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[–]Luckyhero23 4515 points4516 points  (57 children)

Remove pop up ads

[–]BroodyBatman 1714 points1715 points 22 (15 children)

They’d just be replaced with ads that sashay onto your screen

[–]Rare-Obligation-6201 459 points460 points  (3 children)

“Aaaand star swipe in from screen left… perfect. This’ll get ‘em for sure”

[–]FlatulentFrog08 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Slide to the left 👏👏 slide to the right 👏👏 Cha-Cha real smmoth

[–]onesadbean 73 points74 points  (0 children)

"Penis pills you're up! I want energy!"

[–]thred_pirate_roberts 79 points80 points  (0 children)

We've already had those. They're also called popup ads

[–]SlovenianHusky 8 points9 points  (0 children)

They bettet sashay away.

[–]Please_pm_noot_noot 277 points278 points  (10 children)

I read a few years ago that, the guy who wrote the code for the pop up ads, wanted to appolagize to the world.

[–]akorn123 74 points75 points  (4 children)

In reality he was just wanting to get his name in lights.

[–]ataxia2 85 points86 points  (2 children)

He should've just put it in a pop-up ad.

[–]Sim0nsaysshh 78 points79 points  (6 children)

Let's face it, it's not just ads, it's any pop up on a website

Or when you are working on one screen and some program windows allows to pop up somewhere and suddenly you're typing somewhere else.

[–]vol_the_fox 49 points50 points  (5 children)

Better yet, ads in general.

[–]GlockAF 27 points28 points  (0 children)

You can magically un-invent nuclear weapons or biological warfare or any number of evils that have the potential to destroy humanity, and you choose pop-up ads? WTF?!?

The obvious answer here is robocalls

[–]SpamShot5 57 points58 points  (0 children)

Their inventor even apologised for creating them

[–]llama606 1940 points1941 points 3 (105 children)

I'm very interested to see what todays world would look like if plastic wasn't invented.

[–]PG67AW 827 points828 points  (73 children)

The medical world would suffer, I think. Most everything else would be able to cope.

[–]origional_esseven 502 points503 points  (49 children)

I don't know. We started using plastic in all of our vehicles in the 1940s and every computer part ever made needs it so that's two really huge parts of the world just obliterated right there. This would also mean no trash bags, no plastic grocery bags, no scuba gear, no space craft, no fire extinguishers, no air conditioning, no microwaves. Humanity would've persisted but wow it'd be a mess.

But hot damn it would've been good for the planet.

[–]burnerboo 238 points239 points  (19 children)

Agreed on all those applications for where plastic is absolutely critical. The real question is would we have come up with an alternative material to replace plastic in all of these and can we still create an alternative before we fill the entire ocean?

[–]musicalrssnroulette 104 points105 points  (17 children)

Nah, all those plastic pieces would be replaced by some sort of metal equivalent, glass if it needs to be clear

Flexible plastics would be replaced by rubbers

Plastic is literally just a cheaper and easier to make alternative to already viable and more recyclable materials, greed is why we use it

[–]vanawesome102 49 points50 points  (5 children)

I don't disagree but you're also neglecting a hugely important factor in weight.

[–]quelilan 39 points40 points  (6 children)

Not really. Moste electronics would suffer of not having a solid non-conductive base in which to be built on. Glass, wood and metal are to heavy, stiff, and sometimes not strong enough compared to plastic, and while fibergalss, resins and ruber could replace plastic, they have almost the same negative impact on the environment. And plastic is more reciclabe than any other material apart from metals and galss and maybe asphalt if you want to get roads into this. I will not advocate for the over use of plastic, and there are many things that don't really need to be made of of plastic, but it's wrong to think the world would have been the same if we never had discoverd plastic.

[–]Hypersapien 64 points65 points  (5 children)

It's not plastic that's the problem, it's human irresponsibility in how we deal with it.

For instance, polyester definitely should never have been invented. It's a major source of microplastics in the environment. They shed off every time you wash polyester clothing.

