Most of us have been in lockdown for over a week now, and it's becoming more and more clear that this is not how humans were meant to live. We're getting weird. Truly, seriously weird. It turns out that staying at home is boring. We're all turning to some odd behaviors to keep ourselves entertained. And don't even start on how irritating family members are. When I told my husband "in sickness and in health" I did not mean "24/7 for multiple weeks in a pandemic."
But if there's one person who knows how to make us smile no matter what's going down, it's our boy Jimmy Fallon. He asked the Internet what they're doing with all this boredom. And in true Internet fashion, people delivered. If you're looking for ideas of how to stay entertained (or what not to do) check out these amazing examples of #ImSoBored to get some inspiration.
It all started with Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show: Home Edition.
It's time for Tonight Show: At Home Edition Hashtags! Tell us a funny thing you've done to pass the time in quarant… https://t.co/MuNvOjGx2T— jimmy fallon (@jimmy fallon)1585590923.0
It quickly became clear that many of us had straight up lost our minds.Weirdly many people decided to start organization projects that were 100% purpose-free. You will never use this!
Ok now this is a project we can get behind.
#ImSoBoredI started organizing my vintage baseball cards by coolest mustache. 🤫 #MLB #thehobby #collect #whodoyoucollect #tradingcards— Thrillpack Cards 👊 (@Thrillpack Cards 👊)1585677642.0
Perhaps some of these projects were taken on as a kind of meditation.
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI I counted every grain of rice (9387), poured all contents on shiny engineered dark wood fl… https://t.co/zM4ZgHEQ7e— Obarasan (@Obarasan)1585669509.0
But other people did try to do something practical with their time.
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI taught myself clarinet so my son wouldn’t fail 5th grade beginner band. https://t.co/j9zN0466Tt— melinda skiles (@melinda skiles)1585674330.0
Someday there will be an entire genre of stories dedicated to "parenting during quarantine."
Sent the children outside to play and they brought home their prizes. She did release it. #ImSoBoredI https://t.co/yuzsIjULva— Rachel (@Rachel)1585632073.0
If the parents aren't ripping their hair out over what their kids are doing, they're fighting back.
#imsoboredi teamed up with my husband to create memes to send to our kids so we can hear them groan from two rooms… https://t.co/prblniLgYR— Cara Brooke (@Cara Brooke)1585605279.0
Can you imagine being quarantined with a baby?
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI stack snacks on my sweet babe while he’s sleeping. 😂😂 https://t.co/65KnBozK4J— snackstackinmama (@snackstackinmama)1585659280.0
Another quality way of creating entertainment out of your children is to offer them an impossible project.
@jimmyfallon #imsoboredI made my daughter try to figure out how to open the canned Corned Beef https://t.co/oZ6T4pNNWK— SjSharksgirl (@SjSharksgirl)1585592048.0
If everything else fails, pretend that your child is the local fauna.Take a wildlife documentary. Narrate it in the style of David Attenborough. Opine the bad habits of this beast.
Because at least you haven't reached the state of this family yet.
#ImSoBoredI my sister-in-law was@trying to keep@her kids on a schedule. This is today’s update... https://t.co/XgiprtDE3V— cjo (@cjo)1585606547.0
If you're not a parent, perhaps you're a teacher.
#ImSoBoredI sunk down to my students’ level and started a @tiktok_us account. https://t.co/XSZTW84BlH— Blake Richter (@Blake Richter)1585675277.0
You can also embarrass anyone who knows you if you post a video sad enough.
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI win. Every time. https://t.co/fzTvEthl1i— Shay Cheese (@Shay Cheese)1585664981.0
But when you're alone you have to use a little bit of imagination to stay entertained.
@jimmyfallon i put on music in different rooms of the house and pretend i’m at a music festival. sometimes i’m forc… https://t.co/2B5axfTcen— angela goldstein (@angela goldstein)1585666865.0
If that's not enough excitement for you, you can always do something immensely stupid.Get out a bike. Create incredibly unsafe obstacles. Add fire. Now go!
Sometimes stupidity doesn't have to come with danger.
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI pulled Rock Band into the bathroom for entertainment during my poopisodes! @FallonTonight https://t.co/ZpkD2GKHXS— Susie Chambley (@Susie Chambley)1585670600.0
If none of those brands of stupid appeal to you, just be straightforward.Nothing says "I've lost it" like taping food to your face. On the other hand, those eyebrows are on fleek.
