With the Supreme Court separated due to the global pandemic, history was made with the first live-streamed oral arguments.
However the SCOTUS was not immune to the foibles many others working from home have faced.
While the arguments were being delivered, a toilet could be heard flushing in the background.
LISTEN: Toilet flush during U.S. Supreme Court oral argument (h/t @nicninh) https://t.co/He3QGMzvJI— Jeremy Art (@Jeremy Art) 1588783706.0
It certainly sounded like one of the justices took a small potty break during the trial.
Why not, when they're working from home?
@skramer00 I had to do a double take because I thought SURELY NOT 😂— quarantiff (@quarantiff) 1588783551.0
@BLaw Twitter appears to be blowing up over this. And they thought Plessy v. Ferguson or Marbury v. Madison were seminal moments for #SCOTUS— Jeff Harrington (@Jeff Harrington) 1588784936.0
Twitter couldn't help but joke about the historic flush heard round the world.
The sound of the toilet flushing during Supreme Court arguments is so loud that I have to believe the culprit was I… https://t.co/nt4GTNYMDM— Mark Joseph Stern (@Mark Joseph Stern) 1588784786.0
A Little humor, #toilet flush during #SCOTUS arg. Guess someone didn't know #technology very well about muting th… https://t.co/z1viXSsvGQ— Linda Kenney Baden (she/her) (@Linda Kenney Baden (she/her)) 1588784823.0
You think your day is bad? At least you weren't the person who flushed a toilet during the SCOTUS oral arguments.— Jena Sturgis (@Jena Sturgis) 1588784812.0
No doubt the flush will be remembered by posterity.
@cspanJeremy @nicninh I hope this is written into the transcript.— AltHomelandSecurity🇺🇸 (@AltHomelandSecurity🇺🇸) 1588783879.0
@cspanJeremy @nicninh We could really increase attention from the public if Justices would use this as their signal for a bad argument.— Mike Murphy (@Mike Murphy) 1588784151.0
Could the flushing justice have been trying to send a message?
To be clear, the @FCC does not construe the flushing of a toilet immediately after counsel said "what the FCC has s… https://t.co/SBQ30D6un3— Ajit Pai (@Ajit Pai) 1588785567.0
Everyone who wasn't watching the Supreme Court proceedings wished they had been.
And now the investigation has begun to determine who exactly was the rogue toilet flusher?
I'm creating a 9-part docudrama to get to the bottom of which justice flushed the toilet during SCOTUS args today.… https://t.co/0K61sVhnmw— Brad Romance (@Brad Romance) 1588789519.0
Putting aside the obvious humor of the toilet flush, the Supreme Court is continuing to make historic decisions remotely.
Today's SCOTUS hearing was historic not only because RBG spoke from the hospital, or because it was livestreamed, o… https://t.co/UvgBYnYy6m— Ema O'Connor (@Ema O'Connor) 1588790710.0
None of us will ever forget the fateful day a toilet weighed in on a Supreme Court case.