2020 isn’t shaping up to what we all hoped it would be.
That might be an understatement. With the pandemic an ongoing concern, social distancing measures are still in place in most parts of the world. Any expectations we had, from enjoying brunch with friends to seeing loved ones to traveling the world, is pretty much off the table.
And what better to mourn 2020 than with memes?
The “My plans vs. 2020” meme takes memorable scenes from movies and TV shows and compares them to happier beginnings. From the heart-wrenching conclusion to the tragic love story in Portrait of a Lady on Fire to the unfortunate fate of the cabbage merchant in Avatar: The Last Airbender, at least everyone can joke about how disappointing 2020 is shaping up to be.
Of course, not everyone found their plans thrown into distanced disarray.
But hey, don’t despair too much. There are still plenty of ways to safely connect with your loved ones throughout this — from a distance.
NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is getting ready for its big launch day, when it will become the envy of all and leave this cursed Earth behind. But before it can get its ass to Mars, NASA needs to be sure its rover can handle the adventure.
In a new video filmed in late 2019, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory puts Perseverance through its paces to make sure that it’s grown up big and strong. It seems like one giant leap to go from Rover’s first unassisted stand to a driving test within just four months, but apparently rovers mature much more quickly than humans.
Perseverance’s launch window opens July 17. It’s scheduled to land on Mars on 18 Feb. 2021, where it will search for aliens and collect cool rocks to show its parents.
But if the planet was similar to Earth millions of years ago, there is a chance simple microbial life developed on Mars.
NASA said: “Even if there were no life on Mars, it would be exciting to know whether there used to be life there.
“So in addition to looking for living bacteria, NASA will be searching for tiny fossils that might indicate life got a start early in Mars’ history but, unlike on our home planet, it did not survive and evolve into larger life forms.”
But what about the oddly shaped rocks UFO hunter keep discovering?
The most likely answer is pareidolia – a bizarre effect that tricks the mind into seeing shapes and patterns where they do not exist.
Before he was Saul Goodman and Jimmy McGill and then Saul again, Bob Odenkirk created one of the oddest, most beloved sketch shows around with David Cross. Mr. Show had a Zoom reunion last week (they’re all the rage) and so, naturally, they called up a bunch of people whose faces you recognize to make fun of Gal Gadot’s ridiculous celeb-packed “Imagine” singalong. And what better tribute could there be to this moment than Weird Al Yankovic’s ode to overcoming pickiness, “Eat It”?
As well as a good chunk of the Better Call Saul cast, the pair used up perfectly good favors from Bryan Cranston, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Rachel Bloom, Fred Armisen, John Hodgman, Amber Tamblyn, Paul Scheer, Michael Mando, Al Franken, and even banjo legend Béla Fleck — not to mention an extra special cameo at the end.
It’s not the first video to parody the bizarre, wildly uneven earnestness and production values of Gadot’s tone-deaf tribute, but it is the only one with a former U.S. senator.
John Krasinski’s YouTube show Some Good News has served up sweetness and light in the midst of All This, and racked up over two and a half million YouTube subscribers looking for something to smile about.
This week’s episode is apparently the last before a little hiatus, which is fair given it can’t have been easy planning a star-studded prom, graduation, potluck, wedding, and all those celebrity weather reports and charity donations in the space of eight weeks. So Krasinski turned over the good news reporting and forecasts to some of the show’s many fans, including a promising young sports reporter, international correspondents, and an IRL Spider-Man, and shared some Zoom bloopers from his famous guests (they’re just like us! They can’t work out the mute button!).
He also brought back some highlights of people surviving the coronavirus pandemic in various ways, whether it’s walking out of hospital after beating the odds, finding creative methods to connect with sick or vulnerable family and friends, or just finding pockets of joy. And then Krasinski delivered an emotional little speech about what the show’s meant to him.
“The truth is I have been so blown away by the messages I have received telling me how joyful this show makes you, how uplifted and inspired you all can be, but I assure you all the pleasure and all the inspiration has been mine,” he said, his voice cracking.
“I told you from the very first episode, I only deliver the good news, you are the good news. And that’s why every single week, if you can look past the goofy guy wearing half a suit, you’d see what resilience really looks like. What unbroken really means. And through witnessing each and every simple act of kindness and generosity, you would see what the true definition of good really is.”