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People on TikTok are making memes and jokes about the massive cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal

Summary List PlacementA cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal, a crucial shipping route in Egypt, for several days straight is leading to jokes and memes on TikTok. The Ever Given, a ship that's bigger than the Empire State Building, first ran aground on Tuesday with officials attributing the accident to...

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A cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal, a crucial shipping route in Egypt, for several days straight is leading to jokes and memes on TikTok.

The Ever Given, a ship that’s bigger than the Empire State Building, first ran aground on Tuesday with officials attributing the accident to high winds and wind storms.

Egyptian authorities attempted to tow the boat on Wednesday with little success, and satellite imagery was already showing crowds of other vessels piling up and attempting to pass on both sides. Other excavation efforts failed, and by Thursday, a Dutch company specializing in dredging had joined the effort to dislodge the ship and get it floating again.

It’s a very serious situation that has caused a big boat traffic jam in the Egyptian waterway and gained global attention. But that hasn’t stopped memes of the crisis from circulating on Twitter and now people are posting jokes, videos, and more on TikTok, too.

As the saga has continued to unfold, TikTok users and news organizations have taken to the app to help explain the situation.

Of course, memes using popular TikTok audios followed as well. Users expressed feelings about being stressed about the situation, personified the boat itself, or simply joked about its ability to cause problems.

Others highlighted the rather phallic shape that the ship’s path traced prior to entering the Suez Canal.

Many of the memes online about the boat have also focused on its reliability — who among us hasn’t felt helplessly stuck at certain points of our lives? Even giant cargo ships blocking a major shipping route.

There are also songs, of course. “Big Cargo Ship Blocking the Suez Canal: The Musical,” anyone?

It’s unclear when the situation will resolve, with the CEO of a specialist dredging firm saying that it could be weeks before the boat is freed and normal operations on the canal can resume.

Until then, the TikToks and memes are sure to keep flowing. 

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