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Sinkhole forms in front of Mar-a-Lago; metaphors pour in

By Amy B Wang

May 22, 2017 at 2:51 PM

View of Mar-a-Lago from the new beach club Trump built. (Mary Jordan/The Washington Post)

A large sinkhole has formed in front of Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach estate belonging to President Trump.

Town officials posted a run-of-the-mill advisory about the sinkhole Monday morning:

"A 4' x 4' sinkhole has formed on Southern Boulevard directly in front of Mar-a-Lago," the traffic alert read. "It appears to be in the vicinity of the newly installed water main. West Palm Beach Utilities distribution crews have secured the area and will most likely need to do some exploratory excavation today."

But where utility workers saw a repair project, the Internet saw a giant opening — for metaphors.

Others questioned if the sinkhole hadn't been mistaken for something else.

Within minutes of the traffic alert, the sinkhole had legitimate fans.

Others had formed theories behind how the 16-square-foot sinkhole came to be. Most had to do with the mysterious glowing orb Trump was pictured touching on his trip to Saudi Arabia.

What's next?

Read more:

Government watchdog to review Trump's use of Mar-a-Lago

At Mar-a-Lago, the star power of the presidency helps charities — and Trump — make more money

Trump, Camp David, Mar-a-Lago and the history of presidential retreats


Amy B Wang is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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