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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 World Record Attempts That Ended In Death
NUMBER 10: ZIP LINE TERROR Indian stuntman Sailendra Shylendra NathRoy held two of the most bizarre World Records, both of which were hairrelated. In 2011 he traveled 82.5 meters on a zip wire,attached only by his hair. The following year, he pulled a locomotive with his ponytail fora record 2.5 meters. Not satisfied with his unconventional achievements,Roy wanted to better his zip line record. In August 2013, 91 meters into his stunt,Roy's hair got stuck on the line. It took 45 minutes before rescuers were able to retrievehim, by which time he was already dead.
An autopsy revealed that he had suffered froma traumainduced heart attack. Sources: Telegraph, India TV News, Independent. NUMBER 9: FREE FALLING During the Cold War, American Nick Piantanidapeeantaneeda was determined to outdo Russian cosmonauts, who had set a world recordfor the longest freefall jump at 24,500 meters. In May 1966, Piantanida ascended to over 36,000meters and began his jump. Disastrously, after 17,000 meters, his specializedsuit depressurized. Immediately realizing the danger he was in, the US control roomremotely released his parachute early.
By the time Piantanida reached the Earth,a lack of oxygen had left him permanently brain damaged and he slipped into a coma.He died four months later. Sources: The New York Times, Smithsonian Institution,Air and Space Museum. NUMBER 8: THE FASTEST HUMAN IN HISTORY Originally a mine engineer, Lowell Baylessoared to fame in the late 1920s as a stunt pilot, performing all around the US. At the 1931 National Air Races, Bayles attemptedto break the official 3km World Landplane Speed Record.
Almost reaching speeds of 482 kilometers anhour, Bayles was on the verge of success when disaster struck. The plane's fuel cap came loose, flew throughthe windshield, and knocked the pilot out. The plane crashed in a huge ball of fire,throwing Bayles' body almost 100 meters from the cockpit. Sources: Consim World, Springfield EveningUnion, Springfield Daily News. NUMBER 7: WATER SPEED RECORD By 1964, Englishman Donald Campbell had becomethe only person ever to hold both the land
and water speed records. But he still wasn'tsatisfied. In 1967 he tried to break his own water speedrecord. As his jetpowered boat neared a recordsmashing 480 kilometers per hour, things suddenly wentvery wrong. The boat momentarily lifted into the air,then Campbell was slammed back into the water with tremendous force. He died immediatelybut his body wasn't found until 34 years later. Many people have hypothesized that the crashwas entirely avoidable and was the result of the boat being too light due to a lackof fuel.
Sources: The Telegraph, BBC, English Heritage. NUMBER 6: BURIED ALIVE Despite there not being an official worldrecord for the longest time spent buried alive, 24yearold Sri Lankan magician Janaka BasnayakeJunackah Basnayacker wanted to set one. In 2012, he had some of his friends bury himin a 3meter deep pit. After being buried alive for 7 and a halfhours, Basnayake was dug back up. To the horror of his friends, the ground had suffocatedhim and he was no longer breathing.
What really matters at the end of life BJ Miller
Well, we all need a reason to wake up. For me, it just took 11,000 volts. I know you're too polite to ask, so I will tell you. One night, sophomore year of college, just back from Thanksgiving holiday, a few of my friends and Iwere horsing around, and we decided to climb atopa parked commuter train.
It was just sitting there,with the wires that run overhead. Somehow, that seemedlike a great idea at the time. We'd certainly done stupider things. I scurried up the ladder on the back, and when I stood up, the electrical current entered my arm, blew down and out my feet,and that was that. Would you believe that watch still worksé
Takes a licking! (Laughter) My father wears it now in solidarity. That night began my formal relationshipwith death my death and it also beganmy long run as a patient. It's a good word. It means one who suffers. So I guess we're all patients.
Now, the American health care system has more than its fair shareof dysfunction to match its brilliance, to be sure. I'm a physician now,a hospice and palliative medicine doc, so I've seen care from both sides. And believe me: almost everyonewho goes into healthcare really means well I mean, truly. But we who work in itare also unwitting agents
for a system that too oftendoes not serve. Whyé Well, there's actually a pretty easyanswer to that question, and it explains a lot: because healthcare was designedwith diseases, not people, at its center. Which is to say, of course,it was badly designed. And nowhere are the effectsof bad design more heartbreaking or the opportunityfor good design more compelling
than at the end of life, where things are so distilledand concentrated. There are no doovers. My purpose today isto reach out across disciplines and invite design thinkinginto this big conversation. That is, to bring intention and creativity to the experience of dying. We have a monumentalopportunity in front of us,