What if?

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By Thermodude (Thermodude) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 07:15 pm: Edit

Upon looking back at history, it never ceases to amaze me how different outcomes for particular events would have significantly altered history. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to start a thread where CC poster's could post their favorite "what if" scenerios.

Here's a few of my personal favorites:

What if the Greeks had lost the battle of Marathon (Most likely Western Civilization as we know it would be radically different...would have a lot of Persian influences I suppose)?

What if Hannibal had succeeded in conquering Rome (Wonder what a Carthiginian Empire dominating the whole Medditearian and perhaps most of Europe would have been like)?

What if Heron had realized the industrial potential of his steam engine (perhaps an industrial revolution occuring 2000 years ago)?

By Vancat (Vancat) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 07:18 pm: Edit

What if Hitler's mother had actually gotten that abortion her doctor recommended?

By Tongos (Tongos) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 07:44 pm: Edit

what if einstein died in a traincrash.

By Sticksandstones (Sticksandstones) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 07:47 pm: Edit

What if the bomb placed in Hitler's command room hadn't been moved away from him at the last second before detonating, he would have been killed and none of his invasions or the Holocaust would've happened.

The guy who put the bomb in a concealed breifcase originally put in near Hitler but less than a minute before it exploding, he moved it to the far end of the table. It killed most people in the room but Hitler survived.

By Cherrybarry (Cherrybarry) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 07:48 pm: Edit

what if I was a cow?

By Tongos (Tongos) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 07:54 pm: Edit

what if i had a bar of soap, with little bubbles, then what guys?!!!!!!!

By Pookdogg (Pookdogg) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 07:54 pm: Edit

To combine above posts:

What if Einstein developed a time machine and went back in time to kill Hitler before he came to power? (Perhaps the Soviet war machine would fight against the U.S. in a real-time strategy-based video game)

NOTE: If you've never played Command & Conquer: Red Alert, disregard that please.

What if boy bands never went out of style? (The NSYNC and Backstreet Boys imitators would number in the millions!)

What if Lincoln wasn't assassinated? (Reconstruction wouldn't have sucked as much for the Southern states, and they would be more influential in today's nation)

What if the Red Sox never sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees? (They would still suck)

By Awesome (Awesome) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 09:01 pm: Edit

What if CC didn't exist?

By Vancat (Vancat) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 09:35 pm: Edit

Then the world would be perfect.

By Hunter1985 (Hunter1985) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 09:40 pm: Edit


Not just Einstein...ALBERTO Einstein!

Here's a good one: What if Pontius Pilate did not sentence Jesus Christ to death?

How about this: What if Germany had stuck to the Schleiffen Plan and quickly won WWI? (very interesting scenario, turns out to be a better future for everyone except the US).

And finally: What if prehistoric man never went up to a cow and said, "I'm gonna drink whatever comes out of this thing here" ?

By Lisasimpson (Lisasimpson) on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 10:14 pm: Edit

these what ifs are pointless because none of this could have ever happened...everything was planned out from the beginning of time to go exactly as it went, and here we all are now.

By Hokie_2004 (Hokie_2004) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 12:18 am: Edit

but if everything was planned out to go exactly as it is, wasnt it planned for this post to be started?

By Feuler (Feuler) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 12:45 am: Edit

Pointless or not, they're still fun.

My AP Euro teacher did an after-AP project where we picked a "what-if" from history and wrote a fat paper about how history may have turned out as a result. I did "what if France had won the Franco-Prussian war." It was pretty neat.

By Somecanadianguy (Somecanadianguy) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 12:48 am: Edit

Have you forgotten about free will, there are some things that are planned out, but not all things were set in motion from the beginning. Things such as the beginning of the human race was planned, the start of our lives was planned, but what we do during our time on this planet is not planned out! We were giving free will and reason to choose the path we want so I feel that debating crucial decisions from the past is appropriate, although fruitless as we really get nothing from it, except for a little thought.

By Ejpowers87 (Ejpowers87) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 12:59 am: Edit

Lisasimpson, are you telling me that you think you have no control over your life. If it has all been planned out, then it seems that is what you are saying. What a bad way to live your life.