Enough of the goofiness. Now for a project that is truly important:
#ImSoBoredI deconstructed all my IKEA furniture and put them back together again.— @laithAA1396 (@@laithAA1396)1585674916.0
Ok, now here's a truly useful one.
@jimmyfallon My son trained our cat to roll over 😹#ImSoBoredI https://t.co/Ql0TEf5Los— Jacqui Jones (@Jacqui Jones)1585677289.0
Or if you don't have a pet, teach your child.
#ImSoBoredI taught my one year old to walk confidently without holding onto furniture. I regret that now.— heavyhog (@heavyhog)1585592774.0
Some people have decided to do projects on their home.
#ImSoBoredI I've been working hard on increasing the value of my home. https://t.co/TJCj1U1UJs— Kelley B (@Kelley B)1585601422.0
If you're truly alone in your lockdown there are some options for you.
#ImSoBoredI started painting objects in my garage to look like Wilson https://t.co/aEa9js19yU— The none and only Bill wears a damn mask (@The none and only Bill wears a damn mask)1585592871.0
Or you could spread some joy.
#ImSoBoredI my neighbor got out his Santa suit and drove around the neighborhood waving at cars passing by and neig… https://t.co/1JojXWBof6— Lynn Rosebrock (@Lynn Rosebrock)1585593718.0
Boredom can lead to some amazing and interesting questions.Like "what can I put in my hair straightener?" The answers may shock you. But I will definitely use this to pop popcorn in the future. Because it's practical.
Maybe you're more artistically inclined than practical.
#ImSoBoredI took professional photos of my sons action figures getting married with all their “friends” in attendan… https://t.co/Vu7VtoiRVi— Aly (@Aly)1585612375.0
Speaking of weird art, let's talk about this Rube Goldberg-esque contraption.
@jimmyfallon we worked 2 full days on this and now we don't know what to do #ImSoBoredI https://t.co/ajDwMEYU8m— Allen Schepens (@Allen Schepens)1585611676.0
Photoshop also counts as art.
#ImSoBoredI started redoing @jimmyfallon’s hair https://t.co/19SgZqWo62— René Fris (@René Fris)1585599530.0
No matter what you do, do not go to work.
#ImSoBoredI dressed my cat and sent him to work in my place. https://t.co/vLb5rllIwh— Jill Safran (@Jill Safran)1585593392.0
Anything you do is better than work.
One time I was so bored I duct taped my entire leg including my toes. #ImSoBoredI @FallonTonight https://t.co/DomZPSOqJj— Acadia Reece (@Acadia Reece)1585591342.0
Any form of connection with other people is now the height of entertainment.
#ImSoBoredI I have started making videos with my dog and sending them to my family. https://t.co/kERhUUzboA— K.A. Rupp (@K.A. Rupp)1585615117.0
Speaking of pets...Irritating the s*** out of your cats is a popular quarantine choice. This cat looks particularly evil with his whisker twirls.
But that cat's not the only evil one.
#ImSoBoredI harassed my babies to whole new levels https://t.co/oZ3LrhcaRo— Andy Mangione (@Andy Mangione)1585628096.0
If you don't have pets, annoying and confusing your children is another great option.
#ImSoBoredI we created a meet the teacher flyer for our new roles https://t.co/vwYtiISOQj— Sarah Murphy (@Sarah Murphy)1585620781.0
And if the kids keep acting like tiny fools...
#ImSoBoredI Started licking the children. https://t.co/oVUaGxsW2k— Jay 4 underscores Dee (@Jay 4 underscores Dee)1585620134.0
And then there are the poor, unfortunate souls with no pets or children.
Day 17 of quarantine and #ImSoBoredI made a friend out of an orange. His name is Carl. https://t.co/tnZx403v9M— ⚡Sparky⚡ (@⚡Sparky⚡)1585620566.0
Maybe the answer isn't in waiting for someone else to keep you occupied.
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI I created a new Mission Impossible movie starring my dog 🤣 https://t.co/xQZF19yM2E— Ann Singh (@Ann Singh)1586119830.0
Or in making bizarre pranks for your spouse.
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI Spent $1,200 buying both of my sister's their dream dogs and got myself a new friend, John… https://t.co/5dkqkwAdAu— Premierbargainsllc@gmail.com (@Premierbargainsllc@gmail.com)1586096391.0
You could take up a new hobby.
#ImSoBoredI I'm practicing my evil laugh https://t.co/84t32iZcae— devon arstrong (@devon arstrong)1585620615.0
Or you could send messages to your loved ones.
