The Best Citizen Responses to the Government’s Public Temper Tantrum

A shutdown is as good a time as any to mock Congress

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The countdown is over, the government shutdown has begun, and so have citizens’ and pundits’ snarky responses. Here are some that are trending so far.

The inevitable House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) parody of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”


The hashtag #GovernmentShutdownPickupLines is still going strong


Furloughed workers can get a free small popcorn at AMC movie theaters


They’re also parking themselves outside closed museums and taking tourists around to see open attractions as part of the “Federal Worker’s Guide to Shutdown D.C.”


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Tourists from France sit on the steps outside the closed Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, October 1, 2013.

The New York Daily News made a House of Cards joke. Would Rep. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) have let this happen?

The Washington Post just said what everyone is feeling

Furloughed workers in DC can enjoy a West Wing marathon at this local synagogue

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…Or just stay home and download Grand Theft Auto Online‘s multiplayer update, conveniently released today, so you can play with fellow furloughed workers 

What the Government is really doing during their shutdown.

Twitter users are asking the important questions, like 


The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters weighs in on this sticky situation

A reminder that this is not just something that happens on TV, courtesy of a former White House speechwriter

And a reminder that the new health insurance marketplace is now open, courtesy of Cinnabon (and irony)

This article was updated on Oct. 2 to reflect more memes.