What exactly is a ‘large boulder the size of a small boulder’?

This large small boulder is making little big waves.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 28, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 4:49 pm CDT

A large boulder fell onto the highway in Colorado’s San Miguel County, according to the official Twitter account of San Miguel Sheriff’s office. The boulder was quite big and was completely blocking the eastbound lane of traffic. Just how big was this boulder you ask?

Apparently it was the size of a small boulder.

The somewhat confusing description thrilled and delighted Twitter, and people had a field day mocking it. It’s now a full-blown meme.

Perplexing descriptions aside, the sheriff’s department got the boulder removed using a snowplow in approximately 30 minutes. It seems they’re pretty good at their jobs—and also at Twitter.

And if you’re still wondering about the exact size of the chunk of rock in question, the sheriff’s department followed up with slightly more precise measurements: 64 cubic feet and 10,000 pounds.

Which, from here on out, will be the official dimensions of a medium-sized boulder.

Update Jan. 30, 2pm CT: Susan Lilly, a public information officer for San Miguel County, has come forward as the author of the now-famous boulder tweet. “I own my mistake, and now I rock it,” she wrote.

She says that she meant to write, “a large boulder the size of a small car.” That makes way more sense, but her mistake gained her a lot of fans.


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*First Published: Jan 28, 2020, 2:49 pm CST