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 Divulge Which Brands They Absolutely Swear By

Don't be alarmed: There are some terrible corporations out there (looking at you, Nestle) but there are also some great brands that are selling decent products.

I know, surprising, right? Maybe we've all just gotten used to brands selling things of questionable quality that when we stumble across something worthwhile it stuns us.

Hold on tight when you find a brand deserving of your loyalty!

People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor spwf asked the online community,

"What brand(s) do you swear by and why?"
Keep reading...Show less

You know what would be great?

If society could just stop with arbitrary dress codes. If you're not working with the public, why should you have to dress up so much? If you're a police officer, then it makes sense that you'd wear a uniform that identifies you as a police officer. If you're Ted from IT who sits in the backroom all day, I really don't see why you have to come in every day in a suit and tie.

Let's just toss them out, shall we?

People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor Levels2ThisBrush asked the online community,

"What should be socially acceptable but isn't?"
Keep reading...Show less
People Share Their Best 'F**k This, I'm Outta Here' Experiences
Tara Moore/GettyImages

As much as many of us don't like to disrupt the status quo, there is only so much time a person can tolerate a miserable situation before things become so unbearable that they ultimately have to peace out.

For some people, it takes a while for them to reach a breaking point. Eventually, there comes a time when they realize their self-worth is more important than continuing to please others who don't appreciate them for the sake of keeping up with appearances.

Keep reading...Show less
People Break Down Which Things Always Taste Good Whether They're Served Hot Or Cold
Photo by Erol Ahmed on Unsplash

As we enter into the summer months, people now have to decide whether or not they want their morning coffee to be hot or iced.

Lucky for them, it's delicious either way.

One could make an argument that foods that are equally delicious hot or cold are perhaps the best, or at least the most reliable.

And this can include foods which are not customarily sold both hot and cold (cold pizza anyone?).

Redditor NectarineOther4989 was curious to hear which foods people enjoy either hot or cold, leading them to ask:

"What is something that tastes good both hot and cold?"
Keep reading...Show less