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  • January 2020, new year, new decade, new youYou can't believe how pumped you are for  

  • what's sure to be the best decade ever, it's  2020 after all- that's as futuristic as you  

  • can get! We're talking hoverboardsself-driving cars, cure for cancer,  

  • and at long last rumors that Keeping Up  With The Kardashians is getting canceled!

  • But just one month into 2020 and it  becomes obvious that 2020 is not your friend.

  • 2020 came back with a vengeance to  kick the world in the nuts. Global pandemic, India  

  • and China at each other's throat, North Korea  threatening to launch nukes at everyone, and oh,  

  • Keeping Up With The Kardashians is getting another  season- yeah, 2020 is the scumbag Steve of years,  

  • but here's a bunch of other terrible crap you  probably missed in the worst year of your life

  • 10. People miraculously  survived an airline disaster 

  • There were a handful of disasters in  the skies this year, with the worst  

  • one being the pre-virus mid-air explosion of  Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.  

  • All of the 176 people on that flight were killedobliterated after their plane was hit by two  

  • missiles fired by the Iranian armed forces. We guess most of you heard about that one,  

  • but you might not have heard about the disaster  that happened on May 22. That involved Pakistan  

  • International Airlines Flight 8303. The flight took off from Lahore and  

  • was in the air just over an hour when it put out  a mayday call, saying that it had lost its engines  

  • and it would have to make an emergency landingThe next thing that happened was the aircraft was  

  • seen hurtling towards a neighborhood in KarachiLike a burning phoenix, its wings on fire,  

  • it crashed into buildings filled with people. Amazingly, only one person in the neighborhood  

  • died. Maybe even more amazing is the fact that two  people from the 99 passengers on board survived.  

  • One of them later recounted how the pilot  had told the passengers that the landing was  

  • likely going to betroublesome.” He said the next  thing he knew he was climbing through the rubble  

  • of broken buildings and he could hear people were  crying and screaming. Someone grabbed him and he  

  • was whisked off to the nearest hospital. It's generally thought that the back is  

  • the best place to be sitting if you're onplane that has to make an emergency landing,  

  • but the two survivors were both sitting  near the front in seats 1C and 8F. 

  • That's just a warm-up, far worse is to come. 9. Serial killers didn't go away 

  • Serial killers don't generally take a break during  a pandemic, although their hunting grounds during  

  • lockdowns might be less densely populated. It's hard to say just how many serial killers  

  • are active at any given time. Some experts think  that in 2020 in the USA alone there were possibly  

  • 2,000 serial killers. A former chief of the FBI's  Elite Serial Crime Unit said in 2015 that there  

  • were maybe 25 to 50 serial killers active  that year. In 2020, they didn't just go away

  • Take for instance thesmiley face  murders”, something we imagine not  

  • many of you have heard about. This creepy  case involves young men in the Midwest who  

  • were found dead in bodies of water. Did they  merely drown? Some investigators think no

  • You see, the bodies of some 45 men were  found dead in the water, but the thing was,  

  • they all fit a similar profile. They were youngwhite, athletic, and popular. Maybe they were just  

  • drunk because a lot of victims had been at parties  prior to getting wet. What's super-strange,  

  • though, is close to where they were found there  was graffiti nearby of a smiley face. If they were  

  • killed, right now there is someone or some people  out there that you should be very afraid of

  • Other estimates tell us that two percent of all  murders in the U.S. each year are committed by  

  • serial killers. It can just take a long time to  track them down. Take the case of Samuel Little.  

  • He started killing in 1970 and didn't stop until  he was arrested in 2012. The FBI has said that  

  • he was behind at least 50 murders, but Little  himself has claimed to have killed 93 people.  

