34 Things That Happened Almost Exactly 3 Years Ago Before The Pandemic That Will Make You Question Reality

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It’s been three years since coronavirus lockdowns began.

Coronavirus under the microscope

Because “pandemic nostalgia” is a thing, let’s remember what life was like RIGHT before everything went to shit and everything changed…

A rendering of what the coronavirus looks like


Just one month before the pandemic began, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez played the Super Bowl halftime show.

The two superstars embrace after their Super Bowl performance

Little did we know, a few weeks later, we would all be quarantined.


At the beginning of the pandemic, Nick Cannon only had three kids…

Nick giving a thumbs up as he volunteers at the Los Angeles Mission

…now he has 12.

A closeup of Nick volunteering at the Los Angeles Mission


Remember Charlotte Awbery? She’s the lady who went viral for singing in the subway.

Charlotte Awberry in the subway before she went viral

She was HUGEly viral pre-pandemic. She went viral on Feb. 20, 2020…and was never heard from again.

Charlotte Awbery singing


Right before lockdown, everyone was talking about Cheer.


Tiger King came out and took over the internet as the world was going through its first wave of shutdowns.

The Tiger King posing with a tiger


And the first season of Love Is Blind was also everywhere at the time.


The Invisible Man was one of the biggest movies.


So were Sonic the Hedgehog and Bad Boys for Life.


The Grammys had just happened.

Lil Nas X holding his two Grammy awards backstage. He's wearing a brightly-colored cowboy outfit complete with the hat


Billie Eilish won a TON of awards.

Billie and her brother and collaborator carrying their boatload of Grammys


Lana Del Rey was dating a cop.

And she wore a dress from Dillards.

Lena kissing her boyfriend on the Grammys red carpet


Speaking of couples, before the pandemic, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green were still together.

The former couple pose together for a photo at a red carpet event


Jennifer Lopez was still with A-Rod.

The former couple sitting together at a basketball game


Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik hadn’t broken up.

The former couple walking arm-in-arm


Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello were still a thing.

The former couple smiling as Camilla holds an American Music Awards on the red carpet


And people didn’t say “it’s giving” in relation to anything and everything like they do now.

Someone taking a photo of Camilla Cabello and saying "It's giving...It's giving Cher"


The 2020 Academy Awards were one of the last major events before shutdowns.

Laura Dern and Renee Zellweger holding their Oscars backstage


We were all on a Parasite high.

The poster for Parasite featuring several people standing and sitting in a luxurious backyard with bars placed over their eyes


And thankfully, the movie took home Best Picture.

Bong Joon-ho kissing one of his two Oscars


Right before lockdown, people were still making Cats jokes.

Two people dressed as cats from the film at the Oscars


Everyone lost their damn minds over their reunion.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt smiling at each other and going in for a hug


Billie Eilish made this face, and people were real, real mad about it.

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

Little did we know this face would be the least of our problems a few weeks later…


Before shutdowns, people loved talking about Hustlers. Everyone was pissed about J.Lo being robbed of AT LEAST an Oscar nomination.

JLo and Constance Wu smile with their arms around each other at the premiere of Hustlers


Another extremely weird pre-pandemic thing was that just before the pandemic, there were SEVEN PEOPLE running for the Democratic nomination.

Seven Democratic presidential candidates standing on the debate stage


Pete Buttigieg won Iowa back in the beginning of February 2020. That was only a month before lockdown.

Pete speaking onstage during a campaign stop


Remember when Mike Bloomberg had a *chance*? He dropped out of the race on March 4…a week or so before we were all stuck inside.

Mike speaking during a debate while standing next to Pete Buttigieg


One of the last “major” “events” that happened in a pre-COVID world was that Mr. Peanut died and was reincarnated into Baby Peanut.

Baby Peanut looking up with big eyes


Just before “shelter in place,” the Pussycat Dolls reunited and delivered one of the best songs of 2020.

They were so unified and happy back then.

The group walking down the street while holding hands


In early 2020, Jessica Simpson was constantly in the headlines for her book.

Jessica holds up her book at a book signing


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

Harry and Meghan walking into a church hand-in-hand

That’s back before we all found out (against our will) about Prince Harry’s “frozen todger.”

A closeup of a stack of Prince Harry's memoir


“Social distancing” wasn’t anything anyone ever said or did.

A hand holding a Covid test


We never uttered the phrases “super spreader” or “flattening the curve.”

A healthcare worker holding a swab to administer a Covid test


Likewise, we had never talked about preferences for Moderna or Pfizer.

A bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine next to two syringes and a surgical face mask


And no one who wasn’t an actual doctor or nurse ever used the words “N-95s,” “PPE,” “variants,” or “quarantines.”

A used face mask on the ground

In conclusion, it was a simpler time and I just wish Charlotte Awbery well. I hope she’s doing okay.

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