The ’90s had that mood-ring trend; the aughts featured the first major influx of celebrity astrologers. The 2010s saw a resurgence of mainstream interest in tarot cards. The 2020s? Noodle, a pug whose “bones” or “no bones” status predicts the energy of the day.
This 13-year-old pug named Noodle has taken TikTok—and, by the transitive property, America—by storm.
Over 3 million people tune in on the regular to find out whether Noodles has “bones” or “no bones” today.
And, if you follow that old formula that 1 year for a human is like 7 years for a dog, Noodle is a formidable 91 years young. No wonder he sometimes has “no bones” days. And, as is explained in the videos, “no bones” days are days where we should all take it easy on ourselves.
For the record, of course Noodle technically always has bones. But he doesn’t always look (or act) like he has them. As in the video above, on “no bones” days, Noodle will be moved by his human, Jonathan Graziano, into a standing position—then immediately sink back into a soft, angelic canine puddle, as though he has, you guessed it, no bones at all.
Most mornings, as it turns out, are “no bones” mornings. And that’s not a bad thing—although “no bones” days are not good days, psychically speaking, for acts of bravery or daring:
On “bones” days, however, Noodle will stand up on his own, to get out of bed and greet the day.
Or, at least, he’ll remain standing as he waits for Mr. Graziano to pick him up and move him. He is, after all, a 91-year-old human inside the body of a 13-year-old pug. (Mr. Graziano, by contrast, is only 30.) And “bones” days are go-getter days! The force will be strong among us, and with us. We can take those steps we want to take but have been uncertain about actually pulling off:
And, in a testament to the strain of living through these Pandemic Times, people from all walks of life are tuning in for Noodle’s “readings”—and taking advantage of whatever message they carry for the day.
“No bones” days are for wearing comfy pants and prioritizing self-care and gentleness; “bones” days are days for feeling brave enough to get things done. And, if you’re a state governor, to tell your constituents to get things done:
Professional sports teams can also be seen weighing in on the posts, attributing wins and losses and game-day morale to Noodle’s “bones” or “no bones” readings. From celebrities to political figures to regular people across the TikTokverse, everyone who knows of Noodle seems to put a lot of emotional weight on what kind of day he thinks it’s going to be.
His human, Mr. Graziano, thinks the explanation for this lies not in Noodle’s psychic abilities, but in the way his cuteness can console those who feel trapped under the weight of the world.
“I think people are just hanging on by a thread,” Mr. Graziano told the New York Times. “I think people are tired. I think they’re scared. I think they’re stressed out, and I think they really need a distraction.”
Mr. Graziano, who manages corporate social media accounts for a living, understands the anxiety, fear, and stress brought on by the pandemic and other recent political events. Especially for those who spend a lot of time online, as he does, what you read or watch on the internet can literally ruin your day.
“Twitter is where I ruin my day more often than anywhere,” he told the NYT. “I’ll get a glass of water at 4 a.m., absent-mindedly open Twitter, and just think, ‘Oh my gosh, I ruined my day before it even started.’ How on earth is this the world we’re living in?”