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  • This is no ordinary on us.

  • It is disgusting and painful.

  • Its victims fall into terrible fever and dark despair.

  • Welcome to watch Mojo.

  • And today we're counting down our picks for the top 10.

  • Mind blowing alternate histories.

  • Um, I'll don't read books.

  • Uh huh.

  • Yeah, that's it.

  • Yes, Science.

  • The questions persist.

  • Did they try to colonize the Americans?

  • And how much of their seafaring skill did they bequeathed to medieval Europe?

  • For this list, we're looking at various hypothetical alternate histories that could have occurred if events had played out just a little differently.

  • Which alternate history.

  • Do you find the scariest or most intriguing?

  • Let us know in the comments.

  • Number 10.

  • The Internet doesn't become commercial If you want a computer, here's how to get the most out of it.

  • Without buying lots of expensive software, the Internet could be very different today.

  • Writing for intelligencer author Brian Feldman notes that had the National Science Foundation not allowed commercial activity in 1991 the Internet would still be confined to academia.

  • We'd be getting all our information from, you know, doing research in books.

  • Can you name a book?

  • Mhm.

  • Yeah.

  • Um, I'll don't read books.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah, that's it.

  • Of course.

  • That wasn't the last hurdle the Internet had to jump over.

  • If the FCC had been put in charge in the mid nineties, the Internet would likely be heavily censored, like network television.

  • What the hell is this?

  • The FCC has forbidden audible flatulence.

  • Everyone is now required to wear this device that converts all fart sounds into Steven Wright jokes.

  • I spilled spot remover on my dog.

  • Now he's gone.

  • How This is bogus.

  • In a similar vein in 1998 Congress passed an act that would have banned Children from using certain sites.

  • Fortunately, it was shot down for being too broad and unenforceable.

  • What do you think, kids?

  • Yeah, Surf's up.

  • See you on the net.

  • Number nine, Washington is killed in battle.

  • As Hamilton taught us, George Washington was a major figure in the American Revolutionary War.

  • Why are you telling me this?

  • I'm being honest.

  • I'm working with the third of what our Congress has promised.

  • He led the Patriot forces and following the country's victory, helped establish the U.

  • S.

  • Constitution and served two terms as the first president of the United States.

  • Suffice it to say the man was pretty darned important.

  • So what if he had been killed in battle?

  • Author Eric Moreau's opines that if he'd been killed before France joined the fray, America could well have lost the war and remained a British colony.

  • It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with more lasting results upon the history of the world.

  • If he died later in the war, it's possible that the two term president for US presidents would never have been set, allowing one person to lead the country indefinitely.

  • Well, General, uh, you are you are here I am number eight.

  • No Protestant Reformation.

  • In the 16th century, German theologian and monk Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Catholic Church, leading to the Reformation and the birth of Protestantism.

  • Never before had a man of the people excited such enthusiasm.

  • Ordinary people, peasants and members of the lower aristocracy in particular, put their hopes in this monk from Wittenberg.

  • This significantly eroded the Catholic Church's authority and led to the birth of new Christian denominations.

  • This movement, known as Protestantism, swept across Germany and then on to France, the Netherlands, Belgium.

  • But in every place it took a different form.

  • Today, it's estimated that 37% of all Christians or one billion people, are Protestants.

  • If this never happened, then Catholicism would be far more prevalent.

  • Today, it's possible that the pope would be the most influential and powerful man in the world.

  • English novelist Kingsley Amos explored this idea in his novel The Alteration, describing a world in which the Catholic Church rules with an iron fist, suppressing literature, technology and human sexuality.

  • For centuries, people simply followed the path laid out for them by their church, and their leaders of the Reformation showed them another way.

  • Number seven, the South wins the Civil War.

  • 56,000 died in the prisons of North and South.

  • Now, so many decades after the event, the hurt is still there, and people still ask why Fought from 18 61 to 18 65 the American Civil War ended with the union defeating the Confederacy and the abolition of slavery in the US But what if Abraham Lincoln had failed and the South had one?

  • Instead, 1960 Writer McKinley Cantor offered one possible answer, suggesting that the southern forces would have annexed Washington D.

  • C and continued to enslave black people, leading to mounting international pressure and further civil strife.

  • All through the South, the tremor runs the convulsion of a once serene society that feels itself threatened with extinction.

  • On the other hand, novelist Harry Turtledove Southern Victory Series imagines the union and Confederate states continuing as separate nations and choosing separate sides in World War.

  • However you look at it, it seems clear that slavery would have continued for far longer and that the United States might not be united today.

  • Number six Hitler Is Killed.

  • Adolf Hitler's hypothetical death or assassination has served as a popular think peace for decades, and many theories have been put forth regarding its potential ramifications.

  • Hitler claimed that a British soldier spared his life in World War if he'd been killed.

  • Instead, the Nazi party may not have risen to power, potentially averting World War two.

  • From the time he was elected chancellor in 1933 Hitler seized every opportunity to influence the masses inside Germany.

  • There were also numerous attempts to assassinate Hitler both before and during the Second World War, most famously, the 20 July plot in 1944.

  • During this attempt, a table leg shielded Hitler from the bomb blast.

  • If it hadn't, the war may have seen a faster and more peaceful end.

