U.S. Department of Agriculture techies created a "funding lapse" splash-page explaining to Americans that they can't visit the website because of the government shutdown.

"Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available," the page says. "We sincerely regret this inconvenience. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again."

It brings to mind the USDA official who instructed a subordinate not to figure out how to mitigate the disruptions that they expected would result from the spending cuts mandated by sequestration.

"[I]t is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be,” an unnamed official wrote in an email publicized by Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark.