Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine and, as one Twitter user cleverly declared, the world's entire supply of schadenfreude was depleted in half an hour.
Indeed, Twitter exploded in the moments after Ford made the stunning admission. Comedians laughed, citizens raged and those inside Toronto's political world tried to wrap their heads around what exactly had happened.
Among the fallout was the birth of the Twitter hashtag #InaDrunkenStupor, with pays homage to Ford's bizarre claim that he didn't remember smoking crack because he was too drunk at the time.
Here are some of the best from Twitter, mixed in with some reaction from the real world.
Hardcore, Rob Ford. I'm now cool with movies shooting Toronto for New York.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) November 5, 2013
Yesterday, Rob Ford said he did not have a drinking problem. Today he claimed he got so drunk he smoked crack. Uh.... — Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) November 5, 2013
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she will not get involved but is very concerned.
"What’s happening at city hall is of great concern to everyone in the city of Toronto," Wynne said. "I am not going to pre-empt what the mayor may or may not do. The mayor will have to make his decisions about what is appropriate right now.
"He’s going to have to take action that he thinks is appropriate for the city of Toronto — that’s his responsibility. My concern is that what is happening at City Hall makes it very difficult for the business of city hall to carry on in a normal way. That is my biggest concern as a citizen of this city and the premier."
Rob Ford: Train wreck taking place aboard the Titanic as its hit by a crashing Hindenburg. #TOpoli
— Gerry Nicholls (@GerryNic) November 5, 2013
Conservative Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, after drafting a motion to call for Ford to take a leave of absence: "I think he’s lost the moral authority to lead. We’re in unchartered territory.”
Wow. — Mark Towhey (@towhey) November 5, 2013
'Yes, I dismembered my fiance... but I was in a drunken stupor!' Man, that Rob Ford excuse is solid gold. Good for any occasion...
— Mark Coffey (@txsinatrafan) November 5, 2013
"The train wreck is in sight. The train wreck is happening. We need to get rid of this distraction," said Coun. John Filion after drafting plans to freeze the mayor's powers.
OBLIGATORY ROB FORD MEME: pic.twitter.com/ncR7XpZ2R3
— Luke Simulacrum (@lukesimulacrum) November 5, 2013
Rob Ford and Alex Trebek - two Canadians obsessed with just how you phrase your questions. — Chris Knight (@ChrisKnightfilm) November 5, 2013
— Toby Fowlow (@Tobes_McGobes) November 5, 2013