questionswhat event in history would cause the biggest…

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Adam falling headlong into the Olduvai Gorge before meeting Eve.

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Probably not the most important moment, but an interesting one. What if Japan had not bombed Pearl Harbor? The US would not have gotten into the war when it did, and would likely not have won the race for the Atomic Bomb. I'm no history expert, but I have heard that Japan bombing the US is what cost Germany the war in the long run. Conversely, what if Hitler had been assassinated earlier in the war? Once he'd gotten everything rolling, but before his insanity started damaging Germany's war efforts? Again, no expert, but I have heard that Germany might well have won the war if Hitler had been killed earlier. There are a lot of other critical periods in history, but the early 1940's were such a pivotal time in world history that mucking with just a few things would make dramatic changes to our modern world.

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Creation of the internet. Without that, there would be no deals.woot, and no eventual computer overlord to rule us all.

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Wireless technology - I know it is a broad net topic, but just think of what you couldn't do w/o wireless devices, transmission, etc.

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The Big Bang. What if it was more like a Large Pop?

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Which shirt you told her looked better.

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What if Columbus hadn't gotten lost?

Or if Jesus wrote his Autobiography?

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I'm honestly not trying to bash religion on this one, but I can't help but wonder how far we would have progressed by now if the Christian dark ages never happened.

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@cowboydann: It's commonly accepted knowledge that during the dark ages, some religious orders maintained and protected much of the knowledge acquired previously by Europeans, while some of the "darkest" periods were overseen by people who merely used religion/the church as a tool to maintain power.

ANYWAY, +1 on the big bang.

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assuming big bang is too obvious, then when the earth was hit by another planet and a big hunk broke off & became the moon.

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Preventing the invention of movable type would have a huge impact on history.

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If the impact that killed off most of the dinosaurs had not happened, the dominant species on earth could be reptilian, evolved from velociraptors. There would still likely be a Woot site, but the users would be in chairs made to accommodate tails, and the Woot shirts would contain lots "stupid mammal" jokes and cute lizards.

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For you Bible believers, killing off Noah right before the Ark epiphany would be a big deal.

For you non-Bible believers, making the non-Europeans disease resistant (smallpox especially) would probably have had an enormous impact on how and when the Americas were settled.

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1. The American Revolution.
We would still be part of the UK.
2. What would have been the result of the U. S. entering WWII earlier?
No Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and less death from Hitlers camps.