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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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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 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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First Ebola Death in the United States
First Ebola Death in the Unite... is listed (or ranked) 3 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 United States' Credit Rating Was Downgraded
The United States' Credit Rati... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Craziest Things That Have Happened While Mercury Was Retrograde
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The United States had a AAA bond rating (the highest rating you can get) until August 6, 2011. Ratings agency Standard & Poor lowered the United States' rating, in the midst of arguments in Washington over how to cut spending to reduce the national debt. Mercury was in retrograde from August 3rd to August 18th.
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