#ImSoBoredI mailed a piece of toilet paper to my son https://t.co/MP0cj8xZvw— katherine (@katherine)1586081680.0
Here's where it starts to get truly buckwild:
#ImSoBoredI actually started doing my homework / Corona assignments. Never did this before :D— Sherlock0109 (@Sherlock0109)1586132105.0
If you want to keep smiling until that apocalypse...
#ImSoBoredI I gave my dogs eyebrows https://t.co/nBcz9CqYnX— LilysaysWoof! (@LilysaysWoof!)1586057821.0
Or you could just wait for your pet to do something interesting.
#imsoboredi waited with my phone ready to get a video of my cat opening the door https://t.co/Ai6q6eA5eC— FivePurpleStars (@FivePurpleStars)1585596364.0
Maybe you want to try recreating the simple pleasures of your everyday life.
#ImSoBoredI put my bra on just so I could take it off. https://t.co/1vIgX9GsQ9— LuAnn McLane (@LuAnn McLane)1585602979.0
If you're at home long enough, you do start to wonder if your cats really are seeing something you aren't.
@jimmyfallon #imsoboredi watched my cats watching a piece of ice for 10 minutes https://t.co/Hwl13QLolO— Jenna (@Jenna)1585594563.0
If that doesn't satisfy the quarantine itch, you could take up crafting!
#ImSoBoredI I knitted a dust bunny hay for the cat https://t.co/8g0iWpZObr— thebonecollector (@thebonecollector)1585592121.0
Masks are a great thing to craft.
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI made my husband a mask from his Crown Royal bag😆 https://t.co/OfosZty2UU— LisaF (@LisaF)1585602283.0
Speaking of personality...Imagination is an important ingredient in surviving lockdown. Even if you're using that imagination to create your own reality TV show in the toy room.
Here's one that will blow your mind.Read the sentence backwards. Does it hurt your brain yet? Also how long did this person have to stare at the sentence before realizing that?
Speaking of exciting discoveries...
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI finally folded all my laundry and discovered there was a chair underneath!— 𝓚𝓪𝓽𝓮𝓵𝔂𝓷 (@𝓚𝓪𝓽𝓮𝓵𝔂𝓷)1585591032.0
Other piles are far more amusing.Like the pile of bushes you hide the walkie talkie in to terrify your neighbors. This is brilliant.
Speaking of brilliance...
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI ...renamed all the rooms in my house so I could say that today I went to the gym, headed i… https://t.co/v7YeaUqiGd— Tracy Peterson (@Tracy Peterson)1585592797.0
People are doing all kinds of wacky things.
@jimmyfallon I'm so bored that I didn't have to lie...I actually DID read the terms of agreement!! #ImSoBoredI— Joseph Leavell (@Joseph Leavell)1585592021.0
And now someone's taken it even further.
#ImSoBoredI told the Jehovah’s Witnesses, yes, I would love to talk about Jesus! @jimmyfallon @FallonTonight— CK (@CK)1585593428.0
Now HERE'S a good idea.
@jimmyfallon #imsoboredi started a dance party outside and my neighbor caught us and filmed it from her window...… https://t.co/rSRZ9DWp82— Quarun-Tim (@Quarun-Tim)1585593089.0
You could show off the space you're spending all your time in.
#ImSoBoredI made a MTV Cribs style video of myself around my house https://t.co/1vuLG0zVFT— Erica Marasco (@Erica Marasco)1585600995.0
If you get truly weird you can start naming things.
#ImSoBoredI gave all our canned soups names. Yesterday we ate Split Peter.— jimmy fallon (@jimmy fallon)1585590953.0
You could create a fresh personality for your pet too!
@jimmyfallon #ImSoBoredI made a toga for my dog out of an old T-shirt. https://t.co/EtSo4abqje— Emily Pugina (@Emily Pugina)1585591660.0
@jimmyfallon #Imsoboredi made jello out of beef broth... mmm, mmmm good? https://t.co/N7QGOeqV7f— Stevenstevestir (@Stevenstevestir)1585594938.0
Let's cleanse the palate a bit.
#ImSoBoredI made a video of bacon frying. https://t.co/GgOlqdO82Y— Derek Chu 🍕🌮🥓🍜 (@Derek Chu 🍕🌮🥓🍜)1585594425.0
But in all seriousness, some people are doing really wonderful things.
#ImSoBoredI started making gifts for my neighbors. https://t.co/sELnJXCPre— Rosalind Thibodeaux (@Rosalind Thibodeaux)1585598811.0