The Brief: A story of a New York City man falling through a sinkhole into a pit filled with rats has led to numerous "rat sinkhole" and "rat pit" memes.

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Get out your 2020 Bingo card, because a man in the Bronx fell through a sinkhole in the sidewalk into a hole filled with rats on Saturday. Truly the stuff of nightmares, this news story has been circulating as a symbol of the rough year 2020 has been. Rat sinkhole memes and rat pit memes have been spreading online since the story broke as people imagine how horrifying this experience would be.

The New York Daily News reported that the man who fell, Leonard Shoulders, was stuck in the hole for half an hour with a broken leg and rats crawling on him. His brother told The News โ€œHe couldnโ€™t move, and the rats were crawling all over him. He didnโ€™t scream, because he didnโ€™t want the rats going into his mouth.โ€

Many memes note how falling into a pit of rats is a uniquely New York City experience, comparing it to other infamous downsides of living in the city.

Hope the rat sinkhole doesn’t milkshake duck!

Nature is healing…we are the virus.