5 quirkiest government shutdowns

A few unusual casualties have emerged as Congress struggles to resolve its budget woes.

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Since Tuesday, the federal government's shutdown has sent more than 800,000 federal workers home without pay. Essential services are up and running, but things like national parks are closed; back office workers and marine biologists have been sent home as Congress continues its standoff.

There's no denying this shutdown is serious; it could cost the economy billions of dollars, depending how long it lasts and when Congress resolves its budget plans.

For now, at least, some quirky casualties of the shutdown have emerged: Most of us have heard the beloved panda cam at the National Zoo is down; the closely watched monthly jobs report that was supposed to be released Friday will now be delayed. Here are a few more:

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 02 2013 11:53 AM ET
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