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    36 Things That Happened Almost Exactly A Year Ago That Will Distort Your Sense Of Reality And Time

    Time means nothing.

    It's weird to think about, but...

    1. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performed at the Super Bowl halftime show at around this time exactly one year ago.

    Shakira and J.LO embracing at the end of their performance

    Like, those are real-life people in the crowd. No social distancing in sight.

    A year ago, "social distancing" wasn't even in our vocabulary.

    A concert filled with people in close proximity

    2. It's hard to believe, but Charlotte Awbery was discovered in the subway about a year ago to the day.

    Charlotte Awberry in the subway before she went viral

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

    Charlotte Awbery singing

    3. Trump was acquitted on both articles of impeachment by the Senate in early February 2020. That's a little over a year ago.

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

    The FIRST Trump impeachment feels like it happened a billion years ago.

    Trump holding USA Today with the headline "Acquitted"

    4. You probably already forgot that Nancy Pelosi tore up Trump's speech during the State of the Union in early 2020. It's weird to think that a little over a month later, we would all be stuck inside.

    5. Right before the coronavirus took over, everyone was talking about Cheer.

    "Daytona" this. "Daytona" that.

    Cheer feels like it came out 72 years ago, definitely not a little over a year ago.

    The coach from Cheer crying

    6. Speaking of TV shows, Tiger King came out 11 months ago, right at the beginning of lockdown — March 20, to be exact.

    The Tiger King posing with a tiger

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

    Love is Blind came out in mid-February 2020. We were so naive!

    8. Believe it or not, a year ago, people still went to movie theaters.

    9. The Invisible Man was in theaters.

    A large poster for "The Invisible Man" on the side of a wall featuring Elisabeth Moss and a handprint

    10. 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

    11. The Oscars happened a little over a year ago.

    Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger, and Joaquin Phoenix stand with their Oscars

    12. Everyone always forgets that Laura Dern won.

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

    13. 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

    14. We were still making Cats jokes then!

    Two presenters were dressed up as Cats

    15. A year ago, we were still talking about Hustlers.

    Keke Palmer, Cardi B, J. Lo, Constance Wu, and Lili Reinhart at the premiere of Hustlers

    J.Lo was robbed this. J.Lo was robbed that.

    Jennifer Lopez smiling with the Hustlers cast

    16. Bong Joon-ho won his Academy Award then too.

    Bong Joon-ho kissing one of his two Oscars

    17. Tom Hanks hadn't gotten the 'rona yet. Remember when he freaked out when they tried to cut off Parasite's Best Picture acceptance speech?

    Tom Hanks freaking out

    18. It's blowing my mind that the movie everyone was talking about a year ago was Parasite!

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

    Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston meeting

    The great Jen/Brad reunion happened around this time a year ago.

    20. Billie Eilish also made this face at the Oscars and people were mad.

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

    Feb. 9, 2020. One month later, we would be locked indoors.

    21. It's seriously impossible to believe that there were (at least) seven people running for president ONLY a year ago.

    Seven Democratic presidential candidates standing on the debate stage

    22. To put it in perspective: It's crazy to think that Pete Buttigieg won Iowa back in the beginning of February 2020.

     A woman at a campaign rally holding up a sign that says "boot edge edge"

    23. Also, remember Mike Bloomberg?

    Mike Bloomberg looking confused at the debate

    Mike Bloomberg dropped out on March 4. That was like a week before lockdown.

    24. Amy and Pete also dropped out right around then too. A few weeks later, we would be in a whole new world.

    25. Mr. Peanut died and was reincarnated into Baby Peanut about a year ago.

    26. The Pussycat Dolls, whether you know or not, reunited and delivered one of the best songs of 2020 a year ago.

    27. Jessica Simpson was constantly in the headlines for random parts of her book then too.

    Jessica Simpson at a book signing

    28. It feels like a trillion years ago we were trying to figure out if she got Nick Lachey a gift or not. It was only a year ago!

    29. At the end of February, almost exactly one year ago, Megxit was announced.

    30. The Grammys happened in early 2020 too.

    31. Billie Eilish won a TON of awards.

    Billie Eilish and her brother cradling several Grammy's in their arms

    32. Demi Lovato made her comeback.

    33. And Lana Del Rey was dating a cop.

    She wore a dress from Dillard's.

    34. It seriously feels like a different dimension, not a little over a year ago.

    Lil' Nas X holding two Grammys

    35. The NBA was still playing to packed arenas a year ago.

    Like, those aren't creepy-ass Black Mirror–esque LED screens. Those are real people sitting NEXT to each other.

    36. There were still full-on concerts a year ago.

    With real live audiences.

    And to emphasize, not a face mask in site! No social distancing!

    A few weeks later, this would all change...

    Two signs in a window telling people the facts about COVID-19 and encouraging people to wear masks

    To sum up 2020: Exactly one year ago, we were living in what feels like a parallel universe.

    Revelers ringing in 2020 in Times Square

    Take me back to a simpler time, like when Charlotte Awbery was our #1 queen.