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Katherine Ripley
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What does "Mercury in retrograde" mean? It's an astrological event which occurs three times a year, when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards. Of course, it's only an optical illusion, but people who believe in astronomy think that when Mercury is in retrograde, things go haywire. This list is full of crazy things that happened when Mercury was in retrograde.

Of course, the events on this list were probably not caused by Mercury being in retrograde, as there are far more catastrophic events that have taken place when Mercury was going forward like it's supposed to. Nonetheless, all of these disasters fall within the Mercury retrograde time period.
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Two Convicted Murderers Escaped Prison


Two Convicted Murderers Escape... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde
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Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, 2015. Mercury was in retrograde from May 18th to June 11th. Matt was shot and killed by police, and Sweat was captured alive in late June, after the retrograde was over.
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Deadly Tornadoes In The Midwest


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On March 13, 2012, violent tornadoes and thunderstorms killed dozens and injured hundreds in the South and the Midwest. Mercury was in retrograde from March 12th to April 4th.
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The 2011 London Riots


The 2011 London Riots is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde
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On August 4, 2011, British police shot and killed 29-year-old Mark Duggan. Two days later, riots erupted in London and lasted until August 12th. At least 1,500 people were arrested. Mercury was in retrograde from August 3rd to August 18th.
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First Ebola Death in the United States


First Ebola Death in the Unite... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde
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On October 8, 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die of ebola in the United States. Mercury was in retrograde from October 4th to October 24th.