Internet loses it after senator throws designated 'talking stick' in meeting — and breaks a glass elephant
A Swarovski crystal elephant (left, via Amazon) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME, right, via Creative Commons).

On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins' (R-ME) plan to have colleagues use a designated "talking stick" to ensure they take turns speaking while trying to broker a shutdown deal backfired when one of the senators broke a glass elephant heirloom with the stick.


After Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) "forcefully delivered" the stick to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) across the room, a glass elephant sitting on a shelf was chipped, the only "injury" of the incident, CNN reported.

Upon learning the strange incident, Twitter did what it does best — exploded with jokes.

"This is not The Onion," whistleblower specialist Irvin McCullough tweeted.

"Sounds like 'Lord of the Flies' down there," Newsweek's Gersh Kuntzman noted.

Check out the best responses below.