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Friday Funny: Mimes Scold Naughty South Americans

Brazil, Venezuela and Columbia have all hired a curious sort of police force to encourage pedestrians and drivers to follow the rules -- mimes, who hang out at busy intersections and make fun of bad behavior.

Tim Newcomb reports that "Officials hope that using the visible, yet less-threatening, tactic of mimes can help break bad habits in a more congenial way."

Mimes in Caracas, Venezuela dress in safety orange and yellow to stand out in the crosswalk.


A mime in Valparaiso, Chile. PHOTO: Jessie Reeder.

Full Story: Silent Treatment: Mimes Enforce Traffic Laws in Venezuela

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