user can see the progression of the fifth-generation of cellular technology between June 2019, when only 280 antennas were rolled out, and the present time.

The map was created based on the data from the Federal Office of Communications.

The activation of 5G antennas is not uniform across the country, RTS said.

The largest number of transmitting stations are in big cities, led by Zurich (108), Bern (48), Winterthur (30) and Geneva (27). Some towns, like Yverdon-les-Bains, have none.

Currently, 1018 communes— 46 percent of the country’s municipalities ‑ have at least one 5G antenna.

As for the cantons, Bern, with 416 antennas and Zurich, with 375, are the most connected. Vaud (167) and Geneva (109)  have the most antennas in the French-speaking Switzerland.

Switzerland was among the first nations to begin deploying 5G, but this technology has been controversial here, as it has been in other countries as well.

Because of possible health risks associated with the radiation from the antennas, several cantons have not authorised them. However, operators Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt can still deploy the system by transforming 4G antennas, while respecting the same radiation limit values.

The rollout had sparked a nationwide revolt last year, when thousands have demonstrated in Bern against this technology.

More demonstrations against 5G are scheduled to take place on January 25th in Switzerland and other countries.

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