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11 Ways The World Could End
Since the 1500s, there have been more than150 documented predictions of when the world is going to end. Luckily for us, none of themhave come trueâ€¦yet. However, you'll be surprised that not allof them are destructive. Here are some terrifyingly amazing ways theworld, genuinely could end. When you think of scientists working on superviruses, you probably picture Hazmat workers, deep in a mountain bunker, studying vats fullof insidious green liquid. But these labs do actually exist! Maybe notworking for some shady Bondstyle villain looking to ransom the world away to the highestbidder, but for pharmaceutical companies and
government agencies studying ways to curedangerous pathogens. But what happens when a vial full of an extremely dangerous virusbreaks out of containment, or is misplacedé Over the years, there have been numerous documentedcases of dangerous viruses escaping from laboratories around the world. One of these happened asrecently as 2009. A group of scientists based in Europe, workingwith Baxter Pharmaceuticals, were conducting lab tests on a seasonal flu strain.Without realizing it, Baxter had sent them live supplies of the H5N1 virus, better knownas â€œbird flu,â€� which has a mortality rate higher than 60%. One of the world's deadliestviruses was handled and distributed to three
other labs without any pathogen safety protocolsin place. The grave error was only realized when onelab worker in the Czech Republic inoculated a group of ferrets with samples of the â€œseasonfluâ€� batch, and was horrified when they all died.The scientists were immediately placed under quarantine and monitored for signs of thedeadly virus. Luckily, none of them were infected and all the scientists were freed with a cleanbill of health. Two years later, these same strains of avianand human flu were combined in a laboratory, successfully creating â€œthe most dangerousvirus in history.â€� The virus was highly
pathogenic, while retaining its dangerouslyhigh fatality rate. If it got loose, it could kill 60% of the world's population in afreakishly short amount of time â€“ a truly apocalyptic notion.Some say it's only a matter of time before this kind of virus escapes containment andwreaks havoc on mankind. After going through two world wars, you wouldthink that the world would have learned to get along by now. But unfortunately for thesurvival of humanity, we are constantly under threat of triggering the final war â€“ NuclearArmageddon. Mutually Assured Destruction, like its acronymsuggests, is one of the maddest doctrines
ever devised. It ensures that if a countrywere to ever use a nuclear weapon on another state with the same capability, both sideswould unleash their entire nuclear arsenal, bringing about the complete annihilation ofboth countries. With the resulting nuclear winter, and the likely participation of othercountries in the exchange, this would almost certainly lead to destruction and death onan apocalyptic scale. There are over 15,000 nuclear warheads inthe world, with more than 4000 ready to fire at any one time. That would make one hellof a firework show, but probably not one you'd want to be around to watch.There have been a few â€œclose callsâ€� since
we first developed nuclear weapons. A surprisingnumber of these were technical glitches that nearly started World War 3, on both sidesof the Cold War. The average yield of a modern nuclear weaponis around 500 kilotons of TNT, that's 25 times more powerful than the bomb droppedon Nagasaki. Each one of these 500 kiloton bombs are powerful enough to flatten hugeparts of a large modern city such as New York, or London.And there exists some truly unimaginably powerful weapons, like the Tsar Bomba, which had ayield of more than 50 megatonnes. That's two and a half THOUSAND times more powerfulthan the one dropped on Nagasaki. Thankfully
Vivian Apple at the End of the World 60second Book Review
Vivian Apple thinks that the Rapture is ajoke. She thinks that the apocalypseâ€”the one that's supposed to follow the Raptureâ€”isa joke, too. Now she's just waiting for her bornagain believer parents to come tothe same conclusion. But on the day after the prophesied Rapture, Vivian returns hometo discover two holes in the roof and no sign of her parents anywhere. Now what's shesupposed to doé What Vivian does, at first, is perhaps predictable.She looks to other adults in her life for the answers. But in true comingofage fashion,Vivian quickly discovers that not only are most of the adults in her life incapable ofhelping her; they're also too scared to
do anything constructive. So Vivian sets out on an epic road trip withher best friend and a love interest. (Because let's face it, even if it's almost theapocalypse, you still need some romance.) What happens along the way is at times suspenseful,at times predictable, and fairly fun in a creepy apocalyptic kind of way. My biggestcomplaint with this book being that we were left with more questions than answersâ€¦becauseit's clear there's going to be a sequel. But I still recommend quot;Vivian Apple.quot; Ultimately,this book is a story about not waiting for anyone else to save youâ€”and not waitingfor anyone else to save the world, either.
