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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
10 Safest Countries If WW3 Breaks Out
Number 10, Switzerland. With mountainous terrian, astrong tradition of neutrality, widespread bunkers, and a heavily armed populace, Switzerland has undoubtedly proven itself as a safe haven during Europe's bloody past. While Switzerland shares borders with Germany, France, and Italy, which are all locationswhere nukes undoubtedly
will be landing if World War III were to break out, Switzerland is somewhat shielded from these danger zones,thanks to the mountains surrounding Switzerland. This means that the Swiss could take cover up high in the mountains as nukes land all around them. Number nine, Tuvalu. Tuvalu is an island nation deep within the Pacific Ocean
that is very remote and neutral. Tuvalu's extreme isolation helps the nation remain politically nonaligned, and its small populationand negligible resources means no major power will have any reason to attack Tuvalu. Tuvalu will probably just be ignored if World War III was to start. And, unlike many other island nations,
Tuvalu's locals produce and consume mainly their own food and goods, making Tuvalu uniquely selfsufficient. Number eight, New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the most secluded, yet developed, nations in the world. New Zealand has a stable democracy and is not deeply involved in any armed conflicts,
and the mountainous terrain of New Zealand can provide shelter in the unlikely event trouble were to ever visit the New Zealand islands. New Zealand also has enough local food supplies, as well as clean water and fertile soil, to support itself in the short term, and New Zealand'speaceful foreign policy gained it the fourth spot on the 2015 Global Peace Index.
Number seven, Bhutan. Despite Bhutan's shared borders with two potential combatants of a Third World War, China and India, itsunique location makes it an excellent shelter foran apocalyptic conflict. Surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, Bhutan is one of the most secluded, landlockedcountries in the world,
10 Least Safe Countries If WW3 Breaks Out
(restless music) Number 10: Israel. If a Third World Warwere to ever break out, the State of Israel probably would have the most to lose. Israel is reliant on imports for its food, fuel and industries. In fact, water is such ahotly contested resource that the Israelis have often had to skirmish
with their neighbors in order to secure reliable sources of water. Even the best of times,Israel has been a nation on the brink of destruction and if World War III were to ever start, the principal ally of Israel, the United States, would have much bigger problems to deal with than trying to defend a nonstrategic piece of land
in the Middle East. Israel is also extremelydependent on foreign aid which is something that would almost immediately cease if its allies came under attack. This thin strip of desert land would also not be able to standthe harsh political reality of being surrounded by nations that despise Israel. This include Egypt,
which has been at warwith Israel five times; Jordan, which has been at war three times; Syria, five times; Lebanon, three times; and Palestine, eight times. These factors and more make Israel one of the worst places to be in the case of aThird World War.
Number 9: Russia. During the Cold War, it was widely assumed that if Word War IIIwere to ever break out, the Soviet Union would be one of the combatants. This reality hasn't changed much of the creation of modern Russia. As of this tutorial's release, Russia's currently embroil in two proxy wars
against the United States and Ukraine and in Syria, and while this is an unlikely scenario, either of these conflicts could bring Russia into a war against the United States and NATO. but Russia's involvement in a game of geopolitical chess with the United States is just the tip of the iceberg. Russia is a uniquely unsafe place if a Third World Warwere to ever break out.