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The Pandemic Started 4 Years Ago, Here Are 43 Things That Happened Back Then That Will Make You Question Reality

Welp, it's been four years since the pandemic started in 2020.

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Because the pandemic completely messed with everyone's sense of time and place, let's look at some genuinely surprising things that happened just before and at the beginning of the pandemic that feel like a billion years ago...

Just weeks before the pandemic...

1.Shakira and Jennifer Lopez were the joint Super Bowl headliners.

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It's wild to think that we would all be quarantining just a few weeks later.

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2.Remember the voice of an angel, Charlotte Awbery?

Charlotte Awberry in the subway before she went viral

She went viral for singing in the subway on February 20, 2020.

Charlotte Awbery singing

Unfortunately, her career completely stalled after the world shutdown.

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3.Tiger King had just premiered in 2020.

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4.The first season of Love Is Blind was also everywhere.

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5.It's wild that we're currently on season 6.

"Promotional poster for 'Love is Blind Season 6' featuring silhouettes of couples in hexagonal frames with premiere date."
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6.The biggest movies in theaters were The Invisible Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Bad Boys for Life.

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7."Dance Monkey" by Tones and I, "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi, and "Good As Hell" by Lizzo were the biggest songs.

8.The Grammys had just happened, and Lil Nas X won a ton of awards for "Old Town Road."

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9.Lana Del Rey was dating a cop, and wore a dress from Dillards to the show.

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10.Billie Eilish also won every major award.

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11.At the beginning of 2020, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green were still together.

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12.Jennifer Lopez wasn't back with Ben Affleck. She was still with A-Rod.

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13.Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello were still dating.

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14.And Elon Musk didn't own Twitter, and was still with Grimes.

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15.Just before lockdown, Parasite had won big at the Academy Awards.

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16.People were still making Cats jokes.

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17.Everyone was freaking out over Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston reuniting.

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18.And Ellen was still on TV.

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Christopher Polk / NBCU Photo Bank

19.Four years ago, people were still pissed about J.Lo being robbed of her much-deserved Hustlers Oscar nomination.

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20.There were SIX people running for the Democratic nomination.

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21.Mike Bloomberg was still a candidate for president.

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22.And Pete Buttigieg had just won Iowa.

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23.It's hard to believe, but at the end of February 2020, Megxit was announced.

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24.In early 2020, "social distancing," "super spreader," "flattening the curve," "N-95s," "PPE," "variants," or "quarantines," weren't in any of our vocabularies.

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25.We had never seen one of these extremely long Q-tips.

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26.We had never talked about Moderna or Pfizer.

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27.And we had never felt like amateur doctors/scientists conducting our own Covid tests.

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28.Then, one day, everything shut down.

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29.People were fighting over toilet paper in grocery stores.

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30. People became obsessed with washing their hands to the tune of "Happy Birthday."

Twitter: @FinancialDidi

31. And celebrities started tweeting out jokes.

Twitter: @alyankovic

32. As Kacey Musgraves said, everyone felt like it was the weird time period between Christmas and New Year's when no one does anything.

Twitter: @KaceyMusgraves

33. Vanessa Carlton iconically tweeted, "Don't go downtown."

Twitter: @VanessaCarlton

34. Celebrities posted fake videos of people on balconies dancing to their songs.

Twitter: @Madonna

35.People panic bought the most random things, like Diane Kruger's husband who bought boxes and boxes of potatoes.

36.Tom Hanks was the first *major* celeb to come out with Covid.

37. Most people forget that Idris Elba and his wife were next.

Twitter: @idriselba

38. St. Patrick's Day was the first major holiday during the Covid era, and celebs pleaded for people to stay in.

Twitter: @druidDUDE

39. Taylor Swift's cat listened to those rules.

Twitter: @taylorswift13

40. At the beginning of the pandemic, Priyanka Chopra clapped to an empty field.

@priyankachopra/ Twitter: @feistyfrank

41. Seth Rogen watched Cats.

Twitter: @Sethrogen

42.And we all CRINGED at that "Imagine" video, which for some reason, is still up.

Lastly, I'll leave you with a fact...

43.At the beginning of the pandemic, Nick Cannon had three kids...

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...now he has 12.

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