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The Jokes About the Presidential Alert Message Today Are Just As Good As You’d Expect

If you, like hundreds of millions of other Americans with a cell phone, received a weird and alarmingly loud Presidential Alert message at 2:18pm ET on Wednesday, you may have wondered why the heck the president is texting you. The answer, as it turns out, is to test out a new nationwide alert system that could theoretically be used to address a countrywide crisis down the road. And since it's 2018, that means plenty took to social media to vent their thoughts, frustrations, and of course, riff on a newly minted meme. 

Here are some of our favorite reactions so far:

In tumultuous times like these, it's nice to know we can all still come together once and a while to laugh at new memes. 

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Joe McGauley is a senior writer for Thrillist. Follow him @jwmcgauley.