Top 10 of the most surprising domino effects in history

History is a great chain of causes and effects. A causality that can sometimes create quite surprising sequences. In this top, you will learn that one drink too many can save an entire continent or that a small piece of flesh can cause the birth of one of the biggest companies in the world. Maybe one day you too will be the cause of great events, so be careful with your actions.

1. Joe Biden is responsible for much of the music industry

The parents of Fall Out Boy bassist and songwriter Pete Wentz met at a rally during a Joe Biden campaign in the 1970s. Without Biden, they wouldn’t have given birth to the man who created a great music group which itself influenced Taylor Swift, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship and Panic! at the Disco. Big responsibility though.

2. YouTube was created because of a Janet Jackson nipple

In 2004, Justin Timberlake performed alongside Janet Jackson during halftime at the Superbowl. Only, an unforeseen event was invited to the party: for a very short time, we saw a nipple of the singer on TV. The next day, 3 guys who worked for Paypal wanted to find the video, but no way to get their hands on it. Suddenly, they had the idea to quit their job to create a site where people could upload their videos. YouTube was born and poor Janet Jackson who had done nothing wrong was dragged through the mud while Justin was not bothered for a moment (a fine example of double standards and sexism).

3. The Anglican religion was born because of Prince Arthur’s tuberculosis

Henry VII’s first son, Prince Arthur, married Princess Catherine of Aragon. Only, no luck, after 4 months of marriage, tuberculosis took him to the grave. Too bad, it is the second son of Henry VII, the future Henry VIII, who will take his place and marry Catoche (yes, the same one). New problem: Catoche does not give an heir to Henry VIII, who then asks the Pope to have his marriage with the lady annulled. The Pope does not hear it that way and refuses to annul the marriage. Henry VIII, who had it bad, then declared himself supreme head of the Church of England and pissed off the Pope. This is how the Anglican Church was born.

4. 9/11 Led To Ellen DeGeneres’ Most Awkward Interview

Be careful, this one is a bit complicated. On September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers in New York collapsed. Gerard Way is in front of his TV and the event makes him want to create the group My Chemical Romance. My Chemical Romance will inspire Twilight to author Stephanie Meyers, and Twilight inspired EL James to write 50 Shades of Gray. The adaptation of 50 Shades of Gray in film propelled actress Dakota Johnson, and Dakota Johnson was a guest on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. This is how in November 2019, we were treated to the worst interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

That day, Dakota Johnson arrives on set and Ellen asks her how her birthday went and why she wasn’t invited to the party, to which Dakota famously replies: “Actually, that’s not the truth, Ellen. You have been invited. You pissed me off a little last year when you didn’t get the invite. I invited you and you didn’t come. » What followed was a series of discomforts, and the whole thing seriously damaged the image of the presenter.

5. A bad Buffalo Bills season led Kim Kardashian to stardom

In 1970, the Buffalo Bills American football team finished last in the standings. Suddenly, for the following season, they are the first to be able to take a player and they choose OJ Simpson. OJ Simpson meets his wife in Buffalo and is accused of killing her in 1994. For his defense, he hires lawyer Robert Kardashian (Kim’s father) and since the case is highly publicized, the lawyer becomes famous . Kris Kardashian, Robert’s wife, will in turn become famous, and in 2007 Kim Kardashian will release her sextape which would not have made so much noise if both parents had not already been known to the general public. The story could have been completely different without the Buffalo Bills.

6. Star Trek led to Obama’s election

In 1997, Star Trek: Voyager had rotten audiences. To revive itself, the series created a new character played by actress Jeri Ryan. Because of her time on the show, her relationship with husband Jack Ryan soured and the couple divorced. In 2004, Jack Ryan was running for senator from Illinois when juicy details of his divorce leaked to the press and ruined his candidacy. A replacement had to be found for him, and it was Barack Obama who was appointed and then elected senator. Thanks to this position, he was able to continue his ascent to become President of the United States. Thank you StarTrek.

7. The Simpsons was created because Matt Groening wanted to seduce a girl in high school.

In high school, a girl told Matt Groening that she would only date him if he became more famous than American comic book writer Garry Traudeau. Groening, who was doing some comics for the high school newspaper, then created Life in Hella comic strip with slightly cynical rabbits. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks, a film and TV director and producer. Only, Groening was afraid of losing the rights to his bunnies so, 5 minutes before the interview with the producer, he doodled the Simpsons and introduced them to James L. Brooks who loved it and produced the animated series. Today, Matt Groening is a little better known than Garry Traudeau.

8. The 2007 American screenwriters’ strike likely led to the election of Donald Trump

In 2007, the Writers Guild of America decided to strike for 4 months. To overcome the problem, televisions launched programs that did not require scriptwriters, such as reality TV or TV games. That’s how NBC decided to launch The Celebrity Apprentice in January 2008, with Donald Trump as host. The businessman was then on television from 2008 to 2015, which considerably increased his popularity and allowed him to embark on the campaign for the 2016 presidential election.

9. Alcohol saved Western Europe from a Mongol invasion

In 1242, the Mongol Empire is very close to taking Hungary. However, the Mongol troops suddenly withdrew. The cause: their emperor Ögedeï Khan, the son of Genghis Khan, got drunk until he died on December 11, 1241. As a result, the troops in Europe who had just heard the news had to return home until a successor is appointed. The emperor’s fat dick probably saved Western Europe from annexation by the Mongol Empire.

Top 10 of the most surprising domino effects in history
Photo credits (Public Domain): unknown / (of the reproduction) National Palace Museum in Taipei

10. The death of Mohamed Bouazizi provoked a series of major political events, including, probably, Brexit

Mohamed Bouazizi was an itinerant fruit and vegetable seller in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Without authorization for his business, the authorities manhandled him and often helped himself to his fund until, in December 2010, his cart was confiscated. Bouazizi, exhausted after being expelled from the municipal offices where he was trying to recover his property, set himself on fire. He will die of it on January 4, 2011, which will lead to revolts in the country as well as in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Morocco, Bahrain and Syria. It’s the Arab Spring. Several leaders will be deposed and the civil war will continue in Syria until today. The Arab Spring has also contributed to the rise of Daesh, to the strengthening of Erdogan, and probably to the rightification of Europe as well as to the nationalist movement that is Brexit. Mohamed Bouazizi was the spark that ignited the whole world.

11. (Bonus) You already know the story of the pangolin that caused a PQ shortage, right?

I’ll spare you that one, you’ve heard enough about it already.

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