Washington - "Uh, it's like a massive asteroid suddenly materializing on Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes, Mr President," the curator of the NASA's Jet Convulsion Laboratory said today at a top secret conference about the US going bust.
Professor Eustace Hadwrong-Collida was explaining in astrophysics terms how this Friday's eclipsed Hunter's Moon could affect the impasse in the nation's debt mess.
The analogy was immediately nodded through by White House staffers as a clear reference to the trillion-dollar Sistine Chapel commission undertaken by Michelangelo in 1508.
The fabled Italian painter's magnum opus virtually bankrupted three generations of popes who clung on for dear life... until bailed out by the Borgias. [Don't ask!]
Conference then heard how the Professor had come to his dire conclusion after mulling what he called 'a horrible hunch' among NASA backroom who boys monitor the effects of lunar gravitational pull on the NASDAQ and other shit.
Expect the worst to start around 7pm Friday night.