Dozens of police officers are being deployed to the US city of Boulder, Colorado, to try to prevent a zany annual Halloween tradition.Sheep decapitation? Mass urination on public highways? Smokers march?
What could possibly need to be stopped at all costs?
Each year, dozens run down the city's snowy streets wearing only trainers and a hollowed-out pumpkin on their heads.Say what?
Naked pumpkin people? That's it? That's all they do, risk getting frostbitten in unmentionable places? They don't smash windows, assault passers-by, wreck cars?
No. They just have fun. Or rather, this year, they try to:
Officials say they will charge pumpkin-clad runners under the city's law against indecent exposure.Oh, boy. I bet that's a sought-after posting in the Boulder PD:
According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 40 officers will be present on the traditional route, with two elite teams of officer patrolling nearby.
'Hey, Bob, how's it hanging?'
'Not bad, Chuck, not bad. Hey, I got accepted to that post I interviewed for, the elites, the best of the best!'
'Hey, gratz, man! What was it again? SWAT? Major Crimes?'
'Nope. Pumpkin Run Patrol!'