A San Diego firefighter moves to douse the garbage fire. The cause of the blaze is as yet unknown, but it’s probably something to do sexual harassment or national politics, or both.
  • A San Diego firefighter moves to douse the garbage fire. The cause of the blaze is as yet unknown, but it’s probably something to do sexual harassment or national politics, or both.
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NO, NOT REALLY - From the judges’ comments: “San Diego is not a city known for grand idiomatic gestures, so it was a welcome surprise to see it stage an actual garbage fire in a year when so many disastrous things have been described in that manner. Points also for submitting the same situation as a Hot Mess; it’s a bit dated, but it shows a depth of cultural awareness to be able to call the same situation by two metaphorically resonant and yet literal names. Only in a year when there was an actual nuclear summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un could something this good finish second.”

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