A running club today admitted leaving a trail of flour in a Singapore metro station which prompted a security scare and a three-hour shutdown of the station.
In a statement the Seletar Hash House Harriers, an all-male group that describes itself as a “drinking group with a running problem”, apologised for the “alarm and inconvenience” caused to the public.
…One of the group’s members, a 69-year-old man, was arrested for causing public alarm while two others, aged 59 and 70, are helping police with investigations.
Judging by their ages, these are veteran hashers and I hope they are not punished.
For some reason we’re approaching an epidemic of people freaking out when they see evidence of a hash run. The latest episode occurred on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Some people see lines of white powder on their property and call the police. Some of us get a broom and dustpan.
Police have reassured Portland residents that suspicious chalk markings found near their homes are not code for burglars and were put there by a local running club.
The chalk markings on the road near residential properties in Southwell had appeared on Wednesday evening, sparking fears in the community that homes could be targeted by burglars, who use chalk markings as code.
CONTENT WARNING: The following is a photo of one of the markings. Some may find the image disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
Other harrowing markings can be viewed at this link.
Not only is Bali an exotic and beautiful tourist destination, it also has an enthusiastic bunch of hash runners.
The island recently hosted the Asia Pacific Hash 2014 that included not only a run through “a hasher’s paradise with rice terraces, river gorges, waterfalls and rainforest,” but a world record for the largest mass massage, with 1,000 masseurs contributing their services.
Here’s an amazing photo of the event:
Hashers the world over need to hold a massive press conference to explain their rituals. Once again there has been a public panic caused by the flour used to designate the hash route.
“We didn’t know whether it was poison or drugs. We didn’t know what it was,” said one citizen, who is clearly not a follower of William of Ockham.
“Chalk’s a lot harder to use and also chalk hangs around a lot longer,” said hasher Brian Paterson. “Flour in Edinburgh either blows away or gets washed away in the rain. We did use sawdust during the anthrax scare.”
Just don’t switch to ravioli.
Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh said investigators determined the white powder had been distributed “in bizarre shapes, like x’s and arrows.”
After tips from the public and viewing the parking garage surveillance video, police now believe the powder was placed by “runners who use flour to mark their running paths.”
Well, that’s one way of putting it.
No word yet on whether these villains are part of the same cabal as the infamous Pittsburgh Ravioli Bomber.