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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 28, 2020
“Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead”

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic caused many libraries to close. A pickup line joke was posted on Twitter by Jill in Virusland on March 19, 2020:

“‘Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.’ #SocialDistancingPickUpLines”

The saying had been used earlier. “Since all the libraries are closed… you mind if I check you out instead? #governmentshutdownpickuplines” was posted on Twitter by Black heart on October 2, 2013.


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.

Twitter
Black heart
@m666gen
since all the libraries are closed… you mind if I check you out instead?
#governmentshutdownpickuplines
4:23 PM · Oct 2, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jill in Virusland
@Jillinvirusland
“Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.” #SocialDistancingPickUpLines
2:04 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
ParkAve
@backwoodstacks
“Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.” #SocialDistancingPickUpLines
5:35 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
P.S.Y.C.H.O.
@Marwan_psycho
Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.
7:54 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter Web App

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March 19, 2020
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Jill in Virusland
@Jillinvirusland
“Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.” #SocialDistancingPickUpLines
1,799
2:04 PM - Mar 19, 2020

BuzzFeed
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Guys on Hinge be like: “Looking for my quarantine queen.”

Posted on March 22, 2020, at 3:22 p.m.
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3.
Jill in Virusland
@Jillinvirusland
“Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.” #SocialDistancingPickUpLines
1,799
2:04 PM - Mar 19, 2020

Twitter
Doc
@DocAtCDI
Since all the public libraries are closed can I check you out instead?
Baby do you need toilet paper?  I can be your prince Charmin
Without you my life is as empty as the supermarket
hey babe, can I ship you a drink?
1:56 PM · Mar 26, 2020·Twitter Web App

BoredPanda
March 27, 2020
People Are Coming Up With Genius Quarantine Pickup Lines And Here Are 34 Of The Best
Giedrė Vaičiulaitytė
BoredPanda staff
(...)
#17
Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/geminirich March 27, 2020
COVID-19 Pick-Up Lines
If COVID-19 doesn’t take you out… Can I?
Is that hand sanitizer in your pocket or are you just happy to be within 6 feet of me?
Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.
You can’t spell virus without U and I.
Baby, do you need toilet paper because I’m your Prince Charmin.
I saw you from across the bar. Stay there.
Without you my life is empty as a supermarket shelf.
Hey Babe! Can I ship you a drink?
You can’t spell quarantine without “U-R-A-Q-T”.

Twitter
Lanndo
@Lxnndo
Since all the public libraries are closed… can I check you out instead?
12:10 PM · Mar 28, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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