They say that laughter is the best medicine, and while we can’t say that jokes will get is out of hard times, they certainly do make them easier to endure. With all that’s going on in the world, it can be easy to feel tense, especially when you’re stuck at home. From braving the outdoors to satisfy a Twix craving to the horror of being an extrovert in quarantine, these jokes are sure to help you unwind in the midst of mayhem. Read on for your daily dose of humor.
Rebel Without A Cause
There’s something about being ordered to do something that makes it unappealing. It may have to do with the desire to be in control. Refusing to obey gives a sense of power that just doesn’t seem as obvious when you’re following the rules.
Whether you love staying at home or can barely stand it, many of us can relate to feeling stubborn. Seeing a cartoon penguin acting headstrong makes nonsensical rebellion seem that much funnier.
At Least It’s Not The Shining
This is one of those jokes you need a little bit of context to understand. If you’ve ever seen the movie The Shining or read the book, you already know what this meme is suggesting.
For those who haven’t watched or read the Stephen King story, we’ll just say a family moves into an isolated hotel and things go perfectly fine, if you call ghosts, premonitions, and utter mania “fine.” It’s a great watch if you’re looking to pass the time.
Costco Meets Jurassic Park
Costco has risen to one of the more successful buy-in-bulk warehouses. After all, it’s pretty amazing that people would actually pay for a membership to shop. But in the midst of a pandemic, the popular store became something of a danger zone.
As soon as people caught wind of the word “quarantine,” Costco became a never-ending Black Friday on steroids. Fortunately, the store came up with rules to help calm down the hoarding culture, but there was certainly a time when grocery shopping felt like taking a trip to Jurassic Park.
Where To Travel To?
There’s nothing like a quarantine to get you extremely acquainted with your home. Whether you live in a mansion or in a studio apartment, it takes some creativity to feed your wanderlust without leaving the house.
Remember as a kid when your imagination could transform your living room fort into a cave in the jungle? When your whole world becomes limited to the space in your home, you can think of it as a way to reconnect to your inner child.
How Else Are Legos Supposed To Wash Their Hands?
Apparently Lego washing machines are a real thing, and someone used one to make this hilarious handwashing joke. Since kids use play to understand the world around them, the toy is a clever way to bring chores into Lego play.
You would think that the toy was made to place the pant and shirt parts of the Lego into the washing machine, but it seems to only fit hand parts. Whatever the creators were thinking when they designed the toy, it’s perfectly suited for a pandemic.
A Parkour Expert
For those who may not know, Parkour is a training practice that involves moving through intricate environments as quickly as possible. It’s sort of like an obstacle course only the obstacles are not equipment, but rather buildings or natural environments.
Seeing a Parkour practicer in action is kind of like seeing a virus move through a city, especially since the activity is typically done in urban settings. It leaps through the town with speed and flexibility, touching all it needs to so it can survive.
Aren’t Midnight Snacks Essential Items?
We have no idea why an officer was carrying a pig at one point, but it certainly makes for a hilarious meme. Having a deep love for sugary snacks does not make one a pig! However, in the context of a pandemic, it is a hilarious exaggeration.
With so many people stalking up on grocery items so they don’t have to leave the house, it begs the question of how many shoppers are truly honest about their cravings?
Just The Essentials
We learn a lot about ourselves when preparing for quarantine, particularly when it comes to diet. While some of us may load up on healthy foods because that’s how we normally eat, others may do so because they’re in denial about their actual eating habits or want to force themselves into a healthier lifestyle.
Transversely, some of us may find ourselves reaching for nothing but junk food. In the heat of our panic, all of a sudden having enough Lucky Charms and Doritos becomes essentially.
A Bathroom Subway
Those who typically take public transportation to work may be used to standing up in the bus or subway with one hand on a rod for stabilization. This man looks like he was feeling nostalgic about his work commute during quarantine, so he took to his shower rod for comfort.
He’s really playing the part by having his headphones in and looking down at his phone. Notice he’s also wearing sunglasses and a heavy jacket to get a more authentic feel.
Masks Aren’t A Great Sign
Once doctors started running out of masks, the only ones permitted to wear them became those exposed to someone with coronavirus or those who already contracted the sickness. Robert Downey Jr’s look of relief pokes fun at the anxiety that therefore can arise when seeing someone in a mask.
