Yay!  It’s Watercooler Wednesday, where the posts are loosely based around a theme, something to spark the imagination and get that community “water-cooler” feeling going.  We all need help getting over hump-day, after all.



You all know what this week’s theme is going to be:




In case you slept through it, or were too busy finding the cure for cancer to pay attention, the oh-so-smug-in-its-geological-superiority East Coast of the United States got smacked in the keester by Mother Nature with a 5.8-magnitude earthquake.  It lasted for about 40 seconds, and that was it.  Or was it?

photo via famousdc.com


Of course not!  Here at Watercooler Wednesday, we have to chat it up a bit.


Unexpected Benefits of the earthquake:

1.  It wasn’t your imagination.  That bookcase really was swaying back and forth.  You can defer the call to the psychiatrist.

2.  If you recognize quickly enough what it is before it’s over, you get to actually carry out those disaster instructions you were given as a kid, like standing in a doorway or crouching under a desk.  Super cool.

3.  The news media has something else to breathlessly report about all day besides Congress, Obama, and the Kardashian family.

4.  Geologists become a sought-after interview on t.v. and radio.  They’ll have to wait another hundred years before that happens again (at least on the East Coast).

5.  Friends and relatives on the West Coast contact you to see if you are okay and make sure you understand that they aren’t having an earthquake right now, HA!

6.  If you were at home, neighbors you rarely see join you outside and talk to you.  Of course, after “Was that really an earthquake?” the conversation soon gets repetitive, with accounts of:  a) what we were all doing when the quake happened; b) what we thought it was at first (truck, construction, bomb); and c) what we did when we knew what it was.  Note to self: try to do something interesting at all times in case it happens again.  Putting together Ikea furniture seems rather mundane.

Later, after we make a survey of our homes, we get to talk about what the damage was.  I lost a tomato.  Yes, it was very sad.

7.  You have a great excuse to waste time on get on Facebook and Twitter to check out everyone else’s reactions, see how far it was felt, contact your internet-hip friends/loved ones, and repeat #6, with folks sharing what they were doing at the time.  My favorite comes from writer friend Terri Scullen, who says she was lying half-naked on a treatment table, getting an acupuncture treatment.  Ouch.

8.  Then there are the  jokes:

from The Daily Beast


Some tweet jokes, collected by Christian Science Monitor and salon.com:

@TheTweetofGod:  There was just a 6.0 earthquake in DC. Obama wanted it to be 3.4, but the Republicans wanted 6.0, so he compromised.

@murphymike:  Bachmann out first with statement: as President she’ll lower quakes to 2.9…

@riptor:  my etch-a-sketch gallery! It’s RUINED!

Standard and Poors today downgraded the quake to 4.0.

@joshtpm:  BREAKING: Obama WH announces contingency planning for Locusts, Frogs, Potomac running red.


And then there’s:

Bill Haley’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” (thank you, Samuel Clemons!)

via naturalherbalreviews.com and spendfreely.blogspot.com

Shake and Bake

The Shake Weight









Did you experience the earthquake?  What are your impressions of the reactions on tv?  Have any jokes to share?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until the next aftershock,


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