Tim White

8 Things you CAN do with the Shutdown Over
8 Things you CAN do with the Shutdown Over

 The U.S. government shutdown is over, which means Americans can once again enjoy things like visiting national monuments and camping in national parks. Here are eight other things that are no longer off limits now that the 16-day shutdown has come to an end:

 

  • Watch the panda cam. The 24-hour stream that shows the giant pandas at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. resumed on Thursday.
  • Rest safe in the knowledge that deadly asteroids are being monitored. The Near Earth Object Office, which coordinates coordinates NASA’s efforts to detect and track potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that could approach Earth, is back in business.
  • Buy a lottery ticket in Washington D.C. and actually collect on it if you win. During the shutdown, people could still buy lottery tickets in the nation’s capital, but if they won there would be no payout until the stoppage ended.
  • Keep telemarketers from annoying you. The Federal Trade Commission website was down during the shutdown, so anyone hoping to sign up for the “National Do Not Call registry” to limit the number of telemarketing calls was out of luck until Thursday.
  • Get a flu shot. With the National Institute of Health now off hiatus, flu shots will once again be available just as everyone around you starts coughing and blowing their noses.
  • Adopt a pony. The Bureau of Land Managements’s wild horse and burro adoption program was on hold during the shutdown.
  • Get a small business loan. If you were waiting to get started on that great idea for a small business, you had to wait out the shutdown because most of the Small Business Administration was on furlough. That meant federally-backed loans had to wait until the shutdown ended before they could be approved.
  • Buy a winery. Winery permit processors, who were furloughed during the shutdown, are back to work.