The joke compares bank robberies to coronavirus to shed light on how the pandemic has taken precedence over many of life’s other concerns. After all, there’s only so much that can go wrong when much of the public is stuck at home.
Distancing At The Olympics
The Olympic Games logo typically has all of these circles overlapping one another slightly so they are connected. Someone took it upon themselves to mimic the logo but places space between each circle to symbolize social distancing.
Obviously, keeping items that don’t actually exist separated will have no impact on virus prevention, but that’s what makes the joke so funny! It’s as though so obsessed with distancing that they couldn’t even draw lines that overlap.
Washing Your Hands Too Much
Someone had the brilliant idea of using a scene from The Terminator to evoke what it feels like to wash your hands extremely frequently. While the character is a robot in the movie, in the context of the joke his hand looks more like one that’s had all its skin washed away.
It certainly can feel as though you’re washing your hands away during a pandemic, especially when health experts have little more advice to offer than to wash, wash, wash!
Someone Had A Snack Attack
It can be hard to resist munching on snacks all day when you’re quarantined at home. All those tasty treats you bought to last seem to call your name from the pantry all day long.
Without a fair amount of rationing discipline, you could very well find yourself running out of snacks much sooner than you expected. While having proper meals is much more important than having tasty snacks around, the exaggerated look on this woman’s face makes the ordeal seem hilarious.
An Essential Employee Hard At Work
If there’s one thing that shelter-in-place orders sheds light on, its what jobs are essential in a time of crisis. While bagging items at the grocery store may seem like simple work, when the going gets tough those workers become brave soldiers.
Just imagine in the midst of a pandemic while everyone else is at home, you have to go to work knowing full well that you may come into contact with the virus. Especially when dealing with a panicking public, these workers may as well be the tattered and torn Sylvester Stalone giving a thumbs up.
Some People Don’t Get Out Much
Gamers are unique in that the activity they so love doing– playing videogames– requires them to stay indoors. Other “indoor” activities like reading, writing, painting, etc. can often be done outside.
Since gaming requires an electronic system and computer or television screen, bringing the activity outdoors isn’t such an easy option. Those who are used to spending hours a day playing videogames have practically been quarantine training. We wouldn’t be surprised if a lot more gamers came out of this pandemic.
Earth Is Closed
One of the incredible things about a pandemic is its ability to connect the entire world. Since viruses don’t discriminate against anyone for any reason, it can spread around to anyone, anywhere. Thus, flattening the curve is best done when we work together and learn from one another.
At the same time, that means that the entire world can be equally impacted. With so many countries impacted to the point of needing to quarantine, it can feel like there’s a big “closed” sign hanging over the Earth.
Tofu Is The Last To Go
When panicked shoppers create more demand than manufacturers can supply, you have a shortage on your hands. You know it’s a pandemic when shelves are emptying out in stores.
It’s interesting to see what the first items to go are, but even more fascinating is seeing which items are the last to be bought. Someone took notice that there store’s vegetarian items seemed untouched next to empty meat shelves. Although, we’re fairly confident that tofu is the longer-lasting item.
What’s Hidden In Your Hands?
Writing test notes on your hand is one of the oldest tricks in the book. But what if those notes never went away? That’s what the person behind this meme joked about when stating that they uncovered their decades-old exam notes on their hands.
While skin and ink don’t really work this way, it’s funny to imagine that everything you’ve ever written on your skin still lingers there. Washing your hands would be like revealing invisible ink.
Braving The World
This meme derives its humor from a symbol used in The Hunger Games. Its main character, Katniss, does this three-finger salute to bid adieu to her district as she embarks on a journey from which she may not return.
While essential workers are in a difficult position, comparing it to a popular fiction trilogy makes the scenario seem a little more lighthearted. Girl Scouts also use this three-finger salute when reciting their Girl Scout Promise.
Who Do You Think You Are?
Ryan Gosling looks all posh in this image, which is the punchline of the joke. While essential workers have been regarded as hero-like figures in past jokes, the non-essential worker is made to feel like a commoner.
The look on Ryan’s face suggests that non-essential workers don’t deserve the time of day. Adding to the sense of entitlement is the fact he’s holding a credit card in one of his hands and wearing sunglasses inside.
You Get What You Pay For
When a pandemic is going on, international travel is one of the worst ideas a person can have. It might be one thing if the trip was already planned, but to use the world-wide struggle as an excuse to buy a cheap flight isn’t wise.
Rules and regulations aside, the trip would likely be ruined by paranoia. Any little cough, sneeze, or even heavy breathing could ignite your newfound germophobia. As they say, you get what you pay for.
Don’t Touch Your Face!
If you’ve ever seen the comedy Talledega Nights, then you already know that its main character, played by Will Ferrell, has a hilarious quirk with his hands. While being interviewed, the racecar driver doesn’t know what to do with them.
As a result, he ends up holding his hands up in an awkward way. With health officials urging the public to refrain from touching their faces, it’s brought a similar kind of paranoid awareness to the hands that can be funny to notice.
Introverts Versus Extroverts
While it’s safe to say that many of us have both introvert and extrovert characteristics, one side tends to outweigh the other in certain situations. When it comes to being quarantined, someone who is a homebody by nature might be excited to have an excuse to not make plans.
Conversely, someone who tends to be more extroverted might dread not being able to surround themselves with others. The sisters in Frozen happen to embody these differences quite well.
Not Everyone Can Work From Home
When shelter-in-place orders pop up all over the world, it leaves many workers unable to do their jobs. For people like the man pictured here, doing work at home could mean trying to perform construction work while inside a home office.
The joke sheds light on how some people have absolutely no way they can do anything work-related while stuck at home. While the scenario can be unfortunate, staying positive and cracking a joke, as this worker has, is a great way to weather the storm.
This Bird Knows What It’s Doing
They say that animals can teach us things, but we had no idea they meant it so literally. This bird seems to be a professional when it comes to following the protocol of health experts during a pandemic.
In one photo, the bird is bathing alone in its own little basin of water, which may as well be the bird’s version of handwashing. In the next photo, it’s practicing social distancing by literally kicking a bird out of its territory.
Oh, Is That What Quarantine Is?
Tangerine–quarantine–it’s easy to mix them up, like this Twitter user did. If quarantine were “those little oranges,” the supermarkets would run out of oranges instead of toilet paper. And we wouldn’t be reading these memes.
But who doesn’t love a good pun in these trying times? It’s funnier to think that this person has been stocking up on tangerines for months. They probably wondered why the streets are so empty and why everyone is tweeting from home.
The Perfect Routine
Sticking to a routine is essential when stuck at home. This tweet is poking fun at the concept that we’re all supposed to cling to a schedule, but probably aren’t. The set-up just makes it funnier because you think that he’s serious before he gets to the punchline.
To be fair, staring at your phone for 16 hours could very well “give structure and a sense of stability” to this Twitter user. Can’t bash it until you try it.
How To Beat COVID-19
How do we beat COVID-19? By playing it like a sports game, this meme says. Many people feel like they’re constantly dodging things that expose them to the virus, just like this basketball player is dodging his opponent.
This photo was actually a reaction. The Twitter user responded to a BBC tweet that said, “How can AI help fight the pandemic?” Perhaps if the AI decides to play a round of basketball with the coronavirus.
Experts say that the virus could die down around July or August. You know what that means: a quarantine pool party! Sounds…not fun at all. This meme perfectly encapsulates many peoples’ feelings about summer.
For those who don’t know, “summer 2020 gon be lit” means that summer 2020 is going to be a party. Maybe we can all swim in hazmat suits as long as we remain six feet apart. Here’s to hoping for the best.
Think Twice When You Receive This Text
When comedians can’t practice stand-up anymore, they take to Twitter. Here, comedian Ali Kolbert talks about the newest breakup text in 2020: “Sorry, I’m practicing social distancing.” Ouch. What a relationship killer.
Relationships can struggle during this time, but at least we have some good laughs to get us through. And teenagers have a new excuse to break up with their partner now that they’re no longer going to school. A silver lining, we suppose.