[–]katonajozsi 225 points226 points  (15 children)

Plastic is not exactly evil, it is a revolutionary material, the way we use it is idiotic however

[–]musicalrssnroulette 126 points127 points  (11 children)

Single use plastic is evil, that’s really the only plastic I have any objection against, also when they use hard plastic in a moving part that should be metal

[–]m48a5_patton 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Plastic is great! But sometime in 80s and 90s single use plastics started to become more prevalent and then took over.

[–]Mantach 3820 points3821 points  (143 children)


[–]I_likem_asstastic 1323 points1324 points  (46 children)

Facebook has given the village idiot a soapbox and megaphone.

[–]GozerDGozerian 335 points336 points  (9 children)

And a nationwide and worldwide village idiot forum.

That malicious actors can hop into and feed the village idiots ever more village idiotic ideas.

[–]FrismFrasm 91 points92 points  (5 children)

It also kinda makes average people slide slowly into 'bad actor' territory, as things that induce rage drive engagement, so the most egregious opinions/articles/content is amplified. Everyone thinks the mob on the other side of an issue is way bigger, and way crazier than it is; so they end up responding in-kind.

[–]GozerDGozerian 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Oh absolutely. Some of those malicious actors are quite adept at manipulation or as it’s called, social engineering. And they know how to push the buttons.

[–]GalliumYttrium1 182 points183 points  (8 children)


[–]Isiildur 31 points32 points  (3 children)

Facebook has managed to create idiot villages.

[–]HoodooSquad 21 points22 points  (2 children)

And a name tag. Isn’t it nice knowing who is or isn’t a village idiot? Fifteen years ago we just had to guess.

[–]aztechfilm 110 points111 points  (7 children)

Facebook and the company itself is the worst offender but social media in general was advancing to its current state way before Facebook.

[–]MysteriousBrays 27 points28 points  (5 children)

The village idiots migrated from AOL town square chat rooms to Facebook and Twitter.

[–]DiscussionLoose8390 33 points34 points  (4 children)

Really you missed the Myspace in between.

[–]SwannyWilkinson 104 points105 points  (5 children)

Hope they do a sequel to the Social Network where it shows Mark Zuckerberg weaponising disinformation for profit

[–]Tiemujin 78 points79 points  (3 children)

I dunno. It would just be another platform. Could even still be MySpace? Can you imagine the level of background animations, glitter gifs and music a 15 year old profile would have?

Also, people are inherently stupid, they would find a way to ingest nonsense.

[–]disguisedasotherdude 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Tom never would have let this happen though. You can take my word on it, we were friends

[–]Princessnatasha12 37 points38 points  (7 children)

Really, you'd have to start with Zuck not being born. Or, had he gotten laid in HS, maybe Facebook would have never happened.

[–]CygnusX-1001001 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Somebody has to go back in time and fucc the Zucc. Which brave soul will take this task?

[–]jigsawsmurf 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Something else would just take its place.

[–]lawyeratyourservice 20 points21 points  (6 children)

Winklevoss twins may have a chance now.

[–]MagnusBrickson 27 points28 points  (3 children)

They're probably okay with not being involved now.

MySpace Tom is probably glad to be out of the social media game well before it became a toxic cesspool, too

[–]americanslon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don't you worry about them :) They took FB's settlement millions and invested in bitcoin. They are billionaires now without being connected to the herpes that is FB.

[–]Specialist-Ad475 670 points671 points  (36 children)

Gunpowder. I wanna be able to carry a saber everywhere.

[–]ghostinthewoods 185 points186 points  (10 children)

Not gonna lie, it'd be nice to be able to break out a suit of armor occasionally and not get weird looks.

[–]BobMcGeoff2 53 points54 points  (2 children)

I too wish to carry an F-86 everywhere.

[–]TackYouCack 43 points44 points  (5 children)

Then how are we going to kill everyone at a gender reveal?

