What Weird Shit Are You Seeing Outside?

While lockdowns remain in effect in many states, health officials still say outdoor exercise is a good way to stretch those legs and shake off some cabin fever. I’ve been religiously walking and running – while maintaining the appropriate distance, of course – and so have plenty of other folks in good ol’ New York. And, lately, it seems that people have started getting weird. Read More >>

Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Neill Star in a Short Film About a Sentient Phone

One thing that global isolation has been good for (other than not getting sick) is the wave of lo-fi homemade short films from the sort of people who would normally be starring in, y’know, big expensive movies instead of making silly movies for Twitter. Read More >>

UK Arrivals Will Be Spot Checked With Fines of £1,000 if They Break Quarantine

Since the start of lockdown, air travel has been off the table unless it's essential travel. As such, there's been a huge decline in flights. What there hasn't been is any form of quarantine measures for arrivals. Well, they may come into effect next month and there will be fines if people aren't quarantining themselves. Read More >>

Why You’re Anxious About Coming Out of Isolation, According to Experts

Restrictions are lifting and establishments are reopening slowly around the world. While this is a cause for celebration for many, some may be worried about venturing back out into the 'real world' — and not just because of health fears. Read More >>

France Not Included in UK’s Imminent Flight Quarantine Rules

Adding a little more confusion to the UK government's coronavirus lockdown approach is the plan to quarantine international travellers arriving here – not in place yet but maybe in place soon – which will ask visitors from some countries to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. But not visitors from all countries, as France apparently won't be included. Read More >>

Nintendo Promises the Switch Shortage Will End Soon

If you’re like a lot of folks who considered buying a Nintendo Switch to help pass the time while quarantined, you’ve probably noticed that Nintendo’s incredibly popular console has pretty much been sold out across the country for the past couple weeks. Read More >>

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Truckload of Toilet Paper Goes Up in Flames

In what appears to be a devastating traffic accident, an 18-wheeler truck loaded with toilet paper caught fire early this morning in the Dallas area. The driver told CBS 11 News that he hit a bump, and the truck rolled over, igniting “thousands of rolls” of toilet paper in his cargo. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. The driver, his dog, and firefighters are reportedly okay. Forlorn images of billowing smoke and charred bulk-sized toilet paper littered across the pavement and the roadside grass linger. Read More >>

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What It’s Like to Be Sick and in Quarantine at the Epicentre of Spain’s Coronavirus Outbreak

We haven’t been able to go outside since March 14, when Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced a state of emergency and national lockdown because of the covid-19 pandemic. But every evening at 8 p.m., people all over Spain go to their windows, balconies, or terraces. The noise begins softly, but builds up immediately and stretches throughout neighbourhoods and cities. People are clapping for the healthcare workers in Spain’s strained hospitals, for the grocery store workers that stock the shelves, for the truck drivers that deliver food and supplies, for the pharmacists that open up shop, for everyone who’s helping the country navigate the worst public health crisis in a generation. Read More >>

Parents Rejoice! Sesame Workshop Has Made 110 Sesame Street eBooks Free

If your recent transition to working from home every day was made all the more challenging with a house full of kids not able to go to school, Big Bird and his Sesame Street gang are offering a little relief by making 110 ebooks for kids absolutely free on all the major online book platforms. Read More >>

Coronavirus Lockdown: Here Are Boris Johnson’s New Rules on What You Can and Can’t Do

After addressing the nation's effort - or apparent lack thereof - to self-isolate, Boris Johnson has confirmed the inevitable; people can't bloody listen, and now it's time to get serious. Read More >>

Everything In Its Place: The Internet Is Diagramming Our Anxiety

Memes’ basic function is to identify where we stand in relation to the world, and according to the largest-followed meme accounts, a significant portion of the population is currently relating to quarantine fatigue in the six faces of Kanye, Khaleesi smoking a cigarette, cats hanging out windows, a shopping cart full of wine, and Ben Affleck. That’s the “ME RN” crowd, and we talked about them last week. But another contingent dissects anxiety and maps out our isolation-rattled psyche with quieter reflection. This is what artful cartographers and illustrators do best, and mass solitude has added new dimensions to existing oeuvres charting solitude and anxiety, with contemplation on the new trappings of the fortunate (canned goods, roommates, health), or on the absurdity of trying to make sense of it all. Read More >>