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.
This is not the onion. 1) Senators use "talking sticks" 2) One Senator got so angry they threw the talking stick 3)… https://t.co/e06jmjSalK— Irvin McCullough (@Irvin McCullough)1516657911.0
"Sounds like 'Lord of the Flies' down there," Newsweek's Gersh Kuntzman noted.
Sounds like "Lord of the Flies" down there. https://t.co/cLw4xVh5kO— Gersh Kuntzman (@Gersh Kuntzman)1516657327.0
Check out the best responses below.
In a scene straight out of @VeepHBO, Senators used a talking stick during negotiations on ending the shutdown, but… https://t.co/Ktx6NLbjVT— Alice Miranda Ollstein (@Alice Miranda Ollstein)1516658349.0
Lamar threw a “talking stick” at Mark Warner during the dealmaker caucus meeting, almost shattering Susan Collins’… https://t.co/pmbWoxnLRc— Seung Min Kim (@Seung Min Kim)1516659257.0
This is why they used a talking *pillow* in Breaking Bad https://t.co/mM7lpgVOjh— KatherineHawkins (@KatherineHawkins)1516658443.0
wow. a glass elephant is an awesome metaphor for something... thoughts @gop? https://t.co/9N4io9i617— goodest talkie maker (@goodest talkie maker)1516660026.0
Our congressional leaders are acting like school children. https://t.co/MsiSE7K7w5— SKIRT (@SKIRT)1516659386.0
I believe I have found proof of Collins’ ill-fated glass elephant, may it rest in peace. https://t.co/snbr4Fk9Bt— Rafi Schwartz (@Rafi Schwartz)1516658878.0
It's all fun and games until someone breaks the glass elephant. @SenatorCollins @SenAngusKing #mepolitics https://t.co/NwuYH8JnJu— Pat Callaghan (@Pat Callaghan)1516660032.0
Someone make a "Susan Colllins' glass elephant" twitter feed ASAP https://t.co/WxbDlnpnsg— Jared Bennett (@Jared Bennett)1516660112.0
Wow. A talking stick is almost as unusual as a talking horse. https://t.co/VHW1p0ialx— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol)1516659187.0