  • How many people like him were doing their thing  in 2020? It's likely there were quite a few

  • 8. Regular murders didn't go away either 2020 isn't over yet as we write this,  

  • even though many of you likely wish it wasIt's too early to put together the murder  

  • statistics for the year, but right now the  FBI is saying in the U.S. the murder rate has  

  • increased by 15 percent from the rate in 2019. If you think that's bad, a report released by  

  • the Council on Criminal Justice stated over the  summer in 27 big cities in the U.S. the murder  

  • rate increased by 53 percent. Many people  have asked what is going on in some cities,  

  • such as Chicago and New York where  murders have dramatically increased

  • The answer is no one really knows. Maybe it was  a result of lockdowns. Maybe it was connected to  

  • the protests. Maybe it was the hot summer weatherOthers think that lockdowns have caused an upswing  

  • in domestic violence while others have said  they've interrupted the flow of illegal drugs.  

  • Another thing is people have been buying more  guns this year than in previous years. It will  

  • be interesting to see what happens in 2021. Now for something out of this world

  • 7. We were nearly hit by an asteroid In August this year, NASA said the earth  

  • came pretty close to being whacked by an asteroidThe Near-Earth Asteroid actually set a record in  

  • that it came closer to earth than any other NEA  NASA had ever seen before. It measured around 10  

  • to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) in width. Something  like that could cause some amount of damage  

  • if it were to actually hit the earth, but  the good news is that NASA said it would have  

  • likely broken up if it had gotten any closer. The bad news is NASA has said at some point  

  • the Earth is going to get slammed by a piece of  space rock big enough to do significant damage  

  • to a country or continent. You might have missed  this while you were watching all that virus news,  

  • but there were articles this year talking about  NASA's “Double Asteroid Redirection Test.” That  

  • basically entails firing a rocket into an asteroid  that's gotten a little too close to comfort

  • Ok, it's time to get biblical. 6. Fires, floods, famine 

  • If you read the bible you might be familiar with  the Book of Revelations. The writers of the texts  

  • promise humankind that one day there will bekind of reckoning. There is talk of things such as  

  • floods, fires, famine, pestilence, war, and blood,  a lot of blood. 2020 hasn't been a huge year for  

  • wars, but as for the rest, it has certainly met  its disaster quota. As you all know, it's been  

  • a big year for pestilence, but that's not all. This year the U.S. media said California  

  • experienced its worst wildfires in decadesThe LA Times wrote that the fires were bigger,  

  • more destructive, and they led to the worst  air quality in 20 years. Over the last decade,  

  • the fires in California have been bad pretty much  every year, but 2020 could have been the worst

  • Prior to the virus getting going, Australia  also experienced some of its worst wildfires.  

  • If you look at the fires that raged in some  parts of South East Asia, they were bad, too,  

  • although a lot of that had to do with agricultural  burning. All in all, it was a bad year for fires.  

  • It was much worse for animals, with 500 million  of them dying in fires in Australia alone

  • As for floods, it wasn't a great year, eitherFloods in East Africa took 453 lives and destroyed  

  • the homes of almost half a million people. In  China, at least 219 people died in floods and over  

  • 54,000 people were left homeless. Many regions  were affected, with experts saying the floods were  

  • the worst since 1998. Flooding in India, Nepaland Bangladesh was also especially bad in 2020.  

  • Hundreds of people died, and around 4.5  million people were displaced from their homes

  • Was it a bad year for famine? Well, the Covid-19  pandemic had its hand in people not getting  

  • enough food. The World Food Program reported  in September that with a combination of Covid,  

  • climate change and ongoing conflictsclose to 270 million people could starve

  • So, there you go, 2020 was a terrible year for  the threesome of fires, floods, and famine. The  

  • next problem is making matters much worse. 5. Locusts caused unbelievable damage 

  • Swarms of locusts ravaging crops are also  something you can read about in the bible.  

  • In case you didn't know, 2020 wasbad year for those eating machines

  • In 2019 and 2020, a locust plague spread  through parts of the Middle East and Africa.  

