The craziness of #Sochi2014

From gay rights to shocking living conditions, everyone's talking about the Winter Olympics.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics games wallpaper. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Never before have the Winter Olympics received so much attention. They are usually a mere blip in the corner of our consciousness.

But this year is different.

From gay rights to shocking living conditions, everyone is talking about Sochi. And as usual, social media humourists are on the ball.

Hashtags trending on Twitter include #SochiProblems and #SochiFail, plus accounts like @SochiProblems and 'What Sochi Problems?' ( @MoreSochiProbs) are keeping everyone amused.

But the best tweets are coming from people (Olympians, journos etc) who are actually on the ground.

First there were the bathroom issues:

Well that's interesting... Sochi rules in the bathrooms!! #haha #olympics pic.twitter.com/xacSVimwXY

People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It's this. Without question ... it's ... THIS. pic.twitter.com/1jj05FNdCP

So far my favourite thing about the Sochi games are their double toilets! #sochi2014 #Olympics #fail pic.twitter.com/3KkHje1LIS

And you've got to love tweets that tell a story, even if it is disturbing:

My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014

Water restored, sorta. On the bright side, I now know what very dangerous face water looks like. #Sochi #unfiltered pic.twitter.com/sQWM0vYtyz

And then there's the no-star accommodation:

The reception of our hotel in #Sochi has no floor. But it does have this welcoming picture. pic.twitter.com/8isdoBuytl

To anyone in Sochi: I am now in possession of three light bulbs. Will trade for a door handle. This offer is real: pic.twitter.com/7AeesqDi8Y

In my Sochi hotel. You're welcome to pop by and sit forlornly in my Chairs of Desolation. pic.twitter.com/msoqXAIcj4

This is the one hotel room @Sochi2014 have given us so far. Shambles. #cnnsochi pic.twitter.com/RTjEkmyan3

Of course, as we've come to expect, not all the tweets out there are truthful - some have been especially created for entertainment (read: mischievous) purposes. But with everything really going on, it's a bit hard to tell.

This picture below, for example, turns out to be an old photo of the city:

Welcome to Soch...eeeee. #SochiProblems #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/R4OuJJM5Ze

Click here for more debunked pics which are not actually from the Games.

If you missed Canada's gay rights contribution, check out the video below: