Ever Given, the enormous container that’s been stuck in the Suez Canal for six days, is finally free. What was an abject disaster for global trade predictably turned into a goldmine for online jokes.
People reveled not just at the boat’s size, but how silly and incredibly direct the whole ordeal was. So much about the world and how it operates is unseen or unexplainable. But with the big boat, we could see it plainly. The captain messed up and ran it aground, which meant all the ships behind it couldn’t go through. This effectively re-routed the Mediterranean trade around the southern tip of Africa.
Even that’s too technical, though. Within hours, people began identifying with the big boat, enjoying the fact that it was stuck. Some built websites updating its status or that allowed you to get the big boat stuck in the body of water of your choosing. Others wrote about why they liked that the boat was stuck, even though they knew it was bad that it was stuck.
The stuck boat is all of us
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) March 27, 2021
I wouldn't have guessed it, but it turns out the best thing for my mental health during these trying times is for a big ass boat to get stuck in the Suez canal.
— Existential Comics (@existentialcoms) March 27, 2021
The big boat signaled a rare moment in internet—specifically Twitter—monoculture. All the posts, even the corny and pandering ones, were good. There are plenty of reasons why, but the easiest one to understand is that everyone can appreciate and laugh at a giant boat being stuck.
Maybe that’s why the moment it was partially freed, the phrase “PUT IT BACK” began trending. The Ever Given will continue on its course, and we’ll never live in this incredible unifying moment again. But the tweets and jokes will live on forever.
would the big stuck boat wear pants like this or like this pic.twitter.com/MCrUvYWa7m
— 🌿stick🐿 (@briggityboppity) March 28, 2021
taking a last minute $3000 flight to Egypt just so i can casually stroll up to some official standing on the side of the canal and go "what's goin on? boat stuck or somethin?"
— Jordan Freiman (@JordanFreiman) March 26, 2021
laughing about the stuck suez canal boat until they read out the licence plate and i realise it's mine
— Martin Dunlop (The Emperor) (@MartinDunlop1) March 28, 2021
The red dots represent men shouting out unrequested advice to the rescue crew pic.twitter.com/ZGn7UYMMl6
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) March 28, 2021
Cape of good hope: Well well well, look who came running back after fifteen decades pic.twitter.com/9eKvYmcBpP
— Usman Asif (@UsmanBaghi) March 25, 2021
it’d be funny if they finally dislodged the boat in the Suez Canal and it slowly turned and got stuck the other way round
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) March 27, 2021
the boat is stuck in the suez canal like pic.twitter.com/1OWQ9BmETJ
— Out of Context Pokemon (@OoCPokemon) March 26, 2021
Is the boat stuck or just afraid to succeed?
— Alex Baze (@bazecraze) March 26, 2021
seeing lots of people tweeting about how they should simply turn the boat in the suez canal. i've been studying this kind of thing for years, and the situation is actually far more complex. basically in layman's terms, if you turn it too far it'll get stuck the other way pic.twitter.com/mxe36B9YTP
— Rajat Suresh (@rajat_suresh) March 26, 2021
i would simply try turning the steering wheel to move the boat stuck in the suez canal. but that’s just me
— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) March 25, 2021
he could move that boat i know he could pic.twitter.com/8xbDOIU5HS
— soup (@soupinhercan) March 28, 2021
sending in my boys to get the boat unstuck pic.twitter.com/rRD2d2CTLR
— muad'dweeb (@vvilllll) March 28, 2021
why does an evil corner of my brain desire the boat to stay stuck
— JP (@jpbrammer) March 25, 2021
Yeah sex is good but have you ever got your boat stuck in the Suez Canal and blocked 10% of the world’s trade?
— Dr. Parik Patel, BA, CFA, ACCA Esq. 💸 (@ParikPatelCFA) March 25, 2021
My solution as a man for the stuck boat in the Suez Canal pic.twitter.com/btbC3TcoyH
— Upside Down Rory (@roryisconfused) March 26, 2021
[shows up 45 minutes late for an appointment] sorry, there's a boat stuck in the suez canal
— Brian Grubb (@briancgrubb) March 28, 2021
educate yourself ✨ pic.twitter.com/s9588sX0mZ
— steel chairman sanders (@onlinelonghorn) March 26, 2021
Tinashe performing at the Evergreen Suez Canal halftime show pic.twitter.com/mJzlneS6QZ
— remy (@remy4real22) March 28, 2021
*SUEZ CANAL AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN SAYS 321 SHIPS WAITING TO TRANSIT CANAL pic.twitter.com/BsKI7mbXKJ
— Investing.com (@Investingcom) March 28, 2021
uh oh. jason derulo has fallen down the stairs at the met gala and straight into the suez canal pic.twitter.com/k53s7pBzRZ
— soul nate (@MNateShyamalan) March 28, 2021
heard that ship is still stuck in the suez canal… stopping one of the biggest trade routes… i remember when you put everything on pause for US… it was the biggest thing you could’ve done… hopefully one day we can get unstuck pic.twitter.com/uEW6xEILhK
— sarah lugor! (@sarahlugor) March 28, 2021
One of these could clear the suez canal pic.twitter.com/KvlNqdaWQi
— Kangaroo Jake (@KangarooJackoff) March 28, 2021
have they tried this yet??? pic.twitter.com/31a5Q6GSSa
— Hurt CoPain (@SaeedDiCaprio) March 26, 2021
Remember what we could have had pic.twitter.com/uz80fQZ7zI
— black swan facilitator (@inteldotwav) March 27, 2021
— three raccoons in a zoom meeting 🍲🍀👺 (@BinAnimals) March 27, 2021