  • Swarms of the insects also feasted in South  America. 23 countries were affected in all

  • The reason the massive swarms exist is due to  a few factors, but mainly it's because there  

  • was more rainfall than usual in some parts of the  world, and that created perfect conditions for the  

  • locusts to breed. Not only that, restrictions  on travel during the pandemic helped create a  

  • perfect storm. Help couldn't be received where  help was needed. Some countries have seen the  

  • worst infestations for decades, as people in  Ethiopia, Somalia, India, and Kenya, will attest

  • Getting sick from a virus might be the last thing  on your mind when you see a swarm of 80 million  

  • locusts heading towards you. Such a swarm  can eat as much in one day as 35,000 people

  • 4. A hyperactive volcano It wouldn't be a bad year without at least one  

  • volcano erupting. That happened at the start of  the year in the Philippines. The Taal volcano blew  

  • its lid and scared residents senseless when they  saw great plumes of ash and steam filling the sky  

  • for miles above their heads. If you think you've  got problems, imagine living next to a pressure  

  • cooker that has the power to wipe you out. It was a big deal. The airport in Manila  

  • was closed. Thousands of people were told  they had to be evacuated from their homes.  

  • The authorities issued a level-4 warningand with level 5 being the worst of all,  

  • it meant get the hell away from that thing right  now. They also said the volcano could spew again  

  • soon, and the next explosion could be even worse. Unfortunately, some people couldn't just get up  

  • and leave. Others wanted to make  sure their cows and pigs were ok.  

  • That's one of the reasons people died. In all,  39 people lost their lives. Only one of them  

  • died as a direct result of the initial explosionwhile others perished because they stayed home

  • Now we'll talk about something  that was a world-first

  • 3. The Big Bang It started with a fire at the  

  • Port of Beirut. The fire got bigger and there was  an explosion followed by some smaller ones. A few  

  • people got out their smartphones and recorded the  fire, and thanks to them and CCTV, one of the most  

  • shocking things ever captured on video happened. That was a massive explosion followed by a  

  • supersonic blastwave that wrecked buildings  in its path. Then we saw a huge mushroom cloud  

  • form in the air. It was remarkableIt was like nothing we've ever seen,  

  • and that's why we have to include it on this  list even though you probably know all about it

  • If you don't know the ins and outs, the blast  left behind a 460 foot-wide (140 meters) crater.  

  • Its depth was around 141 feet (41 meters). It  destroyed just about everything in its vicinity.  

  • In fact, it was so powerful that it blew out  windows 5 miles (9km) away. One of the worst  

  • things was the explosion destroyed silos full  of grain, a loss that worsened food shortages  

  • in a country already suffering from a financial  crisis and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis

  • It was called one of thelargest  non-nuclear explosions in history”  

  • and said to be only about ten times smaller  in intensity than the nuclear bomb dropped  

  • on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945. Poor storage of ammonium nitrate was to blame,  

  • but the question a lot of people asked is  why weren't they told about this storage

  • In total, 204 people died. 6,500  people were injured, and it left  

  • 300,000 people without a home. Some of those that  died were the firemen attending the original fire,  

  • and unfortunately for them, they didn't know  about the huge amount of ammonium nitrate

  • This next one could be a problem for the future. 2. Tweet, tweet, boom 

  • You should ask yourself this question: Could  problems arise if some of the most powerful  

  • people in the world were hacked and their social  media accounts posted content not from them

  • Yes, you're thinking, that would beproblem. Some Twitter accounts hacked in  

  • July included billionaire, Elon Musk; the  richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos;  

  • and the second richest person, Microsoft  founder Bill Gates. Other hacked accounts  

  • included the then U.S. presidential candidate  Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama

  • It turned out that the masterminds behind the  hack were two young folks from the U.S. and a  

  • British teenager. The three kids managed to pull  off the worst social media hack of all time. Ok,  

  • so they only did it to scam a bit of money, but  what if someone could hack a very important person  

  • and post a dangerous message? The last thing we  need is a declaration of nuclear war via Twitter.  

  • No war would be started this way, but as some  security experts said, an account in the wrong  

  • hands could cause a global security crisis. 1. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 

  • Just kidding, after everything you've heard  today what that couple of lovebirds is doing  

  • isn't something you need to be thinking about. Now you need to watch this,  

  • Why Is The Government Terrified Of  This Hacker?” Or, have a look at this,  

  • Worst Natural Disasters in Human History.”Other  Terrifying Things That Happened in 2020

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