Sinkhole opens on the White House lawn and prompts an accidental caption contest
It was spotted by reporter Steve Herman.
A sinkhole has appeared in the grounds of the White House and the internet is loving it.
Voice Of America reporter Steve Herman shared photos of the sinkhole, which has appeared outside the press briefing room, commenting that it had grown in size.
As with anything mildly chuckle-inducing on Twitter, users attempted to outdo each other with funny responses.
there are enough jokes to make from this material to fill an entire 1 hour standup https://t.co/dzRZZDmcID— Joe Kent (@itsjoekent) May 22, 2018
There were plenty of jokes.
Let this sink in https://t.co/vcvlKj0EV1— Jake Metric (@JakeMetric) May 22, 2018
I could really get into this as a Buffy spin off. https://t.co/2Qa9CajucS— Dr. Clare Dale (@profhistorygeek) May 22, 2018
If the past two years were a TV show, people would call it too predictable and lazily written with plot twists no one would believe.— Chloe Hatz (@ChloeHatz) May 22, 2018
DID YOU CREATE THAT SINKHOLE? pic.twitter.com/CvwoGzRN6N— Adam Mincks (@RufusOverYrHead) May 22, 2018
And a caption competition.
a cave that needs exploring 🙋🏻 pick me! https://t.co/By5g4sLpTF— cindy (@cindywu) May 22, 2018
Make Symbolism Great Again https://t.co/wfz8YhdO2b— Anya Gelernt-Dunkle (@HaLachmaAnya) May 22, 2018
Our sinkholes are much bigger than Obama's.— The Mighty (@quetheeskimo) May 22, 2018
Someone’s escape tunnel is collapsing.— Jim (@porttacksailor) May 22, 2018
Some riffed on Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” on entering office.
As it happens, the common story that the White House was built on a swamp originally is nothing but a myth, according to the Smithsonian.
Someone finally pulled the drain plug on the swamp. https://t.co/aL3QQDt9Pn— Sam Spence (@samwithans) May 22, 2018
The sinkhole already has its own Twitter account.
A National Park Service’s Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles said the service was monitoring the sinkhole and “is bringing in some additional experts to help best determine a remedy”.
It does not believe the sinkhole poses any risk.