Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 85-years-old, is the eldest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. On Thursday, November 8th, she suffered three broken ribs after a fall in her office. Ginsburg, who has long been a reliably liberal voice on the court, is beloved by Democrats nationwide, and her health is a consistent concern—especially considering Republican President Donald Trump has already had the opportunity to nominate two staunchly conservative Supreme Court Justices in the first two years of his presidency.
When news broke of Ginsburg's fall, Twitter was quick to offer whatever services were necessary to make sure she is ok:
[throwing a robe over Kate McKinnon and hastening her onto the bench] folks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is fine— Dave Itzkoff (@Dave Itzkoff) 1541687267.0
If Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs ribs I have like dozens of them that I'm not using, let's do this— Anna Merlan (@Anna Merlan) 1541687151.0
For the good of the nation Ruth Bader Ginsburg must wear one of those inflatable sumo wrestler suits for the next 2… https://t.co/62CGy1PS9d— Jason O. Gilbert (@Jason O. Gilbert) 1541687017.0
Whatever RBJ needs, Twitter is eager to get it to her.
I hereby donate all of my ribs and organs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca) 1541690123.0
Someone find that lab that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton and take RBG there immediately.— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid) 1541686793.0
It's like $83 at Wal-Mart. I'll personally pay for it. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This is your new home. https://t.co/oZdSn7HALo— Jarrett Bellini (@Jarrett Bellini) 1541687321.0
Twitter may have to come to terms with the fact that not everything can be solved with a crowdfunding campaign.
gofundme for a 20 foot thick bubble wrap inside which ruth bader ginsburg will be placed for at least 2 years— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1541688518.0
Um, God take me instead? https://t.co/nB5509kmMq— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1541687514.0
Why is there not a team of spotters walking within an arm's length of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at all times? And why is… https://t.co/N5Q16MNGP0— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1541689290.0
Ultimately, most of the internet's jokes came from a place of fear.
boy I hope RBG’s close friends and family are extremely offline and can focus 100% of their emotional energy on the… https://t.co/Rpsf8oAeWS— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole Cliffe) 1541688283.0
We’re with you, RBG. Get well soon. Please. https://t.co/4mT5rXMjfp— Maris Kreizman (@Maris Kreizman) 1541687704.0
The most popular response to the news, by far, was the offer of a rib transplant.
How does one go about signing up to donate a rib? Asking for a friend. https://t.co/SxjLZvJeo5— Dave Min (@Dave Min) 1541694433.0
If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in need of a rib, @nytpolitics @nytimes, please contact me. I will happily donate… https://t.co/lmSW1n5w7H— Julie Connor, Ed.D. (@Julie Connor, Ed.D.) 1541690305.0
I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE, TAKE MY RIBS INSTEAD https://t.co/3p929Q42xj— rishi (@rishi) 1541687376.0
take my ribs, RBG...take them all https://t.co/YVeG0vtVGW— Greg Rokisky (@Greg Rokisky) 1541687054.0
Of course, there may be better solutions.
@AP RBG needs to be protected at all costs until at least 2020. Non slip shoes, check her brake lines, check gas li… https://t.co/heJSeItp8C— Chocolate Boy Wonder (@Chocolate Boy Wonder) 1541686872.0
Whether or not any of them were actually helpful, I'm sure RBJ will rest just a little bit easier knowing people everywhere are wishing her well and hoping for her swift recovery.
By my count about 12,475 of you have offered all your ribs to RBG so she should be set for at least the rest of this administration.— Madison Malone Kircher (@Madison Malone Kircher) 1541688745.0