An RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer stopped to help a stranded rider standing beside a stalled motorcycle in the mountains.
It was extremely cold, and the rider was heavily dressed in a helmet, balaclava and snowmobile suit.
In a muffled voice, the rider told the Mountie that the carburetor was frozen.
A motorcyclist himself, the Mountie remembered an old trick for just such an occasion. “Try peeing on it,” the Mountie said, “That should unfreeze it.”
“Can’t,” replied the rider.
So the helpful Mountie took out his own equipment and liberally hosed down the carburetor, and the bike soon fired up.
A few days later, the local department received a thank you note from a father, grateful for the roadside assistance his young daughter had received from the RCMP.
This page was last updated September 1, 2001.