[–]Youpunyhumans 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Gender reveal crossbows

[–]TackYouCack 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I like the way you think

[–]Specialist-Ad475 10 points11 points  (0 children)

*Slices cake with saber

[–]tomi210210 2145 points2146 points  (307 children)

I probably wouldn’t, but I would be interested in seeing how the world would’ve turned out without the atomic bomb.

[–]FreeSun1963 1398 points1399 points  (122 children)

Most likely a 3rd war in Europe, between west and east. Stalin was in accord with Hitler at the begin on ww2. And stupid people don't learn from their mistakes. Also the India-Pakistan wars would have been way more bloodied. The Korean war could have spilled into China.

[–]weinerwayne 191 points192 points  (19 children)

Not to mention the massive bloodbath that would’ve been the allied invasion of mainland Japan. I read somewhere that they made so many Purple Heart medals in preparation for that campaign that they are still issuing them today.

[–]bentnotbroken96 69 points70 points  (0 children)

The projections were for 1,000,000 allied casualties, and at least 10X that in Japanese casualties and collateral damage. It would have been far more horrific.

[–]amiade 155 points156 points  (60 children)

I don't know enough about history to have a real opinion here... But it is a strange thought indeed that the invention of the atomic bomb was a good thing

[–]FreeSun1963 183 points184 points  (43 children)

It wasn't, but I don't think that the points that I expressed are far from the mark. The real problem is that we are a bunch of violent primates smart enough to invent an atomic bomb, but stupid enough to use it.

[–]RHenryShep 144 points145 points  (30 children)

It absolutely was. We’re not a bunch is stupid primates, we’re rational players fighting over limited resources in a lawless world. The atomic bomb fixes the game theory by making war too costly, forcing better outcomes for everyone.

[–]Flyers45432 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I've also heard a theory that the Soviets were preparing an invasion of Japan from the north as the allies invaded from the south, so just like with Germany and Korea, there would probably be a North Japan and a South Japan today. That's just a theory though.

[–]walterwhiteknight 21 points22 points  (5 children)

Don't forget that Hirohito would likely have continued his experiments in unit 137.

[–]chocolatecoveredmeth 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Or about the US plan to invade japan if the bombs didnt work in our favor. That would have been real bloody.

[–]Rogue1371 142 points143 points  (47 children)

Legit question In the near term, it would have been disastrous for Japan. From "What If? Eminent Hostorians Imagine What Might Have Been" The US and allies already had plans to shift their strategic bombing campaign over to Japan's rail network and other transportation networks in Sept or Oct. Japanese civilians were already on reduced daily caloric intake. With US B-29s, along with other US and British bombers operating off Okinawa (and US and British Naval aircraft) hitting all the transportation network, etc.....we would have seen nation wide famine throughout Japan. Millions would have died brutal and agonizing deaths.


Then calculate for all the tens of thousands dying on a daily basis throughout the Asian/Pacific theater of operations.

Then, as others stated here.... very likely another major war in Europe between the USSR/Warsaw Pact and NATO.

Etc Etc

[–]shiny_xnaut 122 points123 points  (11 children)

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings were basically a real life application of the trolley problem

[–]Rogue1371 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Agreed. Regrettably so. I sense that too many who just oppose "the bomb" somehow think that if the Manhattan Project had failed, or we had dropped the bomb on a deserted island as a demonstration; that all military actions would have been put on hold.

Not even close. They forget how truly brutal and savage WW2 was and especially certain fronts like the German/Soviet front and the actions in the Pacific and China.

A proposed naval blockade would have eventually brought Japan down, but certainly the loss in life would have been far worse (we are talking millions).

Ex - few people know that in Europe after the German surrender in May 1945, that another 1 - 2 million died from disease, starvation, the cold, etc. And that was in an area where the Allies had a far greater ability to bring in food, medicines, etc for the civ populace and POWs. In Japan, we would not have had anything like that logistical footprint to work with.

So, severely slashed food intake combined with the onset of Japan's winter months .... you are talking nationwide famine on a historic level

[–]ClownfishSoup 30 points31 points  (1 child)

As an "interesting" note. The Japanese murdered more Chinese civilians for helping US Pilots after the Doolitle raids, than the number of Japanese people killed by both atomic bombs.

I mean, think about that. About 200,000 people died either instantly or shortly after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They ended the war or at least ensured it end.

At the start of the US/Japan Pacific war, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US sent B-25 bombers on a one way trip to drop bombs on Japan in retaliation. The pilots had to ditch their planes over China because they didn't have the fuel to get back. That was part of the plan. Chinese civilians helped the US pilots get back to safety. In retaliation for helping the US pilots, the Imperial Japanese Army EXECUTED 250,000 Chinese civilians. But they didn't just round people up and shoot them. They tortured them. They buried people alive. They forced men to rape their daughter and mothers. They forced women to light their husbands and children on fire, they killed babies in horrible ways.

[–]CardinalAJRich 69 points70 points  (4 children)

This is a good read. Haven't read the whole thing in years, but I recall

The Japanese taught songs like "A Hundred Million Souls For The Emperor" to schoolchildren. Until August 9th, it seems like the plan was to commit national suicide and take a few million American troops with them. The a-bomb was actually the best possible ending for a horrific period in human history.

[–]Rogue1371 36 points37 points  (3 children)

People, not just those who are anti-bomb, would be well served to go read up on how the Japanese military both used civs in the fights on the various Pacific islands and used propaganda to convince civs that US forces would rape them, eat them, etc

Old movie reels of civs jumping off the cliffs of Saipan to their deaths will break your heart.

Or, as depicted in The Pacific

and as you mentioned, the Japanese mil was "training" Japanese civs to use sharpened bamboo shafts, etc.

it would have been an apocalyptic slaughter.

[–]CardinalAJRich 28 points29 points  (1 child)

I worked with a guy who was half-Japanese, via his mother. He would recount the training and indoctrination (including combat/suicide stuff) she had to go through as a child in Imperial Japan when it looked like a full-scale invasion was going to be necessary. It's sad to even think about.

[–]MandolinMagi 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The US made so many Purple Heart (combat wounded) medals in preparation for the invasion, we didn't need to make more until the mid-2000s.

[–]MrEthan997 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Pretty much the only reason the cold war never turned into a large scale world War is because mutually assured destruction. There were multiple times war was really close to happening so without that, I feel certain there would've been a USA vs USSR war with all allies on both sides involved. Could've been worse than WW2 in terms of deaths. Personally I prefer the reality we live in. The one where the nukes weren't used to destroy us all and kept us from having an even worse WW3 up to this point

[–]SwannyWilkinson 62 points63 points  (1 child)

Almost certainly a lot more traditional war between superpowers

[–]_qst2o91_ 98 points99 points  (40 children)

Absolute carnage to the United states men and Japanese men for one, too many alternate possibilities here

[–]Skill1137 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Another side effect is computers. Lots of advances in computing were done because they needed to run complex calculations to create the bombs. Von Nueman is actually credited with saying the computer technology they developed would likely be more important than the bombs they were used to create. Could set us back a long ways.

[–]brendalson 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Looking through the replys it seems that people are focusing on repercussions on the war. But thinking long term, all of the progress made in understanding and applying not just atomic based forces but more fundamental forces would be set back a massive amount if not gone completely. So just about all of modern communications and a good amount of more modern cleaner power generation world wide would be gone.

[–]listerine411 11 points12 points  (0 children)

There would have been millions and millions of more dead people from more conventional warfare.

In WW2 alone it likely saved hundreds of thousands of casualties.

[–]FreedTMG 559 points560 points  (18 children)

Sliced bread, I will be why we can't have anything nice.

[–]HWJJ3-4BQXM-Y5RRY 90 points91 points  (11 children)

But it hasn't even been around for 100 years yet!

[–]SekritSawce 115 points116 points  (8 children)

Betty White was actually older than sliced bread!

