A little after 1:00 PM ET, some unimaginative hacker grabbed ahold of AP's Twitter account and posted this piece of obvious nonsense about a bombing at the White House:
Sure, when we conducted the operation against Osama bin Laden in the middle of Pakistan during the dead of night it wasn't surprising that just one guy was live tweeting the goings on. But if something as awful as the AP hack-tweet happened at the White House, it wouldn't be exclusive news. Everybody would know.
It's also true that AP usually capitalizes BREAKING in its tweets and probably would not have used the president's first name, but really the fact that Twitter hacks aren't all that unusual and that nobody else was reporting it was all the evidence one needed to know it was a hack. In fact, as strange as it sounds, a tweet saying the president had disappeared to Argentina where he was cavorting with an internet pen pal would have been vastly more credible.
Nonetheless, the stock market got wind of this fake news and took a brief dip of around three-quarters of a percentage point:
That all being said, things recovered—and as you'll see below the fold, we got at least a few pretty good jokes out of it.
Here's three of my favorites: