A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 01, 2013
Shut Happens (shut + shit happens)

"Shut happens” (shut + shit happens) is a popular sign on closed businesses. The sign has bee cited in print since at least 2006.

In October 2013, “Shut Happens” was used to describe the shutdown of the U.S. federal government.

Other shutdown terms include “shutdown theater” and “shutstorm.”


Wikipedia: Shit happens
“Shit happens” is a common slang phrase, used as a simple existential observation that life is full of imperfections and unforeseeable events, either “Así es la vida” or “C’est la vie”. The phrase is an acknowledgment that bad things happen to people for no particular reason. Phrases with similar meaning are such as “stuff happens” or “it happens” and are considered minced oath forms. In the October 14, 1941 episode of the long-running radio show Vic and Sade, “Vic Declines a Cornet Lesson,” Sade remarks wearily, “Stuff happens, don’t it? Stuff happens.”

The origin or earliest use of the phrase is uncertain. In a review of The Yale Book of Quotations (2006) by Fred Shapiro, The New Yorker critic Louis Menand observed that it was “extremely interesting to know, for instance, that the phrase ‘Shit happens’ was introduced to print by one Connie Eble, in a publication identified as UNC–CH Slang (presumably the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), in 1983.”

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SHUT HAPPENS
yuki*
Member since 2004
Taken on February 13, 2006

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Sohail Anjum
‏@sohailanjum
http://twitpic.com/2s1fm Just as the sign says SHUT HAPPENS grin
1:53 PM - 3 Apr 09

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Henry Maddocks
‏@henry_maddocks
Shut happens. Seen in a kiwi store, bro.  http://twitpic.com/c21p7 (via @terrencewood)
2:24 PM - 29 Jul 09

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yuki meursault
‏@yukilogue
SHUT HAPPENS : 4 years ago, today. I still love that sign grin I took this after Paddy Milner’s gig (I guess).  http://flic.kr/p/9MGLc
6:01 AM - 13 Feb 10

drinkswellwithothers
Government to People: Shut Happens
April 9, 2011
All that government shut down talk had me confused. I was under the impression that in order to shut down, you had to be open for business in the first place. Did they skip a chapter or two in Washington?

Zero Hedge
Shut Happens
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/30/2013 23:59 -0400
It’s 12:01am, do you know where your government is?
*WHITE HOUSE BUDGET OFFICE DIRECTS AGENCIES TO BEGIN SHUTDOWN
*U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN FOR FIRST TIME IN 17 YEARS

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Tuesday, October 01, 2013 • Permalink