Today is Friday the 13th and usually, people would be talking about how unlucky the day is. But, for the short period of just 2 months and a few days, this year has felt pretty unlucky throughout.
A lot of memes have surfaced about how 2020 is possibly going to be a terrible year, recounting all the events that have happened through these 2 months. What is it that has lead people to believe that this may be a terrible year?
Here are some things that have happened in 2020 already, that have taken away all hope from netizens.
1. The Coronavirus Outbreak
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world, and hard. With 134, 930 cases and 70,396 deaths worldwide from the virus, people have been on their toes since the beginning of the year. Somehow, people also seemed to be very annoyed that they have to use sanitizers 24/7 and maintain basic hygiene - but apart from that, people have been very disturbed by the tolls of the outbreak.
2. World War III Threat
The Trump administration on 3rd January assassinated the Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani. Known to be the second-hand man to The Supreme Leader of Iran. In response to the killing of General Soleimani, Iranian leaders and politicians issued fiery statements promising revenge.
This lead to a lot of panic and stress for netizens as World War III rumours broke out and so did the WW3 memes. Iran seemed vengeful and a lot of people were genuinely worried that they may be drafted into a war.
3. The Stock Market Is Falling And Cryptocurrency Is Affected
The other outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is that the economy has been heavily impacted. While some are rejoicing the cheap flight tickets and hotel stays - very cynically so, - others are worried by the very real economic impacts otherwise.
Stock market values are seeing a very shocking low, as is with cryptocurrency and those who have investments fear they will lose a lot of money in a short period of time.
4. Australian Bushfires Continue
Though the Australian Bushfires broke out in 2019, and have now come under control - until February the bushfires seemed to have no hope of revival. Regardless of that, the damage was deep and irreplaceable. A lot of people were affected by the bushfires, not just the natives but also the environment, animals and land.
5. The Death Of Kobe Bryant
Just about 20 days into January 2020, Kobe Bryant - basketball legend - passed away in an unexpected helicopter crash. His fans and family both were devastated and couldn't cope with the sudden loss of such a huge name. Along with Bryant, his 14-year-old daughter also passed away in the same crash - which was even more upsetting to his fans and family.
6. NBA Season Gets Cancelled
The N.B.A. abruptly suspended its season on Wednesday after a Utah Jazz player was found to have tested positive for coronavirus moments before a game began in Oklahoma City. Since the player had been in contact with mics, locker room, and many other players - the NBA decided to suspend the season in adherence to the safety protocol for COVID-19.
Fans of the NBA were surprised by the last-minute decision and a lot of Twitter users went on to say that 2020 is possibly the worst year so far.
These were some of the highlights of the terrible things that have happened over the last two months, but apart from this there was - the Jakarta flooding, a flight being shot down with an Iranian missile plane, the Peurto Rico earthquake, the Trump impeachment trials and a whole lot more.
This year so far seems bleak for netizens, and they don't seem to have any hopes for the rest of the year either. Do you think 2020 could get better or worse?