2018 is crawling to a close, and if it hasn’t necessarily been a banner one for you……take heart, it ain’t the worst.
CNN is reporting that a team of scientists and historians have determined that 536 AD was the worst time to be alive on earth. So what made things so terrible? Where should we start??
There was a gigantic volcanic eruption in Iceland, and the resulting ash cloud kept the northern hemisphere in the dark for approximately 18 months. This, in turn, dropped temperatures to their coldest and led to mass crop failure and starvation. More volcanic eruptions followed, and a few years later, the bubonic plague took off across the Roman Empire from Egypt to Europe, taking as many as 50 million lives.
Though things improved about three decades later, they didn’t fully pick back up until 640 – a full century later.
And YOU thought you were having a bad year… ~ Jason