Some people wake up and check the weather, others check their horoscope, but the latest thing to do is to check if Noodle has bones or not.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Noodle is Jonathan Graziano’s 13-year-old pug. Every morning he posts a video on his TikTok account @jongraz where he plays the game “no bones” with Noodle. The game is simple, and involves chicking if Noodle has bones or not that morning. If Noodle can hold himself up, it’s a bones day. If he can’t, it’s a no bones day.
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Today? A bones day.
Bones days and no bones days have taken on a meaning of their own based on Graziano’s corresponding commentary. Noodle acts as an indicator of what the day will bring. He’s like a combination of a horoscope and the Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow.
Noodle suddenly has a lot of power.
A bones day is a day to treat yourself and get shit done. They are motivated and energetic days that you take by storm. No bones days, on the other hand, are for taking it easy and relaxing.
In today’s video, Graziano tells his followers “It’s a bones day on Monday! This is so exciting. You know what to do, you’ve got to treat yourself today. The Japanese fried chicken you were going to order for lunch? Get the curry to dip with it. All those festive gourds? Buy them! That raise you deserve, but haven’t asked for yet? You totally deserve it! Ask for it.”
Granziano’s TikTok boasts almost 2 million followers and over 17 million likes. The tag #noodletok has almost 90 million views. The bones day phenomenon has spurred a ton of content from other creators.
In a TikTok posted by @morgandrinkscoffee she demonstrates “how it feels going to work when it’s a bones day.” In another TikTok by @mlmclands, she writes “my biggest mistake today was that I didn’t check the bones forecast this morning.” Both videos have over 300,000 likes.
It’s absurd that we are letting this geriatric pug determine what kind of day we are going to have, but the videos are fun and engaging, and maybe what we all need right now. Graziano’s commentary in each video is warm, energetic, and well, inspiring. It’s nice to have someone tell you how to spend your day.
No matter what kind of day it is, bone or no bones, Graziano spins it into something positive and urges us to go and live our best lives.