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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
A writer sharing travels, experiences, a love of festivals & events. Life is a journey and I hope to inspire others. Visit my blog at
Published August 5th 2021
One hundred years ago it was the Roaring 20s, a time of economic prosperity and carefree living for many. The decade heralded the brave new world emerging from the devastation of World War I.

Fast forward to the 2020s and it's a different picture. We find ourselves in a devastation of a different kind, a health crisis that didn't take long before it was declared globally as a pandemic. With Covid cases spreading like wildfires across Sydney and other cities and towns, you could call this decade the Soaring 20s.

But it is early days and hopefully, this hell will not define the whole decade? Perhaps the quandary we find ourselves in presently will just go down as the Alpha-Delta Years and we will emerge to write a different history based more on the latter part of the decade.

Plunged into lockdowns again in 2021, have we learnt anything from the past year?

Some may say no as mistakes are still being made in containing the deadly virus. On the flip side, we have learnt to adapt in order to survive. We've ventured back to jigsaw puzzles, we've got creative and we've gone virtual with everything online from parties to dance and art lessons.

What we need to continue during this dire situation is to find laughter, after all, it is the best medicine. A smile on your dial lifts you up and people have found plenty of unique ways to get and give a laugh.

In the most millennial of ways, there has come some innovative ideas, memes and jokes online that have made us laugh and contributed to maintaining some sanity, as follows -


I never would have imagined that people taking their garbage bins out would provide a laugh. But that it did and many laughs were had on Facebook through a group called 'Getting dressed up to take the bins out during lockdown!'. A simple idea provided humour in both photos and videos with people dressed up as all manner of characters and objects.

Bin night became the event of the week for some, with evening celebrations taking place. Residents would dance in the streets to all sorts of music, whilst social distancing.

Not only did wheelie bin dress-ups bring grins but mowing the lawn did too with The Robby Horror Mower Show involving a man dressed as Frank-N-Furter.

'It's just a cut to the left, then a trim to the right, with your hands on the wheel, hugging the damn tree tight, let's do the lawn mow again'.

Pet Makeovers

Funny or cute, pets made for some entertainment on the internet with owners getting creative. Whether it was about lockdown or not, they rolled in to amuse us.


With mandatory mask wearing, we found a way to get some funnies in too. A range of interesting face coverings popped up online for purchase. From masks with catchy names and phrases to animal faces and more, they give fellow shoppers a smile.

People also made their own distinctive masks and improvised with items around the house. Many went beyond the face in covering themselves against Covid.


Many a meme came thick and fast during the first major lockdown. Situations, such as, the craziness of toilet paper hoarding resulted in memes. Corona beer got some unusual promotion and so too did working from home.

Lockdown Funnies

Lockdown Funnies

There were a whole lot more subjects that people joked and poked on. Here are some other quips that bounced around online.

'The World Health Organisation announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine are now to be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out'.

'My mum always told me I wouldn't accomplish anything by lying in bed all day, but look at me now! I'm saving the world!'

'Remember back when we used to eat cake after someone blew all over it? Man, we were wild!'

'Ran out of toilet paper and started using lettuce leaves. Today was just the tip of the iceberg, tomorrow romaines to be seen'.

'Still haven't decided where to go for Easter - the living room or the bedroom?'

The lead-up to the 'silly' season of 2020 produced some festive fun as well.

On the romance side, there were some good/corny pick-up lines.

'If Covid doesn't take you out, can I?'

'Is that pneumonia in my lungs or has your smile just left me breathless?'

'Hey Babe! Can I ship you a drink?'

There were plenty more, many of them quite 'racey'.

The lockdown rules can't be bypassed either.

From Facebook to Instagram, Twitter to TikTok, YouTube and more, there were plenty of platforms with a huge amount of humour and witty sayings to divert our attention from the doom and gloom side of the pandemic. Keep them coming, I say.

In the lockdown wave, we find ourselves in now, we need to remember that it won't be forever. We got through previous waves and we will get through the current wave. Whilst the resilience of the human spirit can be fazed in times of crisis, it can also be strong. Get through it as best you can, whether it's getting creative, keeping busy around the house and garden or finding new ways to amuse yourself. Reach out to family and friends, if not in person then by telephone or online means. Surprise someone you haven't spoken to or engaged with for a while, it may well make their day (and yours).

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Thanks for the summary Irene, I found myself laughing at these things all over again.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8906) 38 days ago
I was missing my regular Weekend Notes! Thankyou for this special one! Love, love, love your emails! Take care, be safe, keep laughing cant wait to receive weekend notes with places to go, things to do, good food to try in a world after vaccines!
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