  • Of course, that's just one of many, many possibilities.

  • Mhm coming from Number five.

  • Christianity fails to spread.

  • Christianity has had a major impact on history, and it's hard to envision a reality without it.

  • Christianity is a monotheistic religion that centers on the teachings of Jesus Christ, believed to be the son of an almighty universal god.

  • It is through faith in Jesus Christ and his teachings that believers have access to God and afterlife.

  • The possibilities are almost endless.

  • What would European history have been like?

  • Would the Dark ages have been dark wood?

  • A different religion occupy its place.

  • Perhaps a polytheistic one well to start with, the Roman Empire would not have adopted Christianity in the fourth century.

  • A D one empire, one god, one emperor Greco Roman mystery cults might have boomed, instead fulfilling hope for reward in the afterlife.

  • Scientific and academic institutions would have been free of the Catholic Church's authority, yes, science, but would have lacked the church's patronage which was key in their development.

  • Basically, modern day Western civilization would be unrecognizable, possibly in very unexpected ways.

  • Gone, It's all gone.

  • Number four.

  • The black death is even worse, the deadliest pandemic in human history.

  • The black death occurred from 13 46 to 13 53 and killed up to 200 million people.

  • In the crisis, every part of medieval society was strained to breaking point.

  • Medicine failed to sick, violent and macabre.

  • Religious cults appeared.

  • A morality collapsed as men turned on each other in brutal acts of cruelty.

  • It's estimated that between 30 and 60% of Europe's population was wiped out.

  • For people at the time, it must have seemed like the end of the world.

  • This is no ordinary Alice.

  • It is disgusting and painful.

  • Its victims fall into terrible fever and dark despair.

  • Had the plague been worse, it would have left an even larger power vacuum, allowing other cultures to propagate and growing influence.

  • In turn, however, the disease helped catapult crucial advancements in science and public health very well making plague pandemics a thing of the past.

  • In Kim Stanley Robinson's epic alternate history novel, the Years of Rice and salt.

  • Europe is repopulated by Muslim pioneers.

  • A war breaks out between Muslim states and China, and the indigenous population of North America forms a league to fight back against Muslim and Chinese invaders.

  • Number three Vikings remain in North America in the 10th century.

  • Five centuries before Christopher Columbus was born, Norseman colonized North America.

  • Today, there is proof that it was these Viking explorers and not Christopher Columbus, who were the first Europeans to reach North American shores.

  • But knowledge of this period is incomplete.

  • Filled with speculation and controversy.

  • Vikings settled in Greenland and North East Canada, including land So meadows on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland.

  • However, the Vikings didn't stay in North America for long.

  • We also know from the archaeology that the Vikings stayed here for only two or three years.

  • But why?

  • But what if they did?

  • They would have continued trading with the local population, but likely clashed also as their settlements expanded.

  • While they would have been outnumbered.

  • At first, the Vikings superior weapons would have given them an important edge.

  • Oh, mhm.

  • Supposing the Norse colonies spread, a governing body would have been established and trade initiated with Europe eventually, they would likely be invaded by European powers themselves and likely overrun.

  • Still, perhaps a Viking nation might persist today within North America.

  • But until recently, just how the Scandinavians managed this navigational feat remained a mystery.

  • The questions persist.

  • Did they try to colonize the Americans?

  • And how much of their seafaring skill did they bequeathed to medieval Europe?

  • Number two Romans win the Battle of the Teutenberg Forest At the turn of the first century AD, the Roman Empire was attempting to conquer Magna Germania, the name given to North Central Europe.

  • The Romans are in for the fight of their lives, facing treacherous terrain, guerilla tactics and the unfathomable fury of a cyclonic storm.

  • Roman Emperor Augustus wished to expand into the region, but his occupation was prevented in nine a.

  • D with the battle of the Teutenberg Forest.

  • When we look at a number of the other defeats in Roman history, what's interesting with this one is it's so very explicitly, actually stops a pattern of expansion in one area, and that has very long lasting consequences.

  • It is also something that actually has a direct impact on the very shape of the Roman Empire, as Harper Magazine's editor Lewis H.

  • Lapham, noted in the anthology, What if things would have turned out very differently if the Romans had emerged victorious instead?

  • For here in nine a.

  • D.

  • The unthinkable has happened.

  • Three of Rome's finest legions, wiped out by a horde of Iron Age savages their commander, Publius Cornelius virus decapitated.

  • Had the Romans successfully expanded into Magna, Germania, the Roman Empire may have endured for far longer upending the course of European history, and the English language might never have been created.

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  • Number one.

  • Germany wins World War Two.

  • Hitler was the personification of evil.

  • No one has been responsible for more deaths than him.

  • Perhaps the most popular and debated scenario within alternate history is the victory of Hitler and the Axis powers in World War Two.

  • The Second World War would see the height of Nazi popularity, but it would also be their ultimate downfall.

  • In Robert Harris Fatherland, Germany defeats the Allies and threatens the US with nuclear weapons leading to a peace treaty.

  • In contrast, Philip Roth's The Plot Against America has the US voluntarily siding with Germany after American aviator and non interventionist Charles Lindbergh becomes president.

  • One of the most nightmarish scenarios is explored in Philip K.

  • Dicks.