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40 Forgotten Pandemic Trends From 4 Years Ago That Feel Like They Are From An Alternate Universe

Yeah, we were all losing it.

It's blowing everyone's minds that we are four years out from the p*ndemic.

Sign reading "SCHOOL CLOSED" in front of a building, indicating a temporary closure

Because it seems like "pandemic nostalgia" is a thing right now, let's take a look at all of the forgotten trends of the time...

1. Making dalgona coffee:

Person's hand drizzling whipped coffee over milk in a glass, surrounded by scattered coffee beans

2. People doing the "Pillow Challenge" on Insta:

3. The "nature is healing" meme:

with everyone on lockdown, the lime scooters are finally returning to the river. nature is healing, we are the virus. pic.twitter.com/I0IbCfiMnj

— ronnie (@taladorei) March 26, 2020
Twitter: @taladorei

4. Changing your Zoom background to something "quirky":

5. Changing your Zoom avatar to something like a potato:

my boss turned herself into a potato on our Microsoft teams meeting and can’t figure out how to turn the setting off, so she was just stuck like this the entire meeting pic.twitter.com/uHLgJUOsXk

— clegg (@PettyClegg) March 30, 2020
@PeggyClegg / Via Twitter: @PettyClegg

6. And obviously, the dreaded Zoom Happy Hour:

Person raising a glass in a virtual toast with friends on a tablet screen

7. Obsessing over Tiger King:

8. And also Carole Baskin:

Smiling woman in floral print outfit at an event

9. Celebrities making songs about washing your hands:

Gloria Gaynor washing her hands to I Will Survive is the hand washing video I didn’t know I needed pic.twitter.com/3HotD7RsS6

— grant👨🏻‍🦱 (@urdadssidepiece) March 12, 2020
@GloriaGayner / Via Twitter: @urdadssidepiece

10. Hoarding toilet paper:

OK Seattle, I literally just needed like a roll of toilet paper? 🧻 🤷🏻‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/oMiGBoCdgR

— Jess T-R (@torrezriley) March 3, 2020
@Torrezriley / Via Twitter: @torrezriley

11. Hoarding meat:

A shopping cart filled with packages of raw meat

12. Basically, hoarding basically everything except Corona beer:

Corona: The perfect drink for social distancing because no one wants it #coronavirusuk pic.twitter.com/NWUH2Ck9i4

— James Hurley (@jameshurley_) March 21, 2020
Twitter: @jameshurley_

13. Stores being sold out of all bottled water except Dasani:

Y’all. Is Dasani really that bad?!

This is literally the only water left of the shelves. 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/Dfkk2P3Nip

— Ty Jackson (@Ty__Land) March 12, 2020
@TY__Land / Via Twitter: @Ty__Land

14. Not being able to find hand sanitizer anywhere:

Sign on store shelf limiting disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, and face wipes to 6 per guest due to high demand

15. The former Governor of New York's daily presentations:

It’s Saturday. Wear a Mask. pic.twitter.com/9dvJ0Gxu4z

— Archive: Governor Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 27, 2020
Twitter: @NYGovCuomo

16. Everyone joining TikTok and doing dances, like the "Blinding Lights" dance:

@the.mcfarlands tiktok.com

17. March 1 vs. April 1 memes:

march 1 / april 1 pic.twitter.com/3zZpyutTGd

— no (@zedonarrival) April 1, 2020
MGM/ Twitter: @zedonarrival

18. Buying a Peloton:

Exercise bike in a living room with a TV and bookshelves

19. Getting a quarantine dog or cat:

20. Baking sourdough bread:

Person kneading dough on a wooden surface

21. Making fun of celebrities for doing embarrassing things:

22. Buying a Nintendo Switch and playing Animal Crossing:

Person holding a game console with 'Animal Crossing' on the screen

23. Clapping for essential workers:

I hope this video of Priyanka clapping gets referenced on the WAP remix pic.twitter.com/BhceyDrymr

— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) August 19, 2020
@NickJonas / Via Twitter: @feistyfrank

24. Making fun of celebrities for clapping to empty fields for essential workers:

when Priyanka Chopra asked Nick Jonas to record a video of her clapping her hands on her balcony pic.twitter.com/uLYq7AJCRR

— Hurt CoPain (@SaeedDiCaprio) March 24, 2020
Twitter: @SaeedDiCaprio

25. Becoming addicted to online shopping:

Package protruding from an overstuffed mailbox at a roadside

26. Doing lots of puzzles:

Throwback to that time I spent the first months of the pandemic working on a 9,120-piece puzzle. 😵‍💫 pic.twitter.com/WHJBLLs17c

— Jennifer Public Radio (@AmbientSynthy) February 21, 2022
Twitter: @AmbientSynthy

27. Hyper realistic cakes:

These Are All Cakes pic.twitter.com/ejArkJHaid

— Tasty (@tasty) July 8, 2020
@Tasty/ @redrosecake_tubageckil / Via Twitter: @tasty

28. The memes about thinking everything is a cake:

I know a cake when I see one. https://t.co/iS3y3BPywD

— 🤙🏽🎟 TeeJay™ 🎒🤟🏽 (@AintEeenTrippin) July 12, 2020
Twitter: @AintEeenTrippin

29. Never knowing what day of the week it was:

When someone asks me what day of the week it is pic.twitter.com/tNH5QNucyC

— R4 (@kupiy) May 9, 2020
Twitter: @kupiy

30. The "hope this email finds you well" meme:

"hope this email finds you well" pic.twitter.com/GtR4NhxLLF

— emmad - عماد (@emmadmazhari) July 12, 2020
Twitter: @emmadmazhari

31. Love is Blind:

32. Cottagecore:

I am living my cottage core fantasy today. pic.twitter.com/Wb3klm5D0W

— Veronika (@mediocre_legend) May 2, 2020
Twitter: @mediocre_legend

33. Tie dye:

Five tie-dye shirts hanging on a line, indicative of past fashion trends

34. Cutting your own bangs:

Person trimming their bangs in front of a mirror

35. And gay guys buzzing their hair off:

Person shaving head with electric clippers, visible hair growth on sides, smiling

36. Taylor Swift Folklore/woods memes:

Taylor Swift out here really doing the most during a pandemic pic.twitter.com/nX1qBVvwgt

— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) July 23, 2020
NBC / Via Twitter: @noradominick

37. Celebrities doing random online events:

4 years ago today, Charli XCX does a Instagram Live DJ set for Grindr. pic.twitter.com/XQg2plaMzE

— hourly charli xcx (@hourlyXCX) March 27, 2024
Grindr/ Twitter: @hourlyXCX

38. Everyone you know doing Instagram Lives:

Jill Zarin is doing an Instagram Live with Cindy Barshop and everyone thinks it’s Carole Radziwill. pic.twitter.com/eNdfjXkyJm

— Brendan (@notbrendan) July 3, 2020
Twitter: @notbrendan

39. Buying Crocs unironically:

An assortment of various styles of Crocs footwear displayed on a retail store rack

40. And lastly, the #2020challenge: