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 f-rom the inconvenience to motorists, pedestrians and businesses, no injuries were reported.
Enter the comedy writers.
Some invoked recent sinkhole history.