COVID-19 Comic Relief

Yes, COVID-19 is a serious matter. People are suffering on multiple levels and some are even dying.

But, it’s human nature to often laugh in the face of adversity. Some won’t see the humor because they are going through a really tough time and they’re not likely to look for humor. But, maybe they are. I know I would be, but I’m weird like that.

Plus, there are a lot of people who are struggling to cope with situations they’d never thought they’s have to face in their lifetime. Some express their bewilderment and frustration by choosing to laugh at it. I join them with enthusiasm and a hunger for relief from the constant bombardment of terrible news.

I give you . . . my COVIC-19 comic relief in the form of accumulated graphics and videos that made me laugh. We begin with cats; everyone loves cats, right?

One thing . . . I get these from various sources. If you are the owner of any of them and wish for me to remove them, just let me know.  Anyway, on with the show . . .

The above addresses the shelter-in-place orders of many communities . . . people remaining home have prompted a number of potentially humorous consequences, some immediate . . .

. . . and some projected into the future . . .

. . . and the return of “the parent haircut” . . .

Many people now working from home struggle to keep some sense of normalcy to their new lives . . .

Let’s face it . . .

. . . and many would like to . . .

One of the constant battle everyone is facing is . . . the quest for toilet paper.

We recently broke our quarantine and went to Sam’s for some fresh vegetables and fruits. (Yes, we stayed away from everyone, used an app to check out, used gloves while shopping, and wiped everything down once home.)

And, guess what? They had toilet paper, but only one package per customer. No, we didn’t buy any but it would have been nice if stores would have instituted that rule a number of weeks ago.

But, many places (probably more populated places) are facing shortages of all manner of items, and yes, even toilet paper.

I’m not sure how soon the country will be faced with resorting to second-hand or even third-hand toilet paper (I hope never) but the subject is ripe for humorous takes . . .

You’re looking at stuff that made me laugh . . . like this next one:

Now, I mentioned videos . . . some of the videos are pretty clever and funny. If you can, go to YouTube and give them a “like” in support of their efforts.

Mind you, I often post videos and soon after the links cease to work. Everything I link below was working at the time I posted this video.

I’m only going to link music videos, but you can find all manner of videos dealing with ways to get around the (perceived) toilet paper shortages, everything from making your own bidet, to using paper towels, and even how to double your toilet paper stash . . .

OK, I lied . . . that’s not a music video . . . and neither is this next video explaining how a Johnny Carson joke sparked a toilet paper buying panic way back in the 70s . . .

But, let me get back to the subject of music videos . . . do you like country/bluegrass music? Do you like instructions about TP substitutes? Well, this next video is for you.

If you would like a more rocky take . . .

. . . and . . .

The older crowd might like Neil Diamond’s take (yes, the Neil Diamond. . . I didn’t know he was still alive, but then, I’m also alive, so I shouldn’t be too surprised) . . .

As the first comment states, he missed calling the song Sweet Quarantine.

I also like this take even though I don’t like the original song . . .

Now, stepping it down in loudness, here’s a guy with a number of songs (again, go to his channel and give him a few likes) . . .

. . . first a Billy Joel parody . . .

Then, a couple of songs about being home. The first is about general things one could do . . .

. . . and one about homeschooling seat to “Beat It” . . .

But, my favorite of his parodies is the Beatle’s Yesterday . . .

Now, anyone can do a search for parodies and you get a bunch of them . . . I’m not saying the ones in this post are the best. They’re just the ones that crossed my path and amused me for a few minutes.

Feel free to link the ones you liked in the comments.

Oh, wait one more . . .

OK, one note of seriousness about something people might not have thought about . . . modern sewer systems are marvels at processing crap, but they’re not designed for processing an endless supply of supposedly flushable wipes, cut-up old t-shirts, paper towels, or other stuff that ends up clogging filters and pumps.

Be smart people . . . if you truly, really, for sure are out of toilet paper, don’t flush whatever you’re substituting down the toilet . . . because it just might back-up on you, and then, being out of toilet paper will be the least of your sanitary problems. If you have to, take a lesson from your dog and go wipe your butt out on the lawn.

The above videos reflect a frustration felt by many and whenever the thought crosses my mind as to whether it’s really necessary to suffer through all we’re going through, there’s a quote I  like and keep in mind:

“EVERYTHING WE DO BEFORE A PANDEMIC WILL SEEM ALARMIST. EVERYTHING WE DO AFTER WILL SEEM INADEQUATE”

– Michael Leavitt

The true frustration is that if we do everything right and it ends up not being that bad, there will be many, many idiots who will say “See? It was no big deal! It was all a scam!”

Instead, you should think of this as a dress rehearsal for what’s eventually coming . . . a true superbug that is far deadlier and faster and awful than this one.

I hope we learn something from all this, but, knowing my fellow humans, I don’t think we will. If you don’t know the story, look up the boiling frog metaphor . . . and remember we are the frog.

I hate to end on a downer, so . . .

OK, OK, that’s not funny (but it is) . . . how about we end by watching Stella and wishing we were her?

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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