Each of us, Vivian discovers, has a responsibilityto take control of our destinies, and to shape our world for the better. That's enough of a quest for Vivian fornow. At least until Book Two arrives.
Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera Book Review
Hi everyone. I'm Rincey and this is RinceyReads. Today I'm going to be doing a book review on Signs Preceding the End of the Worldby Yuri Herrera. This is a book that's been translated from Spanish and it was translatedby Lisa Dillman. This is a book that I had heard nothing but amazing things about priorto picking it up. And so I was super excited to pick it up myself and I'm just going totell you right off the bat that I really, really enjoyed it. In this story you are followingthis woman named Makina who lives in Mexico and her brother had recently left Mexico andsmuggled into the United States because there was supposedly this piece of land that belongedto their family that he was hoping to recover.
But he has been gone for a little while soMakina's off to the United States and is going to be smuggling her way in as well to tryto find her brother to figure out what's going on and try to convince him to come back home.Of course, to be able to smuggle her way into the United States she has to deal with somenot so great people. Because she needs, you know, a way to get in and a way to make surethat she can get to her brother and to figure out even where her brother is, things likethat. And so you are just following this time with Makina when she realizes that she's goingto be going and then her travels to the United States and a little bit about what happenswhen she gets to the United States. This is
a pretty short book, it's less than 300 pageslong. I read it all in one complete sitting. I believe I read this during Dewey's 24 hourreadathon, I'm not completely sure. But I know for fact that I just read this in onenight just straight through and it was so good. I will say that this style of writingmay not be for everyone. The style reminds me a lot of Cormac McCarthy. If you are oneof those people who gets really annoyed at the lack of quote marks in a book then I wouldrecommend that you not read this book because there are no quote marks in this one either.But that's just a style that I don't really mind that much. Yuri Herrera does such a fantasticjob of painting a picture with as few words
as possible. He leaves a lot of space foryour own mind and imagination to sort of fill in the gaps where he isn't filling them inhimself. The writing in here is very sparse, which I feel adds to the sort of like desperatenature of the story that you're reading. I feel like that it also helps add intensitybecause you know that bad things are on their way but you can't be completely sure what'sgoing to happen. There's just this sort of silence that you have in this book, kind oflike the eye before the storm type of situation where there is a lot of silence and spaceand quiet because you know something bad is just around the corner. But the story alsodoes a really great job of describing the
sort of situations that people have to goto in order to be able to illegally enter into the United States. Obviously this isa very hot topic right now in the United States. Well, not even just right now. But, you know,it's an election season. There's a lot of talk about illegal immigration as there alwaysis during election seasons and I feel like that this story does such a fantastic jobof showcasing reasons why people come into the United States, the ways that they comeinto the United States, and how they are literally risking their lives in order to have thatopportunity. It feels like a lot of times when people talk about illegal immigrants,they make it sound like it's this easy trip
to be able to come to the United States, butevery second of your life is in danger. And that's what Makina is facing in this story.Every second of her life there's a chance that she could die. Every decision that shemakes, she doesn't know if it is the right decision or not because she is sort of playinginto the hands of these extremely dangerous people and she doesn't have any sort of guaranteethat she's going to make it to her destination or be able to make it home at the end. There'sa lot that's explored in this story in so few pages. I think that's another reason whyI love it so much. I love these sort of shorter books that explore so many different ideasand themes. And Yuri Herrera does such a fantastic