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Ottawa sinkhole inspires torrent of memes on social media

Almost as quickly as news of the Rideau Street sinkhole emerged, so too the deluge of wisecracks, memes and GIFs on social media platforms.

Rideau Street sinkhole spawns a gusher of irreverent commentary

By Wednesday afternoon, the Rideau Street sinkhole had its own mock crowd-funding campaign.

Almost as quickly as news of Ottawa's Rideau Street sinkhole emerged, so too came the deluge of wisecracks, memes and GIFs on social media platforms. Someone even went to the trouble of creating a mock crowd-funding campaign.

A parked van was swallowed by the sinkhole, forcing the evacuation of the Rideau Centre and surrounding businesses, and shutting down roads in a downtown core already clogged by construction.

But apart from the inconvenience to motorists, pedestrians and businesses, no injuries were reported.

Enter the comedy writers.

Some invoked recent sinkhole history.

Others began claiming responsibility.

Then, some memes collided.

And, predictably, there were parody accounts.

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