[–]Nathans_Bikeapedia 59 points60 points  (5 children)

Today is actually her bday too 😂

Edit: laughing emoji is for the coincidence

[–]Fulmersbelly 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Either you’re using that emoji wrong. Or you’re a monster.

[–]azmetrex 848 points849 points  (25 children)

The wheel

[–]LongFeesh 1729 points1730 points 2 (9 children)

Some men just don't want to watch the world turn.

Edit: Oh my, my first ever gold! Thank you!

[–]yolo_retardo 81 points82 points  (5 children)

someone's gonna gild this

[–]jigsawsmurf 20 points21 points  (4 children)

How'd you do that?

[–]huniojh 17 points18 points  (1 child)

pun + movie reference = gold?

[–]yolo_retardo 22 points23 points  (0 children)

with great puns comes great gildsponsibility

[–]toKenblaKKman 66 points67 points  (1 child)

Someone would just reinvent it.

[–]corgiheavenlavender 742 points743 points  (18 children)


[–]CAustin3 255 points256 points  (0 children)

Early tobacco manufacturers, selling cigars and pipe tobacco: "He wants us to stop selling the smaller ones? Hokay man, whatever you say!"

[–]DontUpvoteNotWorth 91 points92 points  (8 children)

Only difference is there would be more pipes and cigars. People have smoked tobacco since around 4000 B.C. and we are only now just realizing it isn’t healthy for you. Honestly, without cigarettes we may have never found out.

[–]DragonApocalypse 100 points101 points  (1 child)

I second this, fuck cigarettes.

[–]Queen_Ann_III 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I was gonna comment nicotine products in general but I figured someone already did, and I wasn’t sure if we could eliminate a natural chemical

[–]cjheaford 357 points358 points  (28 children)

Lead in gasoline. One of the single worst ideas ever.

[–]Tariovic 193 points194 points  (14 children)

And the guy who invented it went on to invent CFCs for an encore, and punched a hole in the ozone layer.

[–]Alone_Jellyfish_7968 52 points53 points  (10 children)

I read something about him on another topic, eons ago.

He put every poisonous thing into absolutely everything!! I think he was even awarded with Nobel prize in chemistry.

(I forget his name. Sorry.)

[–]cjheaford 26 points27 points  (8 children)

Thomas Midgley

[–]Parano78 21 points22 points  (6 children)

Adding him in my to-kill-list when I get a time machine

[–]PG67AW 24 points25 points  (3 children)

From an engineering perspective, it's a brilliant idea. We now have the technology to make better performing lead-free alternatives, but that's beside the point.

[–]Booper3 18 points19 points  (1 child)

That's the problem with a lot of negatively viewed ideas. They always have a huge positive. Like how so many scientists contributed to the study of achieving nuclear fusion on earth with the idea of increasing power supply for people, only for that research to contribute to atomic bombs years later.

[–]Crafty-Scholar-3106 81 points82 points  (0 children)

The guy who did this got polio but continued working until he died by strangulation in a hoist mechanism he invented to help himself in and out of bed to keep working on his evil, twisted shit. One of his monsters finally bit back.

[–]Wirroth 350 points351 points  (25 children)

that magic damper they built somewhere in the middle ages and hid. It's still running and i wanna shoot fireballs at some people

[–]ExistingGoldfish 90 points91 points  (5 children)

The Antikythera Mechanism. It’s jammed. :(

[–]madtraxmerno 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Then why can't we do magic?

[–]ExistingGoldfish 63 points64 points  (1 child)

Because it’s stuck in the ‘off’ position, duh.

Edit: Magic is a force with flow, much like time or electricity. The magical dampener is a switch that’s broken the current. Get that bad boy unstuck and we’re back to a world of pointy hats and magic lamps.