What Peoples’ Dogs Are Thinking
The Twitter user “thoughts of a dog” illustrates what all pet dogs are thinking while their owners are at home. They describe how dogs occasionally appear on video calls (likely meetings) and the other humans cheer when they see the dog.
Dogs are truly “the only thing holding their company together.” The good news about quarantine is that everyone’s pets are extra happy and social. And how else could you ever see your coworker’s dogs live?
Nature Is Returning
Does anyone remember Lime scooters? They’re public scooters that people could rent and ride around for a while, like an Uber without a driver. During quarantine, people no longer use them, so they end up in a river.
This meme jokes that the scooters are finally returning to their “natural habitat.” This is actually happening, with deer once again entering abandoned subways and tunnels. But the “nature” returning doesn’t include scooters. At least, we don’t think so.
Edward Hopper Was Ahead Of His Time
Edward Hopper painted from the 1920s through the 1950s. Although he couldn’t have known about COVID-19, his paintings reflect our lives now. Four of his paintings, featured in this meme, show people sitting alone in abandoned public places.
“We are all Edward Hopper paintings now,” the meme jokes. Yikes, we are. But the paintings showing abandoned cafes aren’t quite accurate, since most of those are closed. Still–was Hopper psychic? His art eerily resembles life during quarantine.
You’ll Never Hear “COVID-19” The Same Way Again
This Twitter user ruined the phrase “COVID-19” for all of us. They said that they hear “COVID-19” to the tune of “Come on Eileen.” It fits, and it’s frustrating. But also funny. But frustrating.
If you ever feel overwhelmed by coronavirus news, imagine reporters singing it to “Come on Eileen.” Although we all should stay on top of the news, it can get depressing after a while. That’s why these jokes are much needed; they get us through.
We’re All The Brady Bunch
Those who hold team meetings online understand how odd it feels to see everyone on screen. This Twitter user pointed out that everyone looks like the Brady Bunch online. Honestly? They aren’t wrong.
Because many people hold meetings online now, there are no shortage of work from home (wfh) memes. To some people, these meetings don’t feel natural at all. People who worked from home before the quarantine had the advantage of seeing these jokes before the rest of us.
Applebee’s Can Show You The World
Many people have plans to travel after quarantine, but this Twitter user doesn’t want to go international. Instead, they have plotted a route to 11 Applebee’s locations around North Dakota. It’s too bad that Applebee’s is closed now.
Does anyone love Applebee’s this much? Probably not–it’s clearly a joke. But many people are aching for their favorite restaurants and coffee shops to reopen once quarantine ends. Here’s to hoping that the original poster receives their Applebee’s.
Finally, A Use For All That Toilet Paper
If there’s one joke topic that has dominated the internet for the past month, it’s people hoarding toilet paper. People have been inventing creative ways to use their stocks of toilet paper. In this meme, which arguably depicts a perfect world, people can pay with toilet paper.
If quarantine keeps up, toilet paper may very well become the new currency. And of course, this meme shows online payment, because we can’t go into most stores. Ah, the quarantine life.
Coming Soon In Summer 2020
This meme brings up the funny concept of reuniting with everyone once quarantine ends. Imagine all the jokes you can crack with your friends in summer 2020. “The plague” may be an overstatement, but honestly, it’s how a lot of people feel.
It’s fascinating to envision how people will view 2020 in retrospect. We can’t wait for the “quarantine is over” memes to consume the internet. Until then, all we have are “we’re stuck in quarantine” memes.
A New Friendly Greeting
Social distancing is redefining how people interact. Since we need to remain six feet apart, we might as well have some fun with our greetings, as this meme suggests. A Vulcan salute can maintain our social distancing.
The internet is filled with jokes about how to interact and greet each other during quarantine. It provides some light in this troubling situation, especially for the Star Trek fans out there. However, Trekkies were probably greeting others like this before social distancing.
For Some People, Things Haven’t Changed
For the introverts of the world, quarantine hasn’t changed their life much. But some people may not realize that until they see others going stir crazy. This meme perfectly exemplifies the brief existential crisis that some introverts go through.
On the bright side, introverts have a leg up during social distancing. They can handle the isolation fairly well, even though the change is hard on everyone. But at least we have internet jokes to get us through.