Twitter’s newest trend is a twisted travel game for the quarantine era.
It’s the “I know a spot” meme: people suggest a “cool” place to go, which turns out to be a destination you don’t want to visit. For example:
men be like “i know a spot” & then take you to rock bottom— ratatouille (@nussyrox) June 26, 2020
Meme-tracking website “Know Your Meme” traced “I know a spot” to a June 22 tweet mocking unimaginative date spots. Just eight days later, everyone on Twitter wants to take you somewhere. People are using the meme to heap adoration on their favorite K-pop stars, take unsubtle potshots at ex-partners and, of course, remind followers to stay home:
Dr. Fauci be like “I know a place” and then tells you it’s your home.— Jesus Jiménez (@jesus_jimz) June 30, 2020
It should come as no surprise that the Internet’s Jews know a lot of spots and are very insistent you go to all of them, right now. Here’s a selection of their best suggestions.
These (in)famous Biblical locales.
hashem be like “i know a spot” and then it’s a perfect garden haven made especially for you but your wife befriends a snake and eats a piece of fruit and now you must toil the land and know hardships— shoshana || שושנה (@TheTonightSho) June 29, 2020
hashem be like “i know a spot but you’ll have to be enslaved there for 400 years before escaping in the middle of the night with unleavened bread” and then makes you escape to egypt in a famine— shoshana || שושנה (@TheTonightSho) June 29, 2020
Avraham will be like “I know a place” and then takes you to a mountain to slaughter your oldest son https://t.co/ThRxQ5DPx7— ᴇʟɪsʜᴇᴠᴀ ✡︎ ᵇˡᵐ (@jewish_lgbt) June 30, 2020
The 20th-century socialist movement.
20th century jewish socialists be like “i know a place” and take you to a Bund meeting— samantha/שֵׁײנָא✡️🏳️🌈🏴🚩 (@koshersemite) June 28, 2020
The ubiquitous 1990s bathroom couches.
Kids in synagogue in the 1990s be like “I know a spot” and take you to the couches in the bathroom— Talia Kaplan (@tkaplan27) June 28, 2020
An empty, cry-ready sanctuaries.
Shul Staffers be like, “I know a spot” and then take you to the social hall kitchen for a frozen brownie and then to the empty Sanctuary for a daytime cry.— My Shul Called Life (@RogueShul) June 28, 2020
The vestibule of your synagogue — not to be missed!
Jews will be like “I know a spot” and then one hour later you’re still waiting for them to finish saying their goodbyes at shul so you can leave— maimonides nutz (@maimonides_nutz) June 30, 2020
And if you’re single, you’re obviously not going anywhere else.
Jewish grandmothers be like “I know a spot” and then take you to synagogue to find a husband— ilovematzah (@ilovematzah) June 30, 2020
Your mom’s favorite destination.
Jewish mothers be like “I know a spot” and then take you on a guilt trip— vivushit (@vivushit) June 29, 2020
No explanation of this spot needed.
ashkenazim be like “I know a place” and then take you to the corner pharmacy to buy lactaid— ᴇʟɪsʜᴇᴠᴀ ✡︎ ᵇˡᵐ (@jewish_lgbt) June 28, 2020
The basement where they’re keeping the menorah (if you don’t understand this tweet, read this immediately).
Jews be like “I know a spot” and then take you to the Vatican basement to gaze upon the Menorah— Alex (@JewishWonk) June 29, 2020
His mother’s house — no matter where you go, you’ll always come back.
jewish boys be like “I know a spot” and take you to their mom’s house— sarah shtern is cancelled (@shterminator) June 29, 2020
Irene Katz Connelly is an editorial fellow at the Forward. You can contact her at email@example.com.