So it's all over - the long-awaited Scottish Independence TV debate drew to a close with both sides claiming their man had performed the best.
Obviously some people had better things to do.
I'd watch tonight's Salmond vs Darling debate, but unfortunately I've got to rank every grain of flour in a 1kg packet by size and texture.— David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley) August 5, 2014
Others appeared to be of the mind it was far from a political event.
Salmond and Darling. Sounds like an ITV drama about two elderly actors who also solve curious cases of missing shrubs in Whitstable.— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) August 5, 2014
Despite the scepticism it started. Well kind of.
That's right, the only online broadcaster of the debate failed to broadcast (you can see how well people took that here).
The STV Player appears to be voting No.August 5, 2014
Rumours of the implications resounded...
If Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling debate, but no one outside of Scotland hears. Did they make a sound?— Ned Simons (@nedsimons) August 5, 2014
And solutions were forwarded.
Thanks for all the suggestions about how to watch the debate. The easiest thing to do was to move to Scotland.August 5, 2014
But others found ways to watch and the full glorious Technicolor of the event was revealed.
Finally got STV after 10 minutes in. Stage is covered in blood: Salmond naked but for a kilt; Darling just turned the gun on himself.— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) August 5, 2014
Not really, it was a much more mundane affair.
Alastair Darling: "Just say no...to having matching hair and eyebrows"— Alan Machnik (@Alan_Machnik) August 5, 2014
Darling got off to a shaky start.
If anyone is struggling to sleep at the minute, Alastair Darling is on TV and will put you sound to sleep.— Short Com (@ShortCom1) August 5, 2014
While other's minds began to wander.
Anyone ever seen Alistair Darling and Robert Kiltoy-Silk in the same room? #ScotDecides— Elaine Malcolmson (@emalcolmson) August 5, 2014
While others simply made the most of it.
Playing the 'Best of both worlds' drinking game. Alastair Darling is getting me quite tipsy. #ScotDecides— Alex Boyd (@AlexBoyd) August 5, 2014
Some questioned Salmond's methods.
If Alex Salmond answered every question by simply holding up a picture of David Cameron and pointing at it, he'd win easily.— Alan Machnik (@Alan_Machnik) August 5, 2014
But then Salmond floundered.
The pressure was showing.
Jesus, look at the sweat on Salmonds top lip - imagine the state of his arse crack. Then again, don't. #ScotDecides— Mr Rapson (@ScottProperMag) August 5, 2014
Others chipped in to help.
I'd love it if Plan B was in the audience and asks the next question. #ScotDecides— Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann) August 5, 2014
Jeez. Where was Darling's soaring talent for sneery brutality when he spent 100yrs in government? This is awesome. #ScotDecides— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) August 5, 2014
Then someone asked Salmond a question in such hushed yet scathing the entire audience winced.
Then pandas made an appearance for some reason.
Online polling reveals FM well ahead among crucial alien pandas driving on the right constituency #ScotDecides— World News Scotland (@TWNFS) August 5, 2014
But the question still remained.
Despite the excitement though, many remained deeply confused about true nature of the event.
#ScotDecides - when are they going to strip to their semmits & wrestle?— Susie M (@wrathofgod) August 5, 2014
I'm betting neither of these two makes it to judges houses #ScotDecides— Andy Gilderdale (@AndyGilder) August 5, 2014
I'm voting Bernard. There I've said it #ScotDecides— Sarah Watson (@gicfsarah) August 5, 2014
I'm a YES voter. Yes to the Krankies, no to John Barrowman. IT'S A NO BRAINER.— lucy sweet (@lucytweet1) August 5, 2014
Did i just actually turn on the Monty Python 5 minute argument sketch by mistake? #ScotDecides— Roddy Elliott (@galleonskip) August 5, 2014
And the question on everyone's lips was...
What time are they bringing the Scottie dogs out? #ScotDecides— Patrick McPartlin (@p_mcpartlin) August 5, 2014
At this point people were noticing just how long the debate was.
The population has certainly aged during this debate. #ScotsDecide— Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann) August 5, 2014
And other still, remained very confused.
I still think Brazil can win this. #ScotDecides— Dan Rebellato (@DanRebellato) August 5, 2014
At the end there was of course, a definitive result.
Missed most of the debate, so I'm glad I have Twitter to give an unbiased summary. Glad to see that both sides won hands down. #ScotDecides— Andrew Smith (@andrew_graeme) August 5, 2014
But some people just got on with their lives.Suggest a correction