With a government shutdown looming, and thousands of federal employees facing forced (unpaid) time off work, it's hard to have a sense of humor. Luckily, Twitter is here to inject a bit of laughter into an otherwise unfunny situation with #shutdownpickuplines.

Here are 16 of our favorite government shutdown pickup lines -- who knew there were so many jokes to be made with the word "furlough"?


  1. Jennifer L. Pozner
    Hey girl, I'm not a doctor and you don't have health care...but I'll check you out any time.

  2. Jennifer Mendelsohn
    Where have you been sequestered all my life?

  3. Sara Lang
    Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I'm on furlough, so call me, maybe?

  4. Ari Melber
    Unlike some branches of government, I will always listen to you.

  5. Jesse Berney
    NASA is losing 97% of its funding, and I'm losing 97% of my inhibitions.

  6. cassandra
    The library is closing, mind if I check you out instead...

  7. Angie Robertson
    Hey girl, I've got a budget to spend by midnight, and we're both off work tomorrow.

  8. Tyler
    You should furlough that zero and appropriate this hero.

  9. Aaron Cynic
    Congress might be closed, but we can always have a caucus at my place.

  10. Erik Burkhart
    Do you work for the government? Because you shut. it. down.

  11. Matt Vasilogambros
    Baby, I let the government shut down, so I could spend the whole day with you

  12. Le Petit Sasshole
    You down for some Fore-Score Play at the Lincoln Memorial? It's unguarded.

  13. Anna Tauzin
    Let's go back to your House.

  14. Brett Frazer
    Hey girl, how about we just lay furlough tonight and watch reruns of The West Wing.

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