No bones controls TikTok feeds

A poster in the Schlegel Center for Social Justice shows the daily prediction from Noodle.

It’s very common to hear people talking about a weather forecast, or even their daily horoscope, to determine what kind of day will be ahead. However, no one would have guessed that Jonathan Graziano and his 13-year-old pug Noodles would foresee the futures of millions of people.

On July 13, 2021, Graziano uploaded a video on TikTok introducing a game called “No Bones” where every morning, he picks up his pug Noodles and tries to set him on his front feet. If Noodles can do it, it’s a Bones Day, which means that it’s going to be a good and productive day. If he flops back down, it’s a No Bones Day, which means that it’s going to be a lazy day, and that you should focus on self-care.

This simple game swept TikTok by storm, with each new video getting upwards of a million views. Graziano and Noodles even starred on the TODAY Show to do a live reading (I’ll save you the Google search: it was a Bones Day).

The TikTok account @jongraz now has 3.7 million followers, and the likes on each of his videos total 36.9 million. Even with these huge numbers, this trend grew more and more popular on other social media accounts such as Instagram and Twitter.

There are a few different and interesting interpretations of what Bones and No Bones Days really mean. Some say that it determines what attitude you’re supposed to have, and it doesn’t necessarily predict what the day itself holds. Others say the opposite, or even both. “I think a Bones Day gives you motivation to do what you want to do,” said sophomore Ro Gaertner. “The fact that there’s a very old pug trying his best to stand up on his own, it’s very inspirational… so I can stand up and get through my day as well.”

As soon as sophomore Becky Vires heard about Noodles, she was hooked. “Anyone know if today is a Bones Day? I’m obsessed with this pug,” said Vires. It was clear that millions of people felt the same way, including many people on campus. This trend is loved by many, and its fame has spread outside of TikTok and gone to multiple social media sites, including a Twitter account dedicated to relaying whether a given day is a Bones or No Bones Day. Even our own SCSJ building on campus puts up different signs for each day! Truly, Noodles and his occasional lack of bones has spread to everyone’s daily lives.

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