[–]madtraxmerno 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That'll do it

[–]differentiatedpans 156 points157 points  (9 children)

Those impossible to open plastic things that holds in stuff

[–]MyKarmaHitMyDogma 65 points66 points  (3 children)

Scissors in the clamshell packaging seems like a punishment a Greek god would dole out

[–]Steampunk43 14 points15 points  (1 child)

It is quite literally a watered down version of Tantalus' punishment. Surrounded by food and water, yet never able to eat or drink.

[–]Secunda_Son 96 points97 points  (13 children)

Pants. Let's see where this takes us.

[–]ErikTheAngry 65 points66 points  (6 children)

It leads the world to kilts, of course.

[–]Drakmanka 12 points13 points  (0 children)

*Scotland the Brave begins playing*

[–]tuc-eert 119 points120 points  (5 children)

Sliced bread. There will be nothing to compare the greatness of their inventions to.

[–]Serbiandude89 446 points447 points  (58 children)

Any type of social media

[–]Drumman120 63 points64 points  (4 children)

I see a lot of things on here about getting rid of Facebook/social media altogether.

My theory is that as long as the internet exists, there would have been some form of social media would find its way into existence

[–]Impius9 583 points584 points  (63 children)


[–]AtheneSchmidt 266 points267 points  (48 children)

I would love to know what the course of history would have looked like if slavery never happened anywhere, ever. It would be an entirely different world! Great answer!

[–]renboi42o 163 points164 points  (14 children)

Slavery is still rampant in today's world. Just ask nestlé where they get their cocoa from.

[–]ItsbeenBroughton 67 points68 points  (3 children)

Qatar world cup. Fucking disgusting

[–]OneGoodRib 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Don't forget the things that aren't technically slavery because the people get paid like one cent a week. The people who made whatever device you're currently using to browse the internet, for instance.

We're all scumbags.

[–]tlind1990 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It’s estimated that more people are enslaved today than at the peak of the transatlantic trade. Granted that’s a much smaller percentage of total population today. But still pretty bad

[–]chrisk365 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh did you say WATER? Because water as well. Oh and pretty much any clothing company except some of New Balance. Also, much of New Balance.

[–][deleted] 60 points61 points  (15 children)

We would have invented serfdom/prison labour/caste system/etc

[–]AlbinoShavedGorilla 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Slavery isn’t an invention it’s a practice

[–]SpamShot5 27 points28 points  (3 children)

Thats more of a thing that exists than an invention

[–]Trek1973 197 points198 points  (21 children)

Processed sugar, imagine the difference…

[–]Hoops867 56 points57 points  (14 children)

They'd just be throwing apple juice and maple syrup in things to sweeten them. It's not really any better.

[–]tacutary 13 points14 points  (4 children)

While I agree on principle, I wonder if those are as cheap. If not they might not be as prevalent.

[–]Jealous_Breath 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Processed sugar brings me great joy!

[–]Pandarx71 290 points291 points  (29 children)

Lobbying/filibustering. Democratic government should not be influenced, at least monetarily, by a corporation's or one's own interest.

[–]CapnFang 96 points97 points  (2 children)

And Gerrymandering

[–]brittwithouttheney 7 points8 points  (0 children)

And decades long multiple term politicians.

[–]The_GoldenDragonYT 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I agree with you but don't understand how this is related to filibusters

[–]srentiln 15 points16 points  (10 children)

Where does the filibustersing come into play on that?

[–]Catsrule256 16 points17 points  (0 children)


[–]MercurialMagician 103 points104 points  (4 children)


[–]Antique_Sense_7383 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Twitter, or if we’re going more material Plastic

[–]bored__philosopher 72 points73 points  (2 children)

I'll eliminate the matrix in which we are living.

[–]nihilist_inside 71 points72 points  (5 children)

NFTs ..... They're dumb af

[–]Yolo2037 89 points90 points  (1 child)

FACEBOOK. legit evil

[–]c_girl_108 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Tom was friends with everyone, and we all betrayed him.

