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Sochi Problems: A Preview of the Winter Olympic Games in Russia

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The Internet loves a good fail story and both Sochi Problems and Sochi Fails are not failing to deliver.

After the highly touted $51 BILLION spent in renovating and revitalizing the city of Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, those arriving to the resort town are, well, surprised by what they're finding there.

Sochi Problems and Sochi Fails have garnered more followers in three days than the official Olympics accounts have since they were created.

Given the nature of the Tweets, is anyone expecting to see something like this for the Opening Ceremonies? Who volunteers as tribute??

Sochi Problems
This is what we speculate the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremonies may look like. Anyone want to volunteer as tribute?
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Sochi Problems Opening Ceremony

1. Sochi Problems Opening Ceremony

This is what we speculate the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremonies may look like. Anyone want to volunteer as tribute?


Sochi Problems Internet

2. Sochi Problems Internet

There's Wifi in Sochi! But you might be hacked as soon as you turn it on. Use at your own caution.


Sochi Hotel Room Picture

3. Sochi Hotel Room Picture

Journalists began arriving in Sochi to discover their rooms were decorated in Construcion Chic. This is the latest trend in home decor.


Sochi Hotel Hallway

4. Sochi Hotel Hallway

Journalists have taken to Twitter to share their experiences in Sochi. The good, the bad, and the unfinished hotels.


Sochi Hotel Tweet

5. Sochi Hotel Tweet

Apparently the hotels in Sochi don't have lobbies. Or the lobbies aren't completed yet. Or the hotels are really hostels, in which case, truth in advertising fail.


Sochi Problems Shower

6. Sochi Problems Shower

Showers in Sochi feature these lovely ground wires. At least that's what we're told these wires are.


Sochi Bathrooms

7. Sochi Bathrooms

In Sochi, you can wait for your turn on the throne AND stare down the person currently sitting on it. Perfect!


Sochi Dual Toilets

8. Sochi Dual Toilets

Two is better than one, right? This toilet setup completely eliminates that pesky problem of asking your neighbor to pass you a roll.


Skiers on Sochi Toilets

9. Skiers on Sochi Toilets

Every Sochi Olympian will have one of these photos as a souvenir from the games. Who needs a gold medal? This is bound to become a meme, right?


Sochi Toilet Seat

10. Sochi Toilet Seat

Hmmm. Something is wrong with this picture. We can't quite put our finger on it. Any ideas what the problem here might be?


Sochi Water Tweet

11. Sochi Water Tweet

There seems to be some trouble with the plumbing in Sochi. As in there isn't always water. And if there is, don't use it.


Sochi Water Picture

12. Sochi Water Picture

When there IS water, it might not look like water. And don't use it on your face. And probably don't drink it either. Yay vodka?


Sochi Stray Dogs

13. Sochi Stray Dogs

This mama dog doesn't care what you think about breastfeeding in public. Sochi stray dogs are part of the city's charm.


Sochi Street Paving

14. Sochi Street Paving

Sochi sidewalks were still being paved with only two days to go until the Olympics. Watch your step!


Sochi Problems Manhole

15. Sochi Problems Manhole

No manhole covers in Sochi? No problem! Just use a board. No one will notice!


Olympic Rings Fail

16. Olympic Rings Fail

During the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremonies, one of the Olympic rings failed to open. #SochiFail


Johnny Quinn Bathroom Door Pic

17. Johnny Quinn Bathroom Door Pic

Johnny Quinn, US Bobsled team member, couldn't get his bathroom door in Sochi to open. Let's just call him the Incredible Hulk from now on.


Bob Costas Pinkeye Photo

18. Bob Costas Pinkeye Photo

Bob Costas, Olympic primetime host, has pinkeye in both of his eyes while in Sochi. Matt Lauer will fill in for him tonight.


Maybe today's opening ceremonies will be the grand unveiling of Sochi which will begin correcting the stream of sometimes funny and sometimes inane things being reported from the city ahead of the games.

Like being hacked within minutes of turning on phones or computers. No water in hotel rooms. Or handles on the doors. Or lightbulbs.

What about the rumored half-naked Putin pictures in every hotel room?

None of that even touches the bizarre toilet situation in Sochi. Need a roll of toilet paper? Your toilet neighbor has you covered if you can't reach it yourself. 

Tandem toilets are apparently a thing. A thing that many just cannot understand. And for good reason. Tandem toilets are kind of...well...the opposite of private.

So in honor of the Winter Olympics, and in hopes that we'll soon see hugely positive things coming out of Russia, here are some of the Internet's most odd images from Sochi. 

Some are calling these tweets about the accommodations in Sochi privileged shows of entitlement on the behalf of journalists. Some are just calling them funny. In some cases, the recency of the photos cannot be determined, so maybe things really DO look better over there than the Internet currently believes. 

Either way, Sochi Problems is quite the meme.

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