‘Tiny’ excavator freeing huge ship stuck in Suez Canal prompts meme fest

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No one was hurt, and the environment is so far undamaged. The lack of stakes surrounding the Ever Given’s grounding in Suez Canal has made it a prime target for jokes.

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PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 02:57 PM IST

A giant ship has blocked the famous Suez Canal but opened up a torrent of memes and gifs lampooning the hapless container carrier, which has been jammed in the waterway since Tuesday.

Elements of global commerce have been brought to a standstill, but no one was hurt, and the environment is so far undamaged. The lack of stakes surrounding the Ever Given’s grounding has made it a prime target for jokes.

Nine tugs attempted to move it while getting some help from the shore with two workers and a digger clawing into the sandy embankment where the Ever Given’s bow is dug in.

Images of them – dwarfed by the hull of the monster they were trying to dig out – circulated with comments on Twitter such as “these two guys and their digger are currently trying to save global trade.”

The Twitter account @SuezDiggerGuy, “Guy With the Digger at Suez Canal,” had nearly 17,000 followers and a profile line that read: “Trying my best. No promises.”

Its timeline was replete with observations such as “Thinking of naming my digger, Ever Digging” and bemoaning having his leave rescinded by managers.

Here are some of the hilarious posts shared on the Twitter profile:

Netizens also conjured up hilarious memes and jokes. Take a look at the shares which may make your giggle hard:

Once it became clear the ship could be stuck for weeks, a website quickly spun up, https://istheshipstillstuck.com.

And the memes filled the internet like cargo ships piling up in the Red Sea.

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