10. Nazi propaganda
Adolf Hitler is the poster boy of lies.
His Nazi propaganda, based on fear and hatred, portrayed the Jewish people as the enemy of all classes of society.
He used coercion, terror, and mass manipulation to brainwash people into believing his lies.
Of course, the aftermath of World War I was a great starting point for him to begin his quest for total world domination.
The Treaty of Versailles imposed harsh monetary and territorial reparations against Germany and German currency inflation left many middle-class families with no money, which made the Germans feel alienated and dissatisfied with their way of life.
Unfortunately, the lies told by Hitler and his Nazis lead to horrific consequences – the deaths of at least 17.6 million people, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Today, poverty, crime, and violence are down. Freedom and democracy are up. Guess what… The world is NOT falling apart.
11. The Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion
On April 26, 1986, a nuclear power plant explosion (400 times the size of the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima) in Chernobyl, Ukraine, exposed millions of people living in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) to radiation.
It took Soviet authorities an entire day after the incident before they started evacuating residents from nearby cities.
And to make matters worse, they kept mum on the magnitude of the situation and its detrimental health consequences to both the Soviet Union and the world.
It took Mikhail Gorbachev, the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 18 days to finally confess to the USSR and other nations just how horrific the explosion actually was on inhabitants nearby.
Fortunately, the residents in contaminated areas were only exposed to small levels of radiation and most of those who were highly contaminated were successfully treated, but radiation-induced health conditions may still appear in the future.
According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the evidence only shows a strong connection between the accident and radiation-induced increases of thyroid cancer, but some cancer deaths may be attributed to Chernobyl over the lifetime of the emergency workers, evacuees, and residents living in the most contaminated areas.
On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States detonated two nuclear bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. One man, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, survived both atomic bomb blasts and lived to be 93. He passed away in 2010 from stomach cancer.