The US economy seems a long way away but several times this week I’ve come across messages such as this one from the front page of PubMed (a massive database of life science articles and, as a leading bibliographic resource, essential to some of the work I do helping colleagues provide links to their publications):
PubMed is open, however it is being maintained with minimal staffing due to the lapse in government funding. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries. For updates regarding government operating status see USA.gov.
Not so far away after all then! Kudos to this amusing letter from XKCD:
If you don’t get it, then at least you can rest content in knowing that you’ve passed the test to show that you aren’t a nerd!