Pack your bags; we're done. It was one disappointment after another with you.
Just how bad were you? Let us count the ways.
John Glenn lived enough life for three people as a history-making astronaut, presidential candidate and US senator. You took him, too
No matter what your politics, you can't deny that Antonin Scalia
, Tom Hayden
, Janet Reno
and Nancy Reagan
made a difference in their lifetimes.
They're all gone, too, because of you.
2016, you unleashed hell
The numbers are just mind-boggling:
44 dead in the Istanbul airport blast.
Cops shot and killed black men in Louisian
a and Minnesota
. A sniper killed five Dallas officers, the
deadliest single incident fatality for US law enforcement since 9/11.
And the bloody, brutal Syrian civil war just dragged on
. Those who were able to flee risked death in the Mediterranean's unforgiving waters, where more people died this year than ever
You dished out a lot of misery
It's impossible to candy-coat it, 2016. When it came to misery, you went full-throttle.
You forced thousands from their homes with historic flooding in Europe
, in North Korea
and in Louisiana, the worst in the United States since Hurricane Sandy
You created Haiti's worst humanitarian crisis this decade with Hurricane Matthew
. And Ecuador still hasn't recovered from the quake in April that killed more than 600
You brought trouble to the skies, too.
In May, everyone aboard an EgyptAir plane died when it crashed into the Mediterranean.
We still don't know why.
As if all that isn't enough, you broke the record for the hottest months ever
You tore us apart, 2016
We're glad the elections are over, but the wounds you inflicted will take a long time to heal.
Republican Donald Trump won the Electoral College and the White House
. Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote
. And America's torn in half and uncertain of the path ahead. Britain's no better with Brexit
But hey 2016, we'll give you this
You get props for getting some things right, like the brightest supermoon since 1948
. The first Word Series win for the Cubs
in 108 years. And you did a solid for the McDonald family, whose conjoined twins were successfully separated
after a 27-hour surgery.
You gave us some much-needed laughter from Chewbacca Mom
and two joyful weeks of Olympic thrills, including the US "Final Five" gymnasts
Oh, and during your watch, the US unemployment rate sank to 4.6%
, the lowest in 10 years.
So yeah, you were better than, say, the year the bubonic plague took hold in Europe, eventually killing a third of the population. But that was 1348
You couldn't go quietly, could ya, 2016? You were mean until the end. A man who pledged allegiance to ISIS
plowed a truck through a crowded Berlin Christmas market
, killing 12.
The best part of you, 2016, is December 31 — the day you slink out of town.
Let's hope 2017 is as good as you were bad.