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EVEN IN THE darkest of times, humor can be a beneficial countermeasure to adversity. Here are examples related to our adapting to Covid-19.

Bobbleheads. In Science, April 29, 2020, Meagan Weiland reported on “Fauci Mania!” She writes, “Anthony Fauci’s burgeoning fame as a steady voice within the White House corridors and beyond reached new heights in April, with release of a raft of merchandise in his honor, including a bobblehead.”

Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx. Image from Science, April 29, 2020.

The National Bubblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says these bubbleheads are $25 a piece, with $5 of each donated to The Protect a Heroes Fund to Support the 100 Million Mask Challenge.

The company has other bobbleheads in preparation, governors, mayors, and other significant personages, with similar donations going to appropriate charities.

My Evolving Image. Awhile back, when we were able to visit such nice people, Joni asked “How do you want it cut this time?”

I gave this serious thought: Bank president? Symphony Conductor? Yes, I said, “Go with the symphony conductor.”

A recent photo.

Does anyone know where I can download an image of a 7-11 door jamb?

Dr. Fauci Plush Doll. As reported by ABC 13 News, the New England Toy Company, Simsbury, Connecticut, has a 12-in. soft plush Dr. Fauci that comes with an attachable cape. The doll’s price is $25, with $5 donated to the CCMC COVID-19 CCMC Emergency Fund or the Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connecticut (4-CT).

The Dr. Fauci Soft Plush Doll.

Its ad reads, “Holding him instantly makes you feel safe, more calm, and relaxed.”

A Jay Leno Joke. Jay also finds humor in this madness, as shared with Jimmy Kimmel during a virtual interview (where, indeed, Jay was actually hiding in Jimmy’s backyard foliage):

A fellow recovering from Covid-19 and wearing a surgical mask asks the nurse, “Will you check whether my testicles are black?”

The nurse is aghast. She reads him a riot act about the propriety of the nursing profession and limits of its responsibilities.

He pleads, “Will you check whether my testicles are black?”

She relents, checks him, and says, “Sir, you look perfectly okay.”

The guy rips off his mask and says, “What are you doing?? I only asked whether my test results were back!!”

Brad Pitt’s SNL Bit. As reported by, April 28, 2020, “Fauci Praises Brad Pitt’s ‘SNL’ Impersonation: ‘He did a great job.’ ”

Image from NBC News. See also Dr. Anthony Fauci, Cold Open—SNL

Noted one commenter to the video: “The last 20 seconds of this sketch, Brad Pitt was more Presidential than Trump has been over the last 3 and a half years.”

My Dammit Trump. Our friend Karen gifted me with a 12-in. stuffed doll from Dammit!Dolls.

Our 45th President.

A patch on his back reads, “Whenever things don’t go so well/ And you want to hit the wall and yell,/ Here’s a little Dammit Doll/ That you can’t do without./ Just grasp it firmly by the legs/ and find a place to slam it./ And, as you whack the stuffing out,/ Yell ‘Dammit! Dammit! Dammit!’ ”

Being the objet d’art it is, I don’t actually follow this advice. Don’t you love his eyes and hair? ds

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