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.
"Give us a sign, God."
[sinkhole appears in front of Mar-A-Lago]
"Hm, can't be sure that's anything."https://t.co/oTrfQkYBxR
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) May 22, 2017
The Sinkhole: Our New National Symbol. https://t.co/gKz0I3940b
— glennwsmith (@glennwsmith) May 22, 2017
Hate to be pedantic, but the Mar-a-lago sinkhole isn't *technically* a metaphor, because metaphors aren't *that* obvious.
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) May 22, 2017
Others questioned if the sinkhole hadn't been mistaken for something else.
My working theory: It’s a hellmouth, not a sinkhole.
— Jeff LaMarche (@jeff_lamarche) May 22, 2017
Sean Spicer wants to make it very clear there is NOT a sinkhole in front of Mar-A-Lago...
It is a Florida Swamp Center.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 22, 2017
@thehill Look, I have the best sinkhole. Everyone's talking about my sinkhole. It's yuge. Tremendous. Really. Great, great sinkhole. Believe me.
— Zachary Myers (@zachskymyers) May 22, 2017
Within minutes of the traffic alert, the sinkhole had legitimate fans.
— chuckyou2 (@chuckyoutwo) May 22, 2017
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.
The sinkhole began forming seconds after the Orb was touched. https://t.co/zBVio0ejjs
— Chad Fondiller (@ChadFondiller) May 22, 2017
A sinkhole just opened in front of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate https://t.co/vlSlzzwBCP THE ORB DEMANDS SACRIFICE
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 22, 2017
Step 1. Glowing orb
Step 2. Sinkhole
Step 3. pic.twitter.com/Jf9QuL09Hm
— Jay (@theshamingofjay) May 22, 2017