Coronavirus: The Bizarre and Funny in the News
Schools closed. Businesses closed. Blood banks closed. Social distancing. Self-isolation. Quarantines. Hoard shopping. Shortages of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and screening/surgical masks. By now all these things are familiar to each and every one of us. In the space of just a few weeks these situations have turned into an ordinary part of daily life, all thanks to coronavirus (or the Covid-19 virus, if you prefer). While data reveals the people most vulnerable to this disease are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, we are reminded constantly it remains a lurking danger for everyone. It is a worldwide pandemic, we are told, one from which all of us are in immediate risk of catching and falling over dead.
It doesn't seem to make a difference that statistics show more people die every day in vehicular accidents or succumb annually from the flu. This is likely due to the way the media has handled it. By this, I mean the non-stop, unrelenting 24/7 news coverage. One cannot pick up a newspaper, turn on a television or tune into a radio station that we are not bombarded with a reminder from some public service announcement, disease expert or social commentator rattling on about coronavirus. While it may seem the most natural response for humans to be grateful when attention is allotted to any contagious disease, there comes a time when too much is simply too much - when all the dark and ominous talk just exacerbates anxieties and makes people feel helpless.
Taking statistics into consideration, I tend to feel the Coronavirus situation is not as dire as the media presents, but rather one in which the public has received (and is still receiving) a whopping dose of manufactured hysteria. Now you can disagree, and it may turn out I'm nothing but a cynic. However, chances are you're fed up with all the grimly serious daily, hourly, and in some cases, by-minute reminders of this virus, right? And you'd probably appreciate something to laugh at about now, yes? If so, look no further than the same news outlets that have contributed so ardently to the atmosphere of panic and dread. For it is here we find some very bizarre things, the kind that can make us laugh and forget, if just for a little while, how scared we're told we should be. So sit back and enjoy these amusing headlines provided by the same media and news folks who thrive on our trembling apprehension.
When Stephen King criticized the Trump Coronavirus Task Force with his eyes closed
For quite awhile now King has voiced profound antagonism toward Donald Trump. But this tweet showed how desperate he was to portray the President as a racist. Sorry, Mr. King of Horror, but you might want to acquaint yourself with a President's cabinet before making such an awkwardly stupid accusation.
or just a humorous play on words in this headline?
Some teachers and their priorities, huh?
At least a little honesty in this embarrassing story. Not that all teachers are more concerned with salaries and benefits than what is best kids, but obviously there are some who do.
Very important reminder
because the last thing you want to worry about on a simple trip to the store is being charged with public indecency.
An example of the new annoying normal
The Price Is Right may not matter to you, but I get this. My husband recently retired and he's a fan. And he, too, is agitated every time the show is intruded on, most especially when he's watched an episode all the way up to the Showcase Showdown part and bam! there's the Presidential Task Force coming on with yet another brief.
With all those kids, you can be sure
this couple are downright experts on finding ways to pass the time!
In case you don't have enough to worry about
don't you dare forget about those poor multi-legged darlings crawling around in your food pantry!
Rubbing manly domes-
looks like it's not just for luck anymore!
Dear gods forbid
Hollywood's rich and affluent lose their influence over us. If the day arrives when the opinions of ordinary working people are held in higher regard than a movie star, why the whole social structure might crumble and civilization sent reeling back into the Stone Age!
A few headlines
which give an eye-opening view to the desperate ledge on which the panic-obsessed have brought themselves.
You know that saying about karma being a b****?
This guy could have invented it.
A reminder that there's always someone worse off
This poor man. Making me deeply grateful for my humble homemade goats milk and honey bars.
I will end this by wishing everyone a very healthy, safe and happy day!
Aaand don't forget to wash those hands.