A new NBC/WSJ poll reveals that 63 percent of Americans think that if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling it would be a "serious problem." The other 37 percent presumably believe in magical fairies.
Twitter is testing breaking news direct messages. No word yet on if that means we get throwback-news thursdays.
Speaking of Twitter, AtlanticWire ranked the Republican shutdown hashtags. There are a shocking amount to choose from.
NPR has a useful graph breaking down exactly where our $16.8 trillion dollars in debt is owed:
Mother Jones' Tim McDonnell reports on a storm that killed tens of thousands of cows in South Dakota. Oh, and the shutdown also somehow managed to make that situation worse.
A video of 50 state stereotypes in two minutes is getting some spread:
The Oxford English Dictionary Editor says 'Hatewatch' and 'Bacne' may soon be officially added as 'words.'
And finally, because I always have to include a Sesame Street video: