At our outdoor distanced dinner this week here at Maison Marianne, we laughed about a post on social media that said “I think my bingo card for 2020 is full.” And it’s only August.
Remember when the corrupt Senate impeachment process was the worst news? That was a million years ago in February. Since then, a global pandemic, economy tanking, demonstrations and rioting.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, this week in California: 560 raging fires and the worst air quality in the world after two days of rare lightening storms.
And there is just a lot of surreal going on, stuff that seems hard to imagine at any other time and now seems like a normal day. Here are a few examples of 2020 Americana.
Potty Mouth. Oregon Police had to send out an APB to remind local residents not to call 911 for toilet paper. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/817205813/oregon-police-remind-residents-dont-call-911-if-you-run-out-of-toilet-paper
Twilight Zone. The president of the United States announced that the flu pandemic of 1917 ended World War II, which ended in 1945. https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-claims-1917-pandemic-ended-world-war-ii-which-began-in-1939
The Talking Dead. Susan B. Anthony, a 19th century American suffragist, declined a presidential pardon. https://www.npr.org/2020/08/20/904321406/susan-b-anthony-museum-rejects-president-trumps-pardon-of-the-suffragette
Believe them when they tell you who they are. The president’s former campaign chief was arrested for stealing your “build the wall” money after he joked that he was going to steal your “build the wall” money. https://www.thedailybeast.com/video-bannon-joked-in-2019-about-build-the-wall-founder-stealing-funds-to-buy-luxury-boat
The Biblical. Scientists tracked down a deadly “murder hornet” in the US after finding a hive-ful of headless bees. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/male-murder-hornet-captured-in-the-u-s-as-scientists-rush-to-stop-their-spread/ar-BB18a2fe?li=BBnbcA1
We Are Not Alone. The US Government now admits that there are UFOs out there. And they remain unidentified. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/us/politics/pentagon-ufo-harry-reid-navy.html
Deliverance. Almost 5,000 baby chicks and uncounted other animals have died in the US mail after the federal government slowed mail deliveries as part of a scheme to deprive Americans of their right to vote. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/22/chicks-cockroaches-crickets-frogs-how-mail-delays-are-affecting-live-animal-trade/
It snowed chocolate in Switzerland. https://www.insider.com/swiss-town-covered-in-chocolate-snow-lindt-factory-malfunction-olten-2020-8
Remember when the big debate was about taking a knee?