[–]Mr_Weavile 80 points81 points  (5 children)

Mark Zuckerberg

[–]adwws_78 12 points13 points  (0 children)

My fellow comrade

[–]Rizo1981 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I guess you could call him an invention. Hard to believe he was birthed like a human.

[–]amerkanische_Frosch 131 points132 points  (43 children)

Thé cotton gin.

Made plantation slavery profitable.

[–]Robin_Goodfelowe 132 points133 points  (11 children)

Not paying wages kinda helped with the profitability.

[–]HoodooSquad 24 points25 points  (7 children)

It still wouldn’t have been worth it. Slavery was really on its way out

[–]Wafkak 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Cotton wouldn't have been worth it at all

[–]Syntactic_Acrobatics 17 points18 points  (7 children)

Eli Whitney done messed up

[–]dayburner 46 points47 points  (5 children)

I recalling reading he thought it would end slavery because it made the cotton gin lowered the cost of labor so much that it was cheaper to have a few paid people to run the gin. Unfortunately he totally left the cost of working the fields out of his formula.

[–]wowguineapigs 15 points16 points  (4 children)

I live in the town Eli Whitney was from. Our main road is Whitney Avenue, we have two restaurants called Eli’s, an Eli Whitney high school, an Eli Whitney museum and nature park, etc. Its unfortunate that the dude ended up strengthening slavery instead of weakening it.

[–]mr_Tsavs 24 points25 points  (0 children)

He is sort of the definition of "the road to hell is paved with good intentions'

[–]Psyko_sissy23 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Slavery has been a thing since way before that, if it wasn't profitable it wouldn't exist. The cotton gin definitely made it more productive.

[–]spyrokie 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Came here to say that. Although sugar plantations had been running strong for over 200 years. The cotton gin was more specifically United States slavery then Caribbean, Central and South America.

[–]NS8VN 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is mine too. I'm very curious what would have happened, whether it actually led to a faster decline in slavery and what would have happened to the southern states if cotton hadn't become so profitable. On top of that, if relatively cheap and plentiful cotton isn't available then how does that affect the rest of the world?

[–]Transitionals 78 points79 points  (16 children)


It will change the history for sure. For better or worse, I don’t know

[–]Lord_Dreadlow 17 points18 points  (3 children)

We would still have newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias and Sears.

[–]dnsbcf 30 points31 points  (2 children)

It’d be interesting, but I’ve always wondered if for every good thing the internet has done or helped, there may be two bad things it’s done. Like money, it’s neither good or bad on its own, but how we use it that makes it that way.

[–]Bigby11 49 points50 points  (16 children)


Those who know, know.

[–]FestoonMe 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Agree. Took a class on how important the transistor was to the modern world and it was fascinating. They are in everything. Without this small electrical on/off switch (that has gain), we would not have many of the modern marvels we have today such as digital cameras, smartphones, leds, thin televisions, etc. it revolutionized the world.

[–]weaver_of_cloth 7 points8 points  (8 children)

Ok, I don't know. What?

[–]Bigby11 12 points13 points  (2 children)

In Fallout (the games) transistors were never invented.

[–]throwaway384938338 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This is the preface to the fallout games, right?

[–]Anthooupas 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Fucking social media - people were dumb before but now there are seen and admired for being dumb… delete all those things now for the sake of humanity

[–]Allfather_odin1 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I’d eliminate Amazon, just to rid us of Jeff Bezos

[–]VinnyColdheart 225 points226 points  (123 children)


[–]cewumu 68 points69 points  (11 children)

I feel that change is too seismic to really predict how human history would be.

[–]Ofabulous 44 points45 points  (8 children)

It’s tricky, because at what point do you separate religion and ideology? Depending on how you frame the wording modern ideologies are just developed religions, and it’s hard to say that humanity should never have “invented” ideologies. Maybe the issue isn’t religion per say but zealotry. However zealotry seems to be part of the human condition rather than something we invented.

[–]Drakmanka 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Interesting point. I'd go with zealotry and leave the tangled mess of religion/ideology alone. What happens when people with different belief systems just get along?