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35 Things That Happened Weeks Before The Pandemic That Will Make You Question Reality, Space, And Time

Time means nothing.

One of the weirdest things to do is revisit the weeks and months before the pandemic, when life was, well, normal. As we're approaching two years since "normality," let's take a look at what was going on in the world then...

1. It's hard to believe, but Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performed at the Super Bowl halftime show *just* a month or so before the pandemic began.

The two superstars embrace after their Super Bowl performance

It's so weird to think we would be in lockdown weeks later.

Shakira and JLo dancing back-to-back

2. Remember Charlotte Awbery?

Charlotte Awberry in the subway before she went viral

She went viral on Feb. 20, 2020. That's like three weeks before C*VID.

Charlotte Awbery singing

3. Trump was acquitted on both articles of impeachment by the Senate about two years ago.

Donald Trump holding up "The Washington Post" front page with the headline "Trump acquitted"

It's weird to think that happened just before lockdown.

Trump holding USA Today with the headline "Acquitted"

4. Remember this? It's strange to think that not long after, we would all be stuck inside.

5. Right before the pandemic, everyone was talking about Cheer. Like, it was the biggest show on TV.

6. Tiger King came out right at the beginning of lockdown — March 20, to be exact. It was the only thing keeping us sane.

The Tiger King posing with a tiger

7. Another TV show that feels like it came out a trillion years ago is the first season of Love Is Blind.

The drama!

Love Is Blind came out in mid-February 2020, FYI.

8. The Invisible Man was in theaters then.

9. Sonic the Hedgehog and Bad Boys for Life were playing too.

Jim Carrey wearing a plain blazer and t-shirt at the premiere for Sonic the Hedgehog

10. The Academy Awards were one of the last major events in a pre-'rona world.

Billy Porter posing on the red carpet in an elaborate print-and-feathered gown and heels

11. Let's give credit where credit is due and remember that Laura Dern rightfully won.

Laura Dern smiling over her shoulder as she holds up her Oscar

12. We were still making Cats jokes then!!

13. We were also still talking about Hustlers and arguing about J.Lo being robbed of AT LEAST an Oscar nomination.

14. We were also on a Parasite high.

15. Bong Joon-ho won an Academy Award, and everyone was happy.

Bong Joon-ho kissing one of his two Oscars

16. A pre-'rona Tom Hanks freaked out when they tried to cut off Parasite's Best Picture acceptance speech.

Tom Hanks freaking out

17. What a time to be alive!

18. Remember how everyone lost their damn minds over a relationship that has been over for almost two decades?

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston meeting

That whole Jen/Brad "reunion" happened right before the pandemic.

A cursed meeting? Maybe.

19. Billie Eilish also made this face at the Oscars, and people were mad because that's what happens nowadays.

Billie Eilish is very confused and disgusted by what Mya Rudolph said

Feb. 9, 2020. One month later, the whole world would be in lockdown and we'd be wondering why we even cared about this in the first place!

20. It's SO WEIRD to think that just before the pandemic, seven people were still running for president.

Seven Democratic presidential candidates standing on the debate stage

21. To put it in perspective: It's so weird to think that Pete Buttigieg won Iowa back in the beginning of February 2020. A month before lockdown!!!!

22. Also, remember Mike Bloomberg?

He dropped out of the race on March 4, which was like a week before lockdown.

23. One of the last "major" things that happened in a pre-COVID world was that Mr. Peanut died and was reincarnated into Baby Peanut.

That was weird.

24. The Pussycat Dolls, whether you know or not, reunited and delivered one of the best songs of 2020 at the beginning of all of this.

Now, the reunion tour is canceled and the group is in shambles.

Take me back to when I had hope in a unified PCD!

25. Jessica Simpson was constantly in the headlines for random parts of her book.

26. It feels like a trillion years ago that we were trying to figure out if she got Nick Lachey a gift or not — like, that was THE topic of conversation.

27. At the end of February, just before lockdown, Megxit was announced.

That feels like forever ago.

28. The Grammys happened just before the pandemic.

29. Billie Eilish won a TON of awards — like, she could barely hold them.

30. And Lana Del Rey was dating a cop.

She also wore a dress from Dillards, which was a whole other thing.

31. Basically, it's just bizarro world to look back at the time period JUST before the pandemic began.

32. Two years ago, "social distancing" wasn't in our vocabulary. Like, we literally spoke nothing of it.

A concert filled with people in close proximity

33. It's weird to think we never used words or phrases like "super-spreader," "flattening the curve," "the jab," or "vaxxed."

34. No one talked about "N-95s," "PPE," "variants," or "quarantines."

35. We were so innocent.

If we only knew...

Revelers ringing in 2020 in Times Square

In conclusion, I just really hope Charlotte Awbery is well. Really, I wish her the best.