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10 Surprising Shutdown Side Effects

October 7, 2013

A dormant Federal government means no extinct T.rex bones. The Smithsonian Natural History Museum has postponed the arrival of "Wankel's Rex," a rare and nearly complete T.rex specimen. The October 11 move-in date has been pushed back to next April.

Less Obama care. Now only 15 staff members will attend to The White House and the Obama family, scaled down from their previous 90.

No ice cream for Congress!


No Panda Cam. The National Zoo cut the cam after Congress failed to pass a spending bill. The shutdown required The Smithsonian to "shutter many non-essential programs."

Slower streaming time on Netflix. Netflix's stock increased dramatically on the eve of the shutdown, offering a prediction of how people will spend their furlough time.

Fewer food trucks. DC food truck owners depend heavily on federal workers at L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle, the Navy Yard and near the State Department to stay in business.


Museum closures. The budget impasse prevents federally funded museums' "ability to raise even the private funds," and possibly even donations if the shutdown continues. Just this week, the National Gallery of Art turned away Greek Prime minister, Antonis Samaras.


Lowered gas prices. "There are less motorists on the roads, particularly in the Washington and Maryland areas."

Closed national parks means no rafting at the Grand Canyon.


Though the Mars Rover will not be tweeting, the launch of NASA's next Mars probe will be spared.

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