However, Tumblr did give me a great laugh with this error message:
And with that laugh, I gave them a bit of a break and went to do something else for a few minutes before checking back.
Lesson - if you have a technical problem, at least try to amuse people with your error message...
(And just a minute or two later my Tumblr site was responding again.)
UPDATE: My colleague Justin Dupree pointed out the origin of the Tumbeasts, as did someone named Daniel (nice name!) as a comment to this post. Thanks to both Justin and Daniel for pointing out the origin!
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