People Reveal The Craziest Scientific Ways The Human Race Could Be Wiped Out
qimono/Pixabay

Humans, as a species, seem pretty intent on ending our own existence sometimes. Between obvious things like nuclear weapons and more complicated issues like climate change, there are plenty of ways we might manage to wipe ourselves off the planet.


Reddit user u/SmokoMan asked:

"What is the craziest legitimate reason the human race could be completely wiped out?"

Some of the answers are pretty out there, but many seem startlingly plausible.

10.

Gamma Ray Burst.

We're just sitting here doing our own thing and BAM! Earth gets sterilized in a lightspeed event. Zero warning.

The worst part is the people on the far side probably won't die instantly. Pretty quick since it would probably strip a big chunk of our atmosphere, but they'd still know the end was here.

Astramancer_

9.

The Strange Death of the Earth

Either a mishap at a supercollider or a hypervelocity ejection from a neutron star introduces a bit of strange matter to the planet. This bit of strange matter, or strangelet, starts converting the nucleus of every atom it touches into strange matter which creates a cascade effect through every bit of matter on earth turning our planet into a hot, lifeless ball of strange matter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangelet

-primerush

8.

I think the Children of Men way of humanity going out is the most haunting. Just imagine nobody being able to make a baby, and the human race slowly dying off, knowing we can't do anything about it.

-Phil-Michaels

I agree with you but in more of a generalized sense. Whether it is a slow lingering end from a worldwide pandemic, environmental collapse or mass sterilization like your example, any apocalypse where we as a race would have ample time to realize "You know, we really aren't going to survive this" is haunting.

I almost prefer a gamma blast or something like that rather than watching humanity slowly burn out.

-Enzi42

7.

The old faithful geyser could shoot out a giant cloud of ash that would blot out the sun.

-awfulmspaint

You mean the Yellowstone Supervolcano?.....it's not just the geyser it's the whole entire park....the eruption could be comparable or even larger than the Toba Supervolcano which lowered the human population to 10k all over the world

-Enclair121

6.

Dust gets into a computer part.

Nuclear weapon systems are designed to 1) sense when enemy nukes are inbound, 2) sense when a nuclear weapon detonates, and 3) retaliate by launching nukes. Humans are involved too, but decisions are based upon the information from sensors and computer systems.

If a nuclear weapon sensor gives a false alarm and "detects inbound nukes" when there are none, that could lead to actual nukes being launched. Then those nukes will be sensed and cause more nukes to be launched.

Armageddon.

-Whooplash

5.

Highly contagious deadly virus impossible to cure.

-Gamelur84

4.

The craziest would be false vacuum collapse. It's a quantum field thing that postulates that all the empty space in the universe isn't actually true vacuum, but just a local minimum, and if a real vacuum, or global minimum, forms anywhere, it would spread at very nearly the speed of light, and destroy the entire universe and everything in it. This could already have happened, and we wouldn't know it until very shortly before the edge if it hit us. Fortunately, it's very unlikely to happen, even if our universe is one where it can happen. And there's no way to tell.

-Wadsworth_McStumpy

3.

Wave form collapse, essentially the possibility that some fundamental aspect of our reality relies on being in a superposition, observing it too hard could cause the waveform to collapse with results that we literally can't even begin to imagine. For comparison the next closest thing would be a false vacuum event which would change the very laws of physics, but a waveform collapse is just so bizarre that we can't even guess that much.

-FeyCGirl

damn i can't even wrap my head around the idea that physics would stop working.

-mrbuenopersonita

And I just realized I can't even wrap my head around the idea that physics keeps working.

-EnragedFilia

2.

Sharks are currently endangered. If they died out, fish populations would rise, which would reduce populations of algae and seaweed and other stuff that fish eat, which would in turn bring down the fish population lower than it was originally, which would cut into the populations of land animals that eat fish like bears, which would increase the populations of deer and other prey animals, which would reduce plant populations, which would reduce all animal populations, which would decrease human population.

tl;dr Don't mess with the food chain.

-Kitsune_of_the_mist

1.

Neutron star gets on a collision course with Earth. The documentary I watched on this posited that humanity could survive it with a generation ship if enough people banded together quickly enough, but its equally possible that we'll just self-destruct by the time it reaches us and tears the planet apart.

-I_Ace_English

What's the strangest way you think humans could die out?

People Explain Which Things The United States Actually Gets Right
Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

America is in quite a state right now.

We are hurting in ways we've never hurt before.

And getting better doesn't seem like an option on the horizon.

America gets a lot wrong everyday.

But, maybe let's try to focus on what America does right.

Maybe it can be a little comfort in times of struggle.

People from all over the world want to live here.

Why?

Redditor Ulrich-Stern wanted to discuss the best of America. They asked:

"What does the United States get right?"
Keep reading...Show less
People Break Down The Circumstances Where They'd Stay In A Sexless Relationship
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Sex is an important part of life.

That is just a fact.

But sex is also about connection and intimacy.

So it's not a surprise when many relationships take a hit after the sex dries up.

It's not something to ignore.

It's the biggest problem in the world, but partners should discuss it.

RedditorItsyBitsyJoxywanted to hear about reasons to stick around with a partner when there is no sexy time. They asked:

"Would you be in a sexless relationship? What circumstance would you find acceptable for this?"
Keep reading...Show less

We all have things which get on our nerves.

Some people have a fairly high tolerance level, and are only truly perturbed by things which are beyond the bounds of common decency, or which are universally accepted as annoying or inconvenient.

Others are not so lucky, and tend to be set off by things which might go completely unnoticed by everyone else.

Redditor Onatic420 was curious to learn the things which instantly make others want to pull their hair out and scream, leading them to ask:

"What do you find annoying as f*ck?"
Keep reading...Show less
People Divulge The Biggest Lies Society Still Believes
Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

How many of us heard the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" as a child?

Or were told by their parents that watching too much television would make your eyes fall out?

Needless to say, these, as well as other sayings and superstitions, were not 100% accurate, possibly even having no truth to them whatsoever

Rather, these were merely a way to encourage, or scare, children into better eating habits, or getting away from the TV once and a while.

Some however, have, took these and other unsubstantiated pieces of information literally, and continue to believe them to be true.

Redditor wste96 was curious to believe what other falsehoods people continue to believe, in spite of proof to the contrary, leading them to ask:

"What's the biggest lie ever told that we, as a society, still believe in?"
Keep reading...Show less