I hiked Runyon Canyon yesterday and at the very top it looks like the park had removed the giant and beloved bench overlooking LA (as well as the normal sized one adjacent to it).

Why? I don’t know if this is true, but the story goes that recently a woman hopped off the big bench and twisted her ankle. And because of her stupidity, she decided to sue the park, so the park decided to remove the bench in the meantime.

I hope to God this isn’t the real story — but for now it’s the only one being spread around.

UPDATE 1/18/13: The bench is back, sort of, in a more normal size.