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U.K. government roasted for tweeting picture of the wrong bridge

'Any misunderstanding is water under the bridge(s).'


David Gilmour


Posted on Dec 2, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 11:23 am CDT

The internet is an unforgiving place, a lesson that the U.K. government’s Foreign Office learned this week when it posted the following tweet to boast about Britain’s new bridge:

The bridge under construction is the Queensferry Crossing and is due to open behind schedule in May 2017. The bridge in the picture, however, is the Forth bridge—a Victorian railway crossing, now a UNESCO Heritage site.

The staff acknowledges in the tweet which bridge was in the picture. But with no Queensferry Crossing to be seen, the confused and amused Twitterati responded by trolling the FCO to hilarious effect.

As the mockery really got going, it seemed a competition had started between users who attempted to outdo one another with ‘pictures’ of the new Crossing.

In the end, the FCO staff responded to the classic internet banter in the best way possible, by joining in:

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*First Published: Dec 2, 2016, 1:58 pm CST