This Badass Day in History: November 25

Is today cursed in nature?
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Moody's recently downgraded the Grand Palace to the Passable Palace.

Moody’s recently downgraded the Grand Palace to the Passable Palace.

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by Jacopo della Quercia

Cyclones? Tsunamis? Fires? Earthquakes? Tornadoes? Hell-storms? It sure sounds to us like a curse lies upon…

Cowabunga!

Cowabunga!


A 1343 earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea triggers a tsunami that devastates southern Italy. If such a natural disaster occurred today, the only thing protecting cities like Naples would be their mounds and mounds of heaping garbage.

Which are on fire, so two problems cancel each other out!

Which are on fire, so two problems cancel each other out!

Such architectural ingenuity spawned the Renaissance.

Big Trouble in Little Country

A massive earthquake in Shemakha, modern-day Azerbaijan kills 80,000 people in 1667. It was one of the ten deadliest earthquakes on record at the time, and frankly, we’re amazed there were 80,000 people there alive to kill.

To put things in perspective, its current population is under 32,000.

To put things in perspective, its current population is under 32,000.

Breaking News

The Great Storm of 1703 reaches its peak intensity over Great Britain, killing between 8,000 and 15,000 people and destroying countless ships. The storm was so terrible that modern journalism had to be invented to cover it. Seriously.

The world’s first Fox News special report.

The world’s first Fox News special report.

Lebanarmageddon

An earthquake hits Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley in 1759, destroying Beirut, Damascus, and killing nearly 40,000 people.

So... is November 25 cursed, or something?

So… is November 25 cursed, or something?

Rumble in the Jungle [Islands]

The 1833 Sumatra earthquake, one of the largest earthquakes in recent history, triggers a tsunami off the southwestern coast of Indonesia. Casualties are impossible to calculate, but it is believed that the earthquake registered as high as 9.2 on the Richter scale.

Translation: November 25 is definitely cursed.

Translation: November 25 is definitely cursed.

Indian Oh-$#!+!

A cyclone strikes the Indian city of Coringa in 1839, destroying 25,000 ships and killing more than 300,000 people.

Now THAT'S grand! But it's a mosque, not a palace.

Now THAT’S grand! But it’s a mosque, not a palace.

“A Vast and Fiendish Plot”

Confederate conspirators start 20 fires in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City during the American Civil War. All but one conspirator escapes authorities.

This still isn’t improving your reputation, November 25.

This still isn’t improving your reputation, November 25.

Thursdays Gone

A deadly tornado outbreak assaults the U.S. on Thanksgiving, 1926, killing 76 and leaving more than 400 injured.

Truth be told, it’s like this every Thursday in Kansas.

Truth be told, it’s like this every Thursday in Kansas.

It Gets Worse…

The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 hits the Northeast and Midwest United States with hurricane-force winds, blizzards, and record-low temperatures. It broke every record of US insurance companies and was subsequently referred to as “the storm of the century.”

Also, November 25: Judgment Day.

Also, November 25: Judgment Day.

Yukio’s Mishmash

Japanese poet, playwright, and beefcake Yukio Mishima commits seppuku after his majestic body fails to overthrow the Japanese government.

Uhhh...he's not dead in this photo, though, right?

Uhhh…he’s not dead in this photo, though, right?

The Kitchen Sink

All right, let’s get this over with. In addition to the above calamities, there was also a category 5 hurricane in the Philippines in 1987, an ice storm in the US in 1996, an earthquake in Azerbaijan–again–in 2000, a cyclone in Sri Lanka in 2008, and a flood in Saudi Arabia in 2009.

How November 25 looks from space.

How November 25 looks from space.

There. You happy, November 25? We live in fear of you every year, so please, take it easy on us this time around. If you don’t kill us, the Mayan apocalypse probably will.


It ain't pretty.

It ain’t very heroic.

Jacopo della Quercia is a man of many talents who somehow eluded death in 1438. He can regularly be found at Cracked and on Twitter @Jacopo_della_Q.
The happiest birthday we can wish Mencia is to wish him some self-awareness to realize why no one respects him.

The happiest birthday we can wish Mencia is for enough self-awareness to realize why no one respects him.

Jacopo got the scoop on Clark Kent with A Day in the Life of…Superman, the Man of Steel and documented A Day in the Life of…Carlos Mencia.

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