Outlook

Shorter than the shutdown: A war, a moon mission and wombat pregnancies

Parts of the federal government closed at midnight on Dec. 22 after Congress and President Trump failed to reach an agreement to fund some agencies’ operations because of Trump’s insistence on spending billions for a border wall. By Sunday, the partial shutdown will have lasted 30 days — the longest in U.S. history. But the previous shutdowns aren’t the only things this impasse has outlasted. Here are some other events that were over sooner.

The 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria

Time: Six days

It’s known as the Six-Day War.

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The Iditarod dog sled race

Time: Between eight and 15 days

The annual race covers nearly 1,000 miles between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska, often through blizzard conditions.

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Anthony Scaramucci’s tenure as White House communications director

Time: 11 days

Trump hired him on July 21, 2017, and pushed him out on July 31. It was the shortest tenure of any White House communications director in history.

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The Apollo 11 mission to the moon

Time: Eight days

The first astronauts to walk on the moon left Earth on July 16, 1969, and returned on July 24.

The month of February

Time: 28 days

In presidential election years, though, it’s 29 days.

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The gestational period of a wombat

Time: 20 to 22 days

Baby wombats, called “joeys,” are the size of a jelly bean at birth. They continue to grow in their mother’s pouch for eight more months.

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The initial construction of the Berlin Wall

Time: One day

A barbed-wire fence went up just before midnight on Aug. 13, 1961, known as “Barbed Wire Sunday” in Germany. Concrete slabs replaced it within weeks.

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The shoot for John Carpenter’s 1978 horror movie, “Halloween”

Time: 20 days

It was made for about $320,000 that May.

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England’s shortest monarchy

Time: Nine days

Lady Jane Grey reigned from July 10 to July 19, 1553, though her claim to the throne was disputed.

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The circumnavigation of the globe by the German airship Graf Zeppelin

Time: 21 days

U.S. newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst paid $200,000 for the exclusive media rights to the flight in 1929.

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Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra’s marriage

Time: Nine days

They got married in Las Vegas at 7 a.m. on Nov. 14, 1998. Rodman filed a two-page request for an annulment soon after. His lawyer said they hadn’t seen each other since the wedding day.

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Time on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for “Baby Shark”

Time: Ten days (and counting?)

Doo doo doo doo doo doo.

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