image I just picked up a really odd story from KXAN TV this morning – according to multiple drivers near the intersection of Lamar and Martin Luther King Boulevard, a roadside construction signed warned everyone: “ZOMBIES IN AREA! RUN.”

“Even though this may seem amusing to a lot of people, this is really serious, and it is a crime,” said Austin Public Works spokesperson Sara Hartley. “And you can be indicted for it, and we want to make sure our traffic on the roadways stays safe.”

Speaking from … ahem … personal experience, these things aren’t particularly secured very well. They generally don’t have any warnings of the illegality of tampering on them (though it doesn’t take much in the way of BRAAIIINS to figure it out).

Honestly, though, it’s a pretty harmless prank, and I can’t imagine much coming of it (nor should there be much to come of it). Not only is it in keeping with the odd civic spirit of the town, it’s relatively harmless (the prank was quickly remedied), and just plain funny.

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