Homebound bakers salvage bananas left browned and abandoned since the days of lockdown panic-buying; ‘All our bananas were going bad’
April 30, 2020
Mom and Dad once again become part of daily routines; ‘being 32 and under your parents’ roof—it’s strange’
Isolated in their homes, uncertain about the future and desperate for uncontaminated unconditional love, Americans are stocking up on dogs.
There are a lot of intimate, sometimes awkward peeks into the personal space of office mates, including ‘some really bad wallpaper’
Puzzle demand has taken off, with millions of Americans looking for something to do at home. Yet Ravensburger, the world’s largest maker, finds itself with fewer ways to get its goods to puzzlers.
Live state updates on the pandemic become must-see TV and make unlikely stars of local officials. Fans of Ohio governor tout ‘Wine With DeWine,’ while others flock to briefings from Kentucky.
Couples livestream ceremonies, postpone or cancel. ‘Dammit, we will get married!’
‘We know who you are and this is serious.’ Governor and Los Angeles mayor scold denizens who stretch Golden State lockdown mandate’s outdoor-activity exception by flocking to parks.
After two weeks of school closures, all those neatly organized blocks of self-directed learning and arts-and-crafts projects have quickly fallen apart. “I kind of gave up on the idea of a schedule.”
The lack of basketball and baseball prompts wagers on reality shows, Ping-Pong and Alaskan brown bears; ‘I wanted someone I could root for.’
Skeleton workplace crews become caretakers of orphaned desk greenery, while employees elsewhere have launched flora-extrication missions.
‘Ramayan,’ a 78-part telling of an epic Hindu tale airing on Indian public television, is all the rage again. Most Indians weren’t even born when it was made.
British exercise phenomenon Joe Wicks leads children in calisthenics during lockdown, but when adults try to follow along the mishaps pile up: sprains, broken furniture and holes in the plaster.
The pros seethe for weeks as spouses and kids invaded their home office space with loud talk, singing and ill-timed trips to the fridge; ‘It’s my domain.’
Americans who stocked up on rolls in the coronavirus lockdown are willing to make trades. How many rolls for that dress? “Listen, here’s what I’m going to do.”
South Korea politics look different when candidates in face masks are instructed to literally stay out of reach of supporters in Wednesday’s vote.
Volunteers are firing up their sewing machines, with cloth masks in demand; plea to every person I know who ever sewed’
Coronavirus lockouts turns slick glamour to amateur hour as broadcasters and show hosts migrate to basements and guest bedrooms, including botched makeup and kids’ toys.
Gyms and sports leagues have closed.This has left golf courses, wide expanses where people don’t need to come into close contact, as a rare escape; ‘club tap’
Many fans hear just fine but prefer to read along with everything they watch; ‘It’s gone mainstream.’
Even though events are off, there’s still air time to fill; Pale Ale, Chutes and Ladders, ‘a metric for Will Ferrell movies.’
With the huge decline in air travel, those still flying have plenty of room; ‘she has her own private plane.’
Coronavirus lockdowns turn longtime home teachers into Instagram stars and cheerleaders for harried parents; ‘You got this!’
Coronavirus lockdowns give the World War II-era device a new life. It’s quick, kind of fun and doesn’t hog Wi-Fi bandwidth. Also good for playing Battleship.
Singles looking for a connection are mostly making do with apps and video dates, but technology has its limits. Physical chemistry? ‘You can’t get that at all.’
People write the rules as they go, shouting at neighbors from the sidewalks or balconies. Definitely BYOB, no community coolers. And think twice about petting your neighbor’s dog.
Some people are stocking up on food and supplies, though their spouses may not agree with their approach. ‘I think having 10,000 rolls of toilet paper isn’t necessary.’
Cooped up during coronavirus, bread-baking seems like a great diversion. But getting a loaf right takes practice and precision; it ‘came out looking like a hockey puck.’
Coronavirus preppers urgently stock up at the supermarket, leaving shelves bare, except for all those pork rinds
In Hong Kong, thousands of students are learning online while schools are closed—often in small apartments, with their parents also trying to work.“I can’t watch every single one of them all of the time.”
Hearing of imminent closures, people rush to pick up books and DVDs; ‘this is what Black Friday must be like at Walmart’
In a role reversal, it’s the people who find themselves caged up. ‘I find the seal cam is really nice.’
Long used by teenagers, the video-chat app is discovered by aging newcomers who entertain and annoy households with their new habit.
Coronavirus has canceled religious gatherings, but hasn’t stopped people from wanting to confess especially as Easter approaches; “We don’t get this time off.”
The tiny crew at Troll station are used to long spells of isolation. And they have some advice to help us avoid the Jack Nicholson route in “The Shining.”
Don’t try this at home becomes break out the scissors—those bangs need a trim; ‘everyone is going to have a bowl cut’
Coronavirus shut gyms, forcing fitness buffs sweat it out at home; treadmill in the kitchen?
Epic shortage spooks doomsday preppers and bankers alike; ‘Unaffordium and unobtanium’
Jewish families are taking on the challenge of videochat Seders this year, giving them a chance to tweak some traditions. ‘With the proper camera angles, they’ll never know.’
The U.S. has quarantined hundreds of Americans returning from the center of the epidemic. As worry recedes among the evacuees, boredom sets in.
At a New Jersey factory making anti-coronavirus disinfectant spray, employees feel inspired.