Year 536 was the worst year to be alive on this planet

Year 536 was the worst year to be alive on this planet

Strange things happened, mostly inexplicable to the people who lived then. A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and night—for 18 months

A dark hour set in, temperatures in summers settled at 1-degree celsius

No one understood what was happening around them, most believed it was the end of everything. Doomsday! Wrath of god!

It was the literal dark age

Diseases loomed in the darkness, crops died and famine set-in

A historian wrote that “the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during this whole year”

Perhaps 1400 years later when scientists looked back at the event and connected the dots, the fog was caused by a massive volcanic eruption in Iceland

Moral of the story?

Every story doesn’t need to have a moral. Sometimes the most real stories are shocking, they just help you deal with reality and embrace randomness

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