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Sheriff Roasted on Twitter for Puzzling Boulder Description

In late January, a nondescript Twitter account for the local sheriff’s office started receiving attention from around the nation after it issued a confusing tweet. The first sentence from the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office read, “Large boulder the size of a small boulder is completely blocking east-bound lane Highway 145 at Silverpick Rd. Please use caution and watch for emergency vehicles in the area.”

Almost immediately, Twitter users started to question whether there was an exception in the laws of physics and spacetime that would somehow explain how a large boulder could be the size of a small boulder.

Wrote one user, “What’s heavier … a large boulder the size of a small boulder, or a small boulder the size of a large one? Asking for a friend.” A different user wondered if perhaps the boulder was having self-esteem issues. Another referenced a well-known paradoxical thought experiment. “Schrodinger’s boulder – both large and small at the same time.” Still yet another offered a potential fashion solution. “Perhaps the boulder was wearing Spanx or a similar compression garment? That would explain how a large boulder could fit into the size of a small boulder.”

After providing an update that the boulder had been removed, the sheriff’s office offered a clarification: “The boulder that fell onto Highway 145 at Silverpick Rd was approximately 4ft x4ft x4ft (64 cubic ft) and weighed about 10,000 lbs.”

Possible Preaching Angle:

To God, our earthly measures are irrelevant; large or small, rich or poor, God is the LORD over them all, and can use all for his glory and purposes


Ed Mazza, “A Sheriff Department’s Attempt To Describe This Boulder Goes Delightfully Awry” HuffPost.com (1-28-20)

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