By Lisasimpson (Lisasimpson) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 02:15 am: Edit

"What a bad way to live your life."

does that make sense?? whether or not i believe in destiny or free will has no affect on how i live life, and even if it did, who are you to judge whether your way of living is better than mine??

By Socalnick (Socalnick) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 02:23 am: Edit

what if hitler was a buddist women??????????

By Seleucus26 (Seleucus26) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 02:46 am: Edit

What If ? The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been by Robert Cowley is a good book written about this topic. it focuses on wars.

what if Darwin had read Mendel (or vice versa)? this one always got to me, brilliance in such close fields that was never collaborated.

By Candi1657 (Candi1657) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 03:16 am: Edit

What if I had dropped out of high school (something I was close to doing many times)?

What if Yale had never received that donation from Elihu Yale? What would they be called?

By Yugekorb (Yugekorb) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 07:47 am: Edit

Awesome, DON'T YOU EVEN THINK THAT AGAIN!!!! That's ridiculous and you should never return here again. Go in shame.

What if you got into a fight and instead of pulling your pants up, you pulled them down to your ankles? (Thanks Todd)

By Limon (Limon) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 10:05 am: Edit

"Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History"
Edited by Gardner Dozois and Stanley Schmidt

By Escafandrasteve (Escafandrasteve) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 01:20 pm: Edit

What if Notorious was here?
What if he was around?
would all these niggas claim to be king?
who would wear the crown?
Yo, what if Pac was still thuggin?
What if he was alive?
would all these niggas still be screamin out 'ride or die'!
What if Milli Vanilli's record never skipped on stage?
they'd be the illest con niggas in the game today
Yo, what if Jordan never had Scottie?
What if Sammie never ratted Gotti?
What if New York without Giuliani?
What if Mike Tyson fought AlI in his prime?
What if Will Smith got gangsta
and start cursin rhymes?
What if Erik never met Parish?
think they'd be makin dollas?
What if they neva made candy paint for Impalas?
my down south niggas'll wil' out,word up
my west coast niggas'll wil' out,word up
What if computers shut down for the Y2K?
What if NWA neva had DRE?
What if Eminem was black?
would he have sold five mil.
or would he be 1 out of 5 million rappers with no deal?
What if you had to pay for air?
a dollar a breath
half the hood would f**kin pass out and choke to death
What if hip hop was banned in 52 states?
they'd give you 5 years a piece
for wreckin cd's and tapes
What if the world stopped?
no more time,f**k a watch
What if there's no laws
no jails,and no more cops?

Yo, what if Snoop was the president?
•••• we'd all be high
blowin chronic in the white house
smoke in the sky
What if they neva made the Coupe 5
what would I drive?
probly a 430 coupe, dropped,wit buggy eyes
What if Red and Meth freestyled
and battled on stage?
What if Daz had bald head
and Onyx had braids?
What if history was changed?
slavory reversed
would black ladies see white boys
and clinch they purse?
What if Dialo didn't get shot,41 times?
What if the kids was popular
that went to Columbine?
What if Ewing would have dunked it
instead of fading away?
tha knicks woulda been the champs
he wouldnta got traded away
yo What if Front neva met Diggs
would i'a been a MC?
What if its Selow?
you in my rollin 1,2,3
What if the world stop?
no more time,f**k a watch
What if there's no laws
no jails,and no more cops?

What if you didn't get banned?


By Vancat (Vancat) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 01:26 pm: Edit

wow haha I could have written better "rap lyrics" in 7th grade.

By Candi1657 (Candi1657) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 01:47 pm: Edit

Yeah...that was more of a disjointed diatribe than a rap.

By Davidrune (Davidrune) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 03:32 pm: Edit

Fredro Starr

By Tlaktan (Tlaktan) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 05:23 pm: Edit

What if John Dickinson actually convinced the Pennsylvania delegation to not vote for the resolution on Independence?

What if Eva Duarte de Peron didn't die at the age of 33, but served to live forever? Would Juan Peron have retained the Presidency -- maybe even until today? (Not likely, he would have been very, very old)

What if the Axis powers won the Second World War? Would Germany and Japan go at it?

By Yugekorb (Yugekorb) on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 06:07 pm: Edit

What if I post this message?

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