Much has been made for years – together with in a current National Geographic cowl story – of Costa Rica’s place at our close to the highest of varied worldwide happiness rankings. The methodology of these rankings is a dialogue all its personal, however I do know one factor for certain: there’s nowhere else I’d fairly be on the finish of the world than Costa Rica.
Why? Because I’ve but to find something that this nation can’t make a joke about, and am sure that because the zombie apocalypse sweeps the globe, the mushroom cloud seems and Preppers retreat into their bunkers, Costa Ricans would obtain the catastrophe with as a lot calm and good humor as anybody probably may, full with one thing or different on the grill and a few chilly beers.
What we would name “gallows humor” in English is a advantageous artwork in Costa Rica, and this tendency has been accelerated on this age of Tweets, memes and gifs. Earthquakes are inclined to put all of this on show, as many Twitter customers acknowledged sheepishly final night time after a big quake shook the Central Pacific coast and far of the remainder of the nation.
Even because the nation caught its collective breath, mourned two deaths, and relived many earthquake traumas which are actually no laughing matter, many turned to humor as a type of launch. From the #Cementazo to Johnny Depp to at least one TV reporter’s sadly chosen sweater, nobody was immune.
Repretel sportscaster Joseph Fernández () summed it up greatest. “Chronology of an earthquake a lo tico: Earthquake. Worried messages. Audio. Meme. Responses to the nervous messages. Audio. Meme. Audio. Audio. Audio. Audio. Audio. Meme… Costa Rica in its fullest expression.”
Here are just a few extra sights from round Twitter final night time and this morning. Videos embody some ripe language not acceptable for kiddoes.
1. “My sainted mother during the #TemblorCR.”
2. “Me: Okay, I’m going to sleep. Earth: …”
three. User @keibianchini made a abstract of how totally different individuals react to an earthquake, together with “my mother yelling at me from downstairs,” “Facebook guy,” “Twitter girl” and navigation app Waze:
four. Brown pants figured prominently among the many meme-iverse. “I’m not going to lie to you…”
5. And it’s not an actual meme fest till Barack Obama turns up. Here, he’s the “after” portion of a earlier than/after break up display screen labeled, “Me, during the earthquake. Me, now, with the audios and memes.”
6. We’ll wrap issues up with some Costa Rican earthquake humor historical past: no earthquake or temblor can come and go lately with out somebody, or extra probably dozens, posting this video of U.S.-Costa Rican TV persona Jill Paer reacting to a quake throughout a 2009 tv interview. Then as now, an opportunity to poke enjoyable at others, or ourselves, after a real scare, are an integral a part of the Costa Rican temblor expertise.