Total Left-Field Weirdness Caused By Coronavirus

PSA: Be safe, stay home, and stay informed. -Ed

Major pandemics are tragic, but at least they're kind of predictable, right? Lots of places close, mass gatherings are canceled, and so (depressingly) on. But with COVID-19, there's also a lot of weirdness that nobody could have expected.

Stuff like ...

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IN ITALY, PORNHUB PREMIUM IS FREE THROUGH THE END OF MARCH. Porn hub PREMIUM Accedi Forza Italia, We love you! To keep you company at home, Pornhub Source: The Next Web

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A FRENCH TOWN GAVE CORONAVIRUS THE MIDDLE FINGER WITH A SMURF STREET PARTY. 3,500 people dressed up as Smurfs celebrated for two days in Landerneau. TSource: France 24

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MORTGAGE PAYMENTS THROUGHOUT ITALY ARE SUSPENDED DURING THE LOCKDOWN. Individuals and families are getting a grace period on their mortgages, says depSource: Reuters

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TINDER HAS BEEN A MAJOR SOURCE OF CORONAVIRUS NEWS. Yeah. we are encouraged to stay indoors All the transportations are unavailable The bridges are blSource: Buzzfeed News

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LOTS OF ITALIANS GATHER AT THEIR WINDOWS AND BALCONIES TO SING AND PLAY INSTRUMENTS. On March 13, there was a nationwide Sound Flash Mob that thousaSource: Billboard

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CHINESE CITIES ARE STARTING TO GET OVERRUN BY PEDIGREED STRAY DOGS. Many people think (mistakenly) they could get the virus from their pet, because itSource: TIME

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Total Left-Field Weirdness Caused By CoronavirusSource: The Guardian

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IN JAPAN, DRINKING ONLINE WITH STRANGERS WHEN YOU'RE STUCK AT HOME IS NOW A THING. kaw MENU CETEE RIN You just start a chat on teleconferencing app ZoSource: VICE

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IN NEW DELHI, A XENOPHOBIC POLITICAL GROUP HOSTED A COW URINE DRINKING PARTY. CORONA Save Us corona! They think cow urine has medicinal properties thaSource: Deutsche Welle

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PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS BY MAKING CORONAVIRUS FILTERS. FoRoNuires They're mostly simple (but super-insensitive) attention grabs. Source: Mirror Online

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IN FEBRUARY, ALL CHINESE BANKS STARTED LITERALLY LAUNDERING CASH NOTES. JINZHOU BANK OF tRit a9. SRA . The process consists of using heat and ultravioSource: CNN Business

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BEAUTY INFLUENCERS ARE CREATING LOOKS DESIGNED TO BE WORN WITH FACE MASKS. To make this dangerous (in addition to being dumb), a lot of the looks showSource: Metro

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