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The Dow's Dive - Your Reactions

Reporters learn early on that they're not supposed to ask, "How did it feel?" The answer is usually, "How do you THINK it felt?"

I'm asking anyhow.

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How did Thursday's market mayhem feel to you? What was it like to watch something so crazy?

For me, it was both frightening and exciting.

And educational.

I learned the phrase "Co-location osmosis", which I thought was a digestive disorder.

Now I know it only causes one, the kind that had traders reaching for Pampers as P&G stock went down the toilet .

But for one group of people shorting the market, this was perhaps the most jubilant moment ever. Check out this hilarious video...things get good about a minute 20 in.

Then came the relieved laughter as the market started to recover and many investors realized it was a GOOD THING THEY COULDN'T COMPLETE ANY TRADES at the bottom of the cycle. ?

When word came out that the crisis may have been caused by someone typing "b" for billion instead of "m" for million, colleague Kevin Goldman quipped: "What a boron". Someone responded that the responsible party should be Mitch slapped. And Matt Nesto's sister (Batt Nesto?) wrote him, ''Just watched Cramer on with Batt Lauer.. oops finger slip.. I meant Matt...''

Mrilliant!

Easy to laugh now. It wasn't so easy to laugh then.

Here are how some people on Twitter described those 15 minutes to me at Twitter .

@TodayTrader: "Like being handcuffed in the backseat of a speeding car with a lunatic chimpanzee driving on a mountain road!"

@otterom: "Glad I'm only on the first floor."

@j2lovesfriday: "Yesterday felt like watching 'War Games' for real...Machines rule!"

@aileenmarkowsky: "I will not sell $AAPL I will not sell $AAPL I will not sell $AAPL Thank you $VIX calls Thank you $GLD calls."

@IamTay: "Watching the Mkt dive? 'Can I log on fast to enuf to hit the keyboards to grab at these prices?!' like 'SALE!!!'"

@onehandman: "Went 2 CNBC and 1st thought was: how much Valium did Cramer take? He's leaned back saying: the machines failed, MACHINES FAAAIILL."

@AndyMaddocks: "Thoughts during mkt plunge: 1st, 'Glad I read Taleb's stuff'; then thought, new CNBC Reality Show: 'Fat-Fingered Tony the Trader'"

@HellNoYouDidn't: "Under Obama, I know this country is going to be run into oblivion, I just didn't think May 6, 2010 was going to be the day."

@dkneupper had this "news": BREAKING: "SEC cites National Day of Prayer as likely cause of Flash Crash. 'Main St. does not like Wall St., and they tried something new.'"

And @DeeRaz says it felt like this (warning, painful ):

How did it feel to you? Leave your comment below.