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Sheriff’s baffling tweet about a boulder in the road goes gloriously viral

Sheriff’s baffling tweet about a boulder in the road goes gloriously viral

By Sam Haysom

If you’re navigating the snowy roads roads of Telluride in San Miguel County, Colorado, you had better keep a wary eye out for boulders.

Small boulders, large boulders, and — most importantly of all — large boulders the size of small boulders.

Large boulder the size of a small boulder is completely blocking east-bound lane Highway 145 mm78 at Silverpick Rd. Please use caution and watch for emergency vehicles in the area. pic.twitter.com/EVMmDf0IJu

— San Miguel Sheriff (@SheriffAlert) January 27, 2020

Yep, that is an official tweet from the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Twitter feed. The account itself has a couple thousand followers, and most of its previous tweets each received a small handful of retweets.

But that one has over 19,000 and counting.

Unsurprisingly, many of the replies tapped into the same thing.

ah yes a large boulder the size of a small boulder

— joshua rush (@JoshuaRush) January 27, 2020

It wasn’t long before the jokes started.

Did … did a self-conscious small boulder write this?

— Attorney@Law (@TheGlare_TM) January 27, 2020

I think we should be grateful it wasn’t a large boulder the size of a large boulder.

— ⚜️Rob Anderson for Louisiana (@RobAnderson2018) January 28, 2020

wow, look at the sizes of that thing

— Adam M. Sachs (@AddySachs) January 27, 2020

So many zingers.

Schrodinger’s Boulder. Large and Small at the same time.

— Manuel Lopez del Rio (@mlopezdelrio) January 27, 2020

Who would win in a fight? A large-boulder-sized small boulder or 20 small-boulder-sized large boulders?

— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) January 27, 2020

Don’t take these things for granite.

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 27, 2020

The ever-professional sheriff, meanwhile, kept on tweeting as if nothing was amiss.

Highway 145 mm78 at Silverpick Rd is now clear of the boulder that was blocking the east bound lane. Both lanes open to traffic.

— San Miguel Sheriff (@SheriffAlert) January 27, 2020

(Although the account did finally confirm the boulder’s exact size, in what is surely a subtle nod to the initial tweet’s glorious popularity.)

The boulder that fell onto Highway 145 at Silverpick Rd outside Telluride was approximately 4ftx4ftx4ft (64 cubic ft) and weighed about 10,000lbs. No injuries or vehicle damage. Eastbound lane blocked for about 30 mins until a snow plow was able to move the boulder off highway. pic.twitter.com/mpCF3JdsC8

— San Miguel Sheriff (@SheriffAlert) January 27, 2020

64 cubit ft. Is that a medium boulder, a large small boulder, or a small large boulder?

We can’t see the debate dying down anytime soon…

I want to hear more about the boulder.

— Stan (@StanDAlone2016) January 27, 2020