A sinkhole that opened up in a sidewalk in Toronto, Canada has caused some excitement for local fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The vibrant green ooze that can be seen within the hole is just too similar to the substance in TMNT lore that transformed the subterranean, reptilian heroes into what they are.
A tweet from Toronto news and culture site blogTO showed a video of the green slime flowing in the sinkhole, which is roped off with barricade tape.
“Nothing to see here – just a sinkhole on Hastings Ave. in Leslieville,” the video is captioned. Twitter users were nonetheless quick to start making references to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The origin story of the Ninja Turtles, with some alterations across the various media that have adapted the characters, involves a mysterious radioactive green ooze that transforms ordinary turtles into humanoid, intelligent warriors. As they’re generally depicted as living in the sewers, the idea of the ooze seeping through a sinkhole is especially appropriate.
Some responses to the tweet pointed out that the bright green color comes from tracing dye, which is used to find the source of the water so that repairs can be made. Others, however, simply wanted to enjoy the moment and imagine that the ooze was truly a herald of mutant heroes. “There are too many informative replies in here regarding the harmlessness of the dye,” said one. “MORE WILD SPECULATION ABOUT TOXIC WASTE PLEASE.”
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