13 Funny Ways To Survive Trump's Inauguration Day

by Lani Seelinger
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So, it's Inauguration Day. The big one. The day Donald Trump becomes president of the United States. Below, I included a picture of a guy surfing with a dog, because if there's anything I'd like to be doing today, it would definitely be surfing with a dog. Unfortunately, I don't have a dog and I live in a landlocked country, so that's out. Luckily, however, the internet is full of funny ideas for how to get through Inauguration Day. No waves, no dog, no problem!

This is definitely a treat yo'self day, whether that means buying yourself a delicious and greasy lunch, turning off all forms of communication with the outside world, or getting on a surfboard with your four-legged friend (dreams). This could also be a day when you force yourself to think just a little bit harder about the country that you love and the world you live in, and a day you ask others to do the same. Or maybe this is a day you'll force yourself to watch the whole thing — with a glass of something potent in hand. Tomorrow, we fight. Today, we get through it. Preferably while surfing with the dog pictured below.

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Without further ado, here are the best ideas that the internet has on how to spend the day.

Do A Little Light Reading

It's the dawn of a new age, but that doesn't mean you can't learn from the past. Plus, Trump and Putin seem to be besties, so maybe you'll get some good tips.

Toast European Unity With A Dirty Martini

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Times Higher Education published a piece about what some academics will be doing on this fine January day, including a British professor at Georgetown University, Duncan Wu, who will be attending the inauguration. During the actual ceremony, he says, he'll unfurl a European Union flag when Trump is sworn in. After the ceremony, he says that his plans are to "adjourn to the Trump International Hotel (so-called), or the building that I call the Post Office, on Pennsylvania Avenue, where I will toast European unity with a Dirty Martini."

Stick it to the man, Professor Wu.

Believe In Action Movies

Sure, I've seen Armageddon. Who says Bruce Willis won't be there to save us all this time? Harry Potter destroyed Voldemort once, who says he won't be there to thwart Donald Trump right as he puts his tiny little baby hand on the Bible?

Cover Your Eyes

If you can't see it, it's not happening. Repeat after me. If you can't see it...

Hold Onto Your Loved Ones

If you're buried in your best friend's shoulder, then it's not happening. Repeat after me. If you're buried...

Hark Back To A Better, Fictional Time

Obama's administration may be ending, but Josiah Bartlet's administration is forever.

Groom Your Cat Or Eat Tacos

I mean, why not just do both? Then everyone wins.

Go To The Bathroom

What could be more satisfying than using some Trump toilet paper during his swearing in? I mean, besides him not getting sworn in, that is.

Tune Out The World

Not that I advocate getting passed-out drunk, but a little booze is OK, right? Maybe start with a White Russian...

Watch Puppy Videos

I asked my boyfriend to send me texts of random dog breeds throughout the day so that I could look up videos of them. It has worked wonders. Try this GIF, then look up the Norwegian Elkhound (swoon).

Play Bingo


Make Some Themed Recipes


Cooking can be relaxing, so try out an Inauguration Day recipe or two. If you don't feel like playing with fire today, there are also some good inaugural cocktail recipes.

Literally Just Scream

Feeling pent up? A bit worried about what the next four years will bring? Wondering how the country possibly could have come to this? Angry at the people who brought this upon you? Sad to see Obama leave the Oval Office for the last time? Missing him and his family already? Have so many emotions and just don't know how to express them? Get it all out. Scream. Scream. Scream as loud as you can. And then keep screaming. Tire yourself out screaming. And then wake up tomorrow ready to fight.

The internet is a funny place, and there are surely even more funny ideas out there. Go looking for them! Or go out on your surfboard with your dog.