The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde

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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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    The Earthquake in Haiti

    The Earthquake in Haiti
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    On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 220,000 people, destroying 60 percent of government infrastructure, and rendering 180,000 homes unlivable. Mercury was in retrograde from December 27, 2009, to January 15, 2010.
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    The BP Oil Spill Began

    The BP Oil Spill Began
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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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    The Mass Shooting in Aurora Colorado

    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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    George Zimmerman Was Acquitted

    George Zimmerman Was Acquitted
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    On July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder for Trayvon Martin's death. Mercury was in retrograde from June 26th to July 20th.