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Ship stuck in the Suez Canal unleashes flood of Internet jokes

Ship stuck in the Suez Canal unleashes flood of Internet jokes

A screen capture of the Twitter profile for @SuezDiggerGuy as seen on Mar 26, 2021.

TOKYO: A giant ship has blocked the famous Suez Canal but opened up a torrent of memes and gifs lampooning the hapless container carrier, which has been jammed in the waterway since Tuesday (Mar 23).

Elements of global commerce have been brought to a standstill, but no one was hurt, and the environment is so far undamaged. The lack of stakes surrounding the Ever Given's grounding has made it a prime target for jokes.

READ: Megaship blocks Suez Canal: What we know so far

Nine tugs attempted to move it while getting some help from the shore with two workers and a digger clawing into the sandy embankment where the Ever Given's bow is dug in.

Images of them - dwarfed by the hull of the monster they were trying to dig out - circulated with comments on Twitter such as "these two guys and their digger are currently trying to save global trade".

The Twitter account @SuezDiggerGuy, "Guy With the Digger at Suez Canal," had 16,000 followers by about 4.30pm Singapore time and a profile line that read: "Trying my best. No promises."

Its timeline was replete with observations such as "Thinking of naming my digger, Ever Digging" and bemoaning having his leave rescinded by managers.

Netizens also conjured up Lego images of the digger and the bow of the container ship, which is carrying consumer goods from Chinese factories to European households.

Once it became clear the ship could be stuck for weeks, a website quickly spun up,

And the memes filled the Internet like cargo ships piling up in the Red Sea. Many of the most popular touched on the angst of the last pandemic-filled year; one labelled the hulking ship "my COVID depression & anxiety" and the tiny digger on shore as "going on a daily walk."

Screen capture of the Is The Ship Still Stuck? website as seen on Mar 26, 2021.

Source: Reuters/zl


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