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Chinese rocket crashes to Earth, brings payload of jokes and memes

It didn't hit us, so it's OK to make jokes about it, right? Right?

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Cloudy with a chance of rocket.

It might seem odd to find humor in an out-of-control Chinese rocket that slammed into Earth, but welcome to the internet. Debris from the discarded body of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket reentered Earth's atmosphere Saturday night, falling just west of the Maldives. Naturally, both before and after the crash, social media passed the time with jokes and memes.

What's in the weather forecast? "Partly cloudy with a chance of #ChineseRocket as we head into the morning."

Some familiar memes naturally were repurposed for the purpose.

Some people really saw the rocket pass by, and some ... well, didn't.

And before it fell, there was plenty of wondering about where exactly the rocket would crash. "Honestly if this #ChineseRocket doesn't land on me, I'm going to be disappointed," wrote one Twitter user.

Was it Tom Petty that sang, "the waiting is the hardest part"?

And once the rocket made its appearance, a fresh crop of jokes hit social media. "We were on the edge all day for the Chinese Rocket to end up landing in the Indian Ocean," said one Twitter user."