Check this brief version of a funny story by Chris Barge of the Rocky Mountain News
Seems Boulder climber and comedian Timmy O'Neill inadvertently left a package outside an ATM Monday, sparking a bomb scare.
Inside? A rusty old canteen he and a buddy found while climbing in Yosemite National Park.
O'Neill, who had been in town for only a week after a three-month climbing, paddling and comedy tour of Scotland, Australia and the Grand Canyon, was still trying to make sense of the experience Tuesday.
"What a strange life I live," the professional climber and stand-up comic said, searching for the right one-liner. "I've been known to turn a head or two, but my package has never stopped traffic before."
When the police tracked O'Neill down - at the public library - he said he's ride over to meet them and straighten things out. The police asked how they would recognize O'Neill.
O'Neill: 'I'm wearing jeans, a T-shirt, thongs and I've got a messenger bag. I'm pretty caffeinated, though, so watch out.'
He opened the package and sheepishly showed the canteen to police.
O'Neill: I talked to the bank manager. I apologized for causing trouble. I asked him, 'Are my user fees gonna go up?' He said 'Buddy, they just tripled.'
Known as "America's most outrageous climber," O'Neill, 37, of Boulder, has set international speed climbing records, kayaked the length of the Grand Canyon five times and scaled urban buildings without ropes.
He travels the world giving outdoor-oriented slide show comedy routines.
Recently, O'Neill founded Paradox Sports (www.para doxsports.org), a nonprofit that tries to get disabled people involved in outdoor recreation.
• To learn more and watch him star as "Captain Underpants," left, in a video promoting Patagonia's Common Threads Garment Recycling Program, go to www.timmy oneill.com.