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With astrologers claiming that “Mercury in retrograde” is to blame for all kinds of communication problems, including the recent glitch that broke Facebook, it’s only fair to ask people who agree to explain what the hell that phrase even means.

Turns out their responses are as idiotic as you’d expect:

Here’s the thing: While segments like this are obviously edited to include only the silliest responses, these people know exactly as much about Mercury in retrograde as the astrologers who insist it’s responsible for what happens in your life. The difference is that these people aren’t pretending to be experts.

If you’re looking for an actual explanation of what the phrase means astronomically, check out this video for more details.

(via Jimmy Kimmel Live)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.