“Sinkhole” has now surpassed “long line at Tim’s drive-thru” and “Hog’s Back Bridge was up” as Ottawa’s favourite late-for-work excuse. The latest city update from earlier today confirmed that the sinkhole has gained sentience and is demanding meals of taxis and snowplows.
The giant car-swallowing sinkhole on the eastbound Highway 174 at Jeanne D’Arc is causing massive traffic delays for Orleans commuters, and it’s spawned some amusing tweets, memes, jokes and even a song. _ (We’ll keep updating this blog post over the next few weeks - please send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org ) _ _ _
One of the first out of the gate was @atomicnoggin , who created this using a photo from the Ottawa Fire Service:
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The folks over at Majic Mornings put together this song called "Stuck in a hole": Some people seem to have developed a paranoia about sinkholes, like [ @domcoballe ](http://twitter.com/domcoballe/statuses/243782470359711745) , who posted this photo with the caption _ "Another devastating sinkhole (unconfirmed) in Ottawa." _ [ !(/legacy/01689.png) ](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/unconfirmed.png) ** ** ** Carter Brown at Kiss 105.3 FM came up with this song parody: ** ** ** ** Cub Carson and the folks at Bob FM came up with this song parody: ** ** Making the best of a bad situation, via [ @picamc ](http://twitter.com/picamc/status/243859245525766144/photo/1) : ** ** ** [ !(/legacy/01690.jpg) ](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/canyon.jpg) ** ** ** ** ** Steve Warne from Team 1200 is accepting entries for a [ sinkhole photoshop contest ](http://tgornation.blogspot.ca/2012/09/photoshop-contest-sink-hole-sports.html) : ** ** ** [ !(/legacy/01691.jpg) ](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/usain-bolt-sink-hole.jpg) ** ** ** More Photoshop fun (seen on [ Reddit ](http://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa/comments/znf93/spotted_on_the_174_%E0%B2%A0_%E0%B2%A0/) , but source unknown): ** ** ** [ !(/legacy/01692.jpg) ](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/sarlacc.jpg) ** ** ** ** ** Here's one of those annoying Facebook card things: ** [ !(/legacy/01693.png) ](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/chicken.png) ** ** ** Over on Twitter: ** * Someone's created a [ @174sinkhole ](http://twitter.com/174sinkhole) account. The sinkhole seems to be a bit lonely. * I've enjoyed [ the o-dot's ](http://twitter.com/theodotblog) take on the situation, including _ "Tim Horton's Drive Thru Planned For Orleans Sinkhole" _ and _ "Anne Geddes Arrives In Ottawa To Take Artsy Photos Of Babies In Sinkhole" _ . * The o-dot also proposed yet another Ottawa festival to be called ** "SinkholeFest" ** , with _ "bands to include Hole and Passion Pit". ( _ To which my brother [ @mattgowerottawa ](http://twitter.com/MattGowerOttawa) responded: _ "Pavement was scheduled to play Sinkholefest, but those plans fell through...") [ !(/legacy/01694.jpg) ](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/justforlaughs.jpg) _ * We asked OttawaStart followers to suggest a name for the sinkhole. My favourite was ** "Holeans" ** , suggested by [ @michelsavard01 ](http://twitter.com/michelsavard01) . ** There's a sinkhole web site: ** [ www.isthesinkholefixedyet.ca/ ](http://www.isthesinkholefixedyet.ca/) ** And finally, ** as much as we laugh and complain about the sinkhole, it's probably worth keeping in mind that it's very, very lucky nobody was seriously injured. ** See also: ** [ Ottawa Traffic Guide ](http://ottawastart.com/traffic.php) If you liked this post, you should ** [ subscribe to etcetera ](http://eepurl.com/oSmyr) , ** our free email newsletter. Featuring cool Ottawa events, interesting local news and contests and giveaways. Thanks!