The Internet Is Freaking Out About the NYSE Shutdown and It’s Hilarious

The internet is—of course—having a lovely old time.


Trading was halted on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday because of an apparent computer error. We don’t have all the answers just yet (the NYSE itself has said it isn’t the result of a cyber-attack, but is still investigating.)

In the meantime, the Internet is doing what it does best when there are no answers: posting darkly playful videos and photos playing on imminent global panic. Here are some of my favorites so far:

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