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Forest fires, locust swarms, global pandemics real aliens! Is 2020 over? No… but here are some of the crazy things that have happened this year!


Global (13 August 2020) – Somehow we’ve made it to the middle of August in this crazy year called 2020, and we’re going to bet that this was not how you expected your year to go.

So much has happened in this year, that you may have missed while focusing on the global pandemic that shut down the world but luckily someone has created a little website to track the madness.

It’s called “Is 2020 over?” and the simple one-pager starts off with a big NO and then goes on to list some of the crazy things that have happened this year.

Check out some of the listings below:


  • More than 20% of Australia’s forest is lost to forest fires.
  • World War III is barely averted after US aggression against Iran.
  • Africa is plagued by unprecedented locust swarms.


  • The UK withdraws from the European Union.
  • Earth breaks all-time records as Antarctic continent heats to 18.3 °C (64.9 °F).
  • Anti-Muslim riots erupt in New Delhi, India, leaving dozens dead.
  • Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who first raised the alarm about a mysterious epidemic, dies of COVID-19.


  • COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic. Hundreds of thousands die.
  • The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed due to COVID-19.
  • Global public air traffic comes to a halt, as does international travel.


  • Mecca sits eerily empty, despite Ramadan.
  • The Pentagon releases UFO footage.
  • White people in the United States riot to get haircuts.
  • A wildfire in the forests around Chernobyl causes fallout radiation to spike 20-fold.


  • Eurovision Song Contest is cancelled.
  • Those locusts from before now sweep India and Pakistan.
  • In the United States, the murder of George Floyd by police sparks global protests & riots.


  • A new Ebola outbreak was declared in Mbandaka, Congo, where no cases had been found since 2018.
  • Global warming causes 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel to spill in Russia, turning Arctic river red.
  • First deadly clash in border dispute between India & China in over 40 years.
  • Arctic Circle joins Antarctic Circle in setting new heat records this year, at 37.7 °C (100 °F).


  • China claims controversial & secretive Hong Kong law won’t limit freedoms, limits freedoms.
  • Unusually heavy monsoon rainfall and flooding displaces millions of people across Asia.
  • Scammers hack Twitter & post a Bitcoin scam from major accounts, stealing $110,000.


  • 2700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate explode in Beirut, Lebanon – killing hundreds, and injuring tens of thousands.
  • Oil spill threatens endangered rare flora and fauna near Mauritian reefs, might get worse.
  • Belarus elections lead to protests against state violence & censorship, are met with state violence & censorship.

Source: Is 2020 over? 
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