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Gmail down: The 10 funniest tweets

Gmail crashed briefly on Monday, but Twitter was going strong with wry humor about the outage. 

By / December 10, 2012

As Tweeted by Matthew Key's of Reuters, a Penguin reenacts Monday's Gmail outage.

Gmail, along with Google Drive and Google Calendar, went dark briefly at about noon on Monday, and Twitter became quickly overrun with tips on alternative methods, speculations about the Mayan apocalypse, schadenfreude from Outlook users, and, most of all, wisecracks. Here are our 10 favorite tweets from the Great Gmail Outage of 2012:  

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Matthew Keys ‏@TheMatthewKeys Penguins re-enact Gmail's outage [see video above].

The Onion ‏@TheOnion[In Focus] Google Shuts Down Gmail To Show Its Immense Power 

Chris _ _ Richards ‏@Chris__RichardsGmail is down. Go have lunch with somebody you care about.

Stay Puft ‏@StayPuftThere is no Gmail. Only Zuul. [Editor's note, if you don't get this one, then you haven't seen Ghostbusters enough times.]

Indecision ‏@indecisionAnyone else scared that if gmail continues being down, they'll have to actually speak to their coworkers?

Matt Yglesias ‏@mattyglesiasGmail outage is a great time to catch up on your LinkedIn messages.

Garrett Quinn ‏@GarrettQuinnKarl Rove is still insisting GMail is not down in Ohio.

Fake MTA @FakeMTA: The G train enjoyed a rare moment of working slightly better than Gmail.

Downtown Josh Brown ‏@ReformedBroker I lived with no heat or power in the dead of winter for 12 days. But I am heartbroken about your temporary gmail outage.

Comedy Central ‏@ComedyCentral: We can tell Gmail is down because we just got a smoke signal from a Nigerian prince.

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