Friday, April 22, 2016
S is for Seriously, 2016?
It has been an incredibly bad year for deaths. We used to joke that deaths came in threes. Now, it's an onslaught. Seems like every other week, someone else is gone, just another face in the news. If this pace continues, we're going to be immune by the end of the year, to numb to care. I'm not being dramatic here (okay, maybe a LITTLE dramatic.) I counted.
According to Wikipedia, by this date in 2015, there had been 96 worldwide notable deaths. These are actors, writers, musicians, politicians, astronauts, sports stars, spiritual leaders, anyone who might have been in the news or had their own Wikipedia page. This year, there have been 94 notable deaths. Surprisingly even, isn't it?
Until you count the familiar names. Last year, I knew two of the notable deaths by this date: Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett. Over the whole year, there were 16 deaths of people whose names or work I knew.
This year, there have been twenty. TWENTY. TWO-ZERO. Before the year is even 1/3rd past. And that's insane. Seriously, 2016, what the hell?