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The jokes came as quickly as the message did.
It finally happened–the “presidential alert” was sent to people’s cellphones, and of course, everyone began riffing on it.
The message, which read: “Presidential alert. THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” was sent around 1:18pm CT on Wednesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System was responsible for sending out the test.
The test was pretty mundane, but that didn’t stop people from reacting to the sudden burst of noise (or vibration) and a message from the government popping up on their phones.
Many people online were just not here for getting a presidential alert on their phone.
The whole nation is vibrating.
— Anti-Christ Quintana (@CQuintanaDC) October 3, 2018
Mine said TIRED OF ALL THE WINNING YET
— David Freedlander (@freedlander) October 3, 2018
No he would never abuse that alert thing, no way
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) October 3, 2018
Anyone else just have their phone buzz and display the words NO COLLUSION?
— Boris Kachka (@Borisk) October 3, 2018
— spooky gay tweets (@trashygaytweets) October 3, 2018
Oh hell no . I’m getting a flip phone pic.twitter.com/reUlCCfTD6
— CHEAPYXO (@SHOPCHEAPYXO) October 3, 2018
Others decided the best course of action was to replace the message with another message… or respond to it.
i feel i got a different text than everyone pic.twitter.com/38XOTbI65v
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 3, 2018
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) October 3, 2018
— Mark Stenquist (@markstenquist) October 3, 2018
anyone else get this one? pic.twitter.com/TknOT9zQYG
— Ben Rosen (@ben_rosen) October 3, 2018
— Matt wake up its christmas (@RealMailJeevas) October 3, 2018
Did everyone get this? pic.twitter.com/UurRByPc8l
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 3, 2018
Just be glad it wasn’t a message notifying you President Donald Trump just tweeted.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).