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It’s something that became popular during the first wave of the pandemic: paint pebbles and leave them in parks, along trails… People see them, sometimes take them home (treasures for kids!), leave their own, arrange them in patterns. A way to feel connected with each other without actually being together. Just like the internet, but with pebbles…


  1. kestrel says

    That’s pretty cool, and something I would definitely take part in… If I did not live way apart from other humans. But I love this idea. I think it’s a great way to connect.

    I’ve always loved the idea of someone paying for someone else’s meals, and then the chain reaction where THEY pay for someone ELSE’S meal. I think that is really cool. Sometime people need to be reminded to be kind to each other. I wish it were not the case but it appears that it is.

  2. lochaber says

    Marcus @ 2>

    only slightly related, but down the block from me, there is a section of sidewalk that is frequently drawn on. Judging by the artwork, and lack of any words, I suspect it’s mostly young children. One day, there was something that suspiciously resembled a cartoon-version of the corona virus, with a smiley face. :)

    I’m guessing it’s something they picked up on TV and such, and just replicated it in their sidewalk chalk doodles without necessarily knowing the connotation, or maybe it was just me seeing a pattern in nonsense, but either way, I found it amusing.

  3. says

    @xohjohn2n, probably not for very long, since it is outdoors, in the sun, rain and wind. The consensus seems to be that SARS-CoV-2 transmission through fomites is very uncommon. Prevalent is transmission through droplets and aerosols -- indoors.

  4. lumipuna says

    I’d find it irresistable to paint them to look like coronavirus.

    This year’s favorite Christmas decoration will be those oranges prickled with spice cloves.

  5. StevoR says

    During Covid lockdown we’ve been putting plush toys and messages out for viewing by kids when allowed to walk past. Been a good idea and some nice ones. Put a cat toy shaped like a white kitten out in the tree in my front yard.

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