Last week, when members of the western media began to arrive Sochi and complain about the shabby state of their accommodations at the 2014 Winter Olympics, a 20-year-old journalism student from Ontario named Alex Broad thought of a great idea for a funny Twitter handle. Pretty soon @SochiProblems was born. Broad started collecting all the complaints and funny tweets all in one place, and almost overnight the kid had acquired 339K followers and started a meme. Now people with those little blue checkmarks next to their name are watching to see what he says, and “reputable” news sources are tweeting stories with the #sochiproblems hashtag.
What a world we live in, right?
Anyway, in case you missed this whole thing blow up out of nowhere—and if you blinked, it was easy to miss—today we’re going to get you all caught up with this list of the best #sochiproblems tweets and memes anybody has seen so far. Most of them have been tweeted or retweeted by @SochiProblems at one point. However, in an attempt to make sure all the hilarious fails you’re about to see are legitimate and not just internet hoaxes (like these), I tracked down the original source of the tweets and confirmed that the people who issued them are actually in Sochi.
Grass always greener on the other side? Just paint it.
27. Just Painting the Lawn
Hey, why not? Probably not great for cardio, but you'd probably get a nice core workout.
26. Sochi Fitness
In fairness, it does look like this guy (an Austrian journalist) is exaggerating a bit. That looks more like a parking lot than a street. But yes, it is not quite ready.
25. Pavement Issues
But hey, those are nice coatracks.
24. Coatrack Dispensary
What? This is how my router is set up. Works totally fine.
23. Sochi Wifi
That's not a fire hose. That's a Russian bidet.
(Also, Cathal Kelly is a fantastic sports writer. You should follow him.)
22. The Toilet Hose
After Sochi is done hosting the XXII Olympic Winter Games it has a couple of weeks to turn around and get ready for the XI Paralympic Winter Games. So that should be interesting.
21. Good Luck, Paralympians
Responding to some of the complaints about accommodations, Dmitry Kozak, deputy prime minister responsible for Olympic preparations, said "we have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day"—to which the world responded, "say what now?"
Anyway, that's what this burn from Norton's official Twitter feed is about.
20. Norton Burn
And this Norton burn is about the claims by NBC News chief foreign correspondent's claims that his phone was hacked.
Who knew an anti-virus software company could have such a great sense of humor?
19. Another Norton Burn
Hurry up, you guys, everyone is going to be here soon.
18. Last-Minute Landscaping
Based on the fact that this sign is in perfect English, I'll admit that it very well could be a fake. It's still pretty funny.
(Also, are those beanbag chairs?)
17. No Massage for You
Whatever, dude. Somebody else's problem. Just do your business.
16. Missing Something
It's actually common practice to attach grounding wires to pipes. However—and I'm no plumbing expert—but I don't think you usually do it in the shower.
15. Electrical Plumping
What can I say? To some Sochi 2014 will forever be known as the Olympics where they didn't have enough toilet seats.
14. The New Olympic Rings
So random, and yet so funny because so true.
Well done, internet.
13. Astros Burn!
Funny, yes. But then again, we're the ones who make ourselves obese by drinking hundreds of gallons of carbonated high fructose corn syrup-water ever year.
12. Trolling at Walmart
This is totally real. Buy it here. Proceeds supposedly go to charity.
11. Official Soci Problems T-Shirt?
Ah yes, the famous double toilets—the original #sochiproblem.
10. The Double Toilets
I've always said Clorox is the funniest bleach in the world.
9. Clorox Trolling
This Star-Ledger reporter tweeted this before he headed over to Sochi to cover men's hockey. If anyone in Jersey sees him driving around in a new Escalade this spring, you'll know why.
8. The Black Market
The hotel warned her not to use the water because it might burn her skin, and I'm assuming she listened.
7. Dangerous Face Water
The great Stephen Colbert said it best: for a country so worried about homosexuality, you would think they'd have taken the time to cover up all the manholes.
6. Open Manholes
Good news: some of the bathrooms do have stalls.
Bad news: those bathrooms have mirror ceilings.
5. Bathroom Privacy
This is apparently real, but it has to be a joke. With gin going for just $6/liter in their country, Russians have to puke somewhere?
4. Strict Toilet Rules
Every dark cloud has a silver lining. The advantage to shoddy construction of Sochi facilities? It's easy to break out when you get locked int he bathroom.
3. Bathroom Break
Yep, that's the worst thing ever.
2. Weak Plumping
As much as I love all the #sochiproblems, this is also true and hilarious. If you're gonna be a hater you'd better own it.