A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 22, 2020
“I ran out of toilet paper, so have begun using old newspapers… The Times are rough”

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic resulted in toilet paper shortages—and jokes. This was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on March 18, 2020:

“I ran out of toilet paper, so have begun using old newspapers… Times are rough.”

The pun is that the newspaper used as toilet paper is called the “Times,” such as the New York (NY) Times, A jocular slogan of the New York (NY) Times—frequently called the “paper of record”—has been the “toilet paper of record.”


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/thomasbrakeline March 18, 2020
I ran out of toilet paper, so have begun using old newspapers…
Times are rough.

Twitter
The Dagda
@Willbe13114556
When you run out of toilet paper, just start using old newspapers...Times are rough.
6:37 AM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Ólafur Waage
@olafurw
I ran out of toilet paper, so have begun using old newspapers… Times are rough.
11:24 AM · Mar 19, 2020·TweetDeck

Twitter
Casey Strom
@CaseyStrom
I ran out of toilet paper, so have begun using old newspapers.
Times are rough.
12:30 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Hootsuite Inc.

Twitter
Pebbles
@PebblesS
Since there is a toilet paper shortage I started using old newspapers…
-Times are rough NewspaperFace with tears of joy
You’re Welcome
4:20 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
I ran out of toilet paper, so have begun using old newspapers…
The Times are rough.
5:23 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Facebook
Brady Niesen
March 19, 2020 at 5:35 PM ·
I ran out of toilet paper, so have begun using old newspapers…
The Times are rough.

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/QueueTee314 March 22, 2020
I ran out of toilet papers, so I have started using old newspapers.
The Times are rough.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/UnholyRingbearer8819 March 22, 2020
I ran out of toilet paper so I had to start using old newspapers
The Times are rough

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Sunday, March 22, 2020 • Permalink