True Stories The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde  

Katherine Ripley
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List Rules Vote for the most convincing evidence that there's something going on with Mercury.

What does "Mercury in retrograde" mean? It's an astrological event which occurs three to four 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 astrology 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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First Ebola Death in the United States

First Ebola Death in the Unite... is listed (or ranked) 1 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. 
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The Mass Shooting in Aurora Colorado

The Mass Shooting in Aurora Co... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde
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The infamous Aurora, Colorado, shooting occurred on July 20th, 2012. The shooter, James Holmes, went into a midnight screening of The Dark Night Rises and killed 12 people and injured 70 others. It was the deadliest massacre in Colorado since the Columbine shooting in 1999. Mercury was in retrograde from July 14th to August 8th.
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The BP Oil Spill Began

The BP Oil Spill Began is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde
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On April 20, 2010, an explosion on BP's oil rig the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers and began the worst oil spill in history. Over the next several months, 4.9 million barrels of crude oil would spill into the Gulf of Mexico. Mercury was in retrograde from April 17th to May 11th.
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Deadly Tornadoes In The Midwest

Deadly Tornadoes In The Midwes... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde
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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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