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There have been so many “suspicious white powder” confrontations between hashers and the Man I’ve pretty much quit tracking them, but this one stands out.

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Why? Because it happened in Singapore, a city/state smaller even than Hong Kong, and like Hong Kong home to several active hashes (including the second-oldest kennel, Singapore HHH, founded by Ian Cumming in 1962). You would think Singaporean authorities, if not the general public, would be familiar with hashing, hashers, and hash trail markings. Actually, I’m sure they are. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that laying trail through a subway station, in other countries a prime terrorism target, was a less than stellar idea. Civilians became alarmed, and my guess is the authorities—probably knowing all along the marks were left by hashers—were put in a position where they had to respond.

This time it looks like a bit of a crackdown is taking place. According to this follow-up article, the Singapore National Parks Board wants hashers to stop marking trails in areas managed by the board. Specifically, they will not allow chalk or flour: ”Only toilet or tissue paper are allowed to be used as markings, and they must be cleaned up immediately after the event.”

We’re used to chalk and flour in the States, but hashers in Asia often use shredded paper. I’ve hashed paper trails in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan. Many of those trails were quite long, and I have a hard time imagining the hare who, after a well-lubricated circle and on-after, would willingly go back over the trail to clean up the paper.

I can think of a few occasions where police have forced American hares to go back over their trails to sweep up flour and scrub chalk marks away, which is far harder than picking up paper. How many of us would be willing to hare if we had to clean up afterward?

Better to keep a low profile and not get caught, I’m thinking. And rethink laying trail through areas where civilians might freak and put the authorities into response mode. As I’ve said many times, hashing is an underground thing, and we need to keep it that way.

Here is my favorite bike hash photo ever, taken by a fellow Pedalfiler in Tucson, Deep Dish:


And last, this. The final case on the list is still in litigation, and that is why I will not be releasing my tax returns.


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