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  • What If America Had Lost the Revolutionary War? A Fourth of July thought experiment

    07/05/2014 6:23:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 4, 2014 | Uri Friedman, senior associate editor
    The Fourth of July—a time we Americans set aside to celebrate our independence and mark the war we waged to achieve it, along with the battles that followed. There was the War of 1812, the War of 1833, the First Ohio-Virginia War, the Three States' War, the First Black Insurrection, the Great War, the Second Black Insurrection, the Atlantic War, the Florida Intervention. Confused? These are actually conflicts invented for the novel The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove, a prolific (and sometimes-pseudonymous) author of alternate histories with a Ph.D. in Byzantine history. The book is set in the...
  • Farewell, Archie: Beloved comic book character to die

    04/08/2014 8:37:01 AM PDT · by MissTed · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/8/14 | Henry Hanks
    Since 1941, comic book fans have followed the exploits of teenaged Archie Andrews and his friends. This July, they'll find out how he dies. "Life With Archie" #36 hits stores on July 16, and CNN can reveal exclusively that it tells the story of how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend. Few details are known, but it seems fitting that Archie would go out a hero. The 37th issue one week later will end the series. The "Life With Archie" series has been telling the stories of possible future Archie scenarios for the past few years, and so Archie...
  • Smithsonian director wants Trayvon Martin’s hoodie

    07/31/2013 7:35:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/31/2013 | Washington Times
    Trayvon Martin’s hoodie became a nationwide symbol following his fatal shooting, and now the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History wants the original. The museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, said Mr. Martin’s hoodie, the one he was wearing the night of his death on Feb. 26, 2012, represents a unique opportunity to further the discussion about race in America, The Washington Post reported.
  • Scenes from Alternate Presidential Inaugurations

    01/21/2013 12:27:18 PM PST · by Marcus · 2 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | Jan. 21, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    With President Obama's second inaugural address out of the way, with its combination of high sounding language and bitter, partisan combativeness, one is moved to wonder what inaugural addresses were like in alternate universes.
  • Rome, Sweet Rome: Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire?

    11/02/2011 8:30:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 176 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 31, 2011 | Alyson Sheppard
    Rome, Sweet Rome: Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire? It was a hypothetical question that became a long online discussion and now a movie in development: Could a small group of heavily armed modern-day Marines take down the Roman Empire at its height? We talked about the debate with James Erwin, the man who scored a movie writing contract based on his online response, and ran the ideas by Roman history expert Adrian Goldsworthy. James Erwin was browsing reddit.com on his lunch break when a thread piqued his interest. A user called The_Quiet_Earth had posed the question:...
  • If you could eliminate one person from history...who would it be? (vanity)

    09/22/2010 8:32:49 PM PDT · by Abin Sur · 239 replies
    Sep 22, 2010 | Abin Sur
    If you could eliminate one person from history, who would it be? One caveat: it can't be Muhammad, for one simple reason: almost everyone is going to pick him! This would get rather monotonous, so let's just assume that 90% (at least) of the responses would pick Muhammad first. If you still pick him...BZZT I'm sorry, you've lost, thank you for playing and here's a copy of our home game. And let's not have anyone picking Muhammad's father or grandfather just to get at him, either. That's cheating. Ok, now that that's out of the way, who do you pick?...
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (!)

    03/03/2010 5:56:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies · 439+ views
    YouTube ^ | February 25, 2010 | HachetteBookGroup
    From the New York Times bestselling author of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES comes the true (sic) history of our sixteenth president - Seth Grahame-Smith's ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. (Click onto the link provided to watch the video)
  • World War II: Now With Giant Mechanical Spider

    01/28/2010 8:44:40 PM PST · by GL of Sector 2814 · 16 replies · 948+ views
    YouTube ^ | 01/20/10 | Ryan Nagata
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPnINKwWUiY It's 1945, and the Allies are on the verge of winning World War II, when suddenly the Nazis unleash an arsenal of super weapons straight out of science fiction turning the tides in their favor.
  • The Wrong War

    06/22/2006 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Cincinnatus · 152+ views
    The Judge Report ^ | 06/21/2006 | Robert N. Going
    With apologies to Harry Turtledove, consider if you will this alternate history scenario: Franklin D. Roosevelt, out of great consideration for his wife's uncle Teddy and never being one to avoid political expediency when the opportunity presents itself, joins the Republican Party and is elected President of the United States in 1936, soundly whupping one term wonder Alfred E. Smith who is widely perceived to have brought on the Great Depression by his misguided policies of international neutrality, hard liquor and First Saturday novenas. With the return of Prohibition, the nation's productivity soars and the Depression is soon over. FDR...
  • ("What if" in History - No. 5) April 15, 1942: NEW YORK TIMES breaks planned Tokyo bombing raid

    12/28/2005 10:54:09 PM PST · by doug from upland · 38 replies · 1,139+ views
    DFU "what if" in history | April 15, 1942 | Jonathon Risen (fictitious name)
    <p>The NEW YORK TIMES has learned exclusively that U.S. forces in the Pacific plan a daring bombing raid on Tokyo, Japan on April 18. Our sources have revealed that Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle will be the leader of the raid. It will be the most daring operation yet in the young Pacific war.</p>
  • Could Operation Sealion have succeeded(Planned Invasion of Britain by Germany)

    10/20/2005 5:56:08 AM PDT · by tonycavanagh · 56 replies · 1,535+ views
    The English Channel meant that these Blitzkrieg tactics could not be continued against Britain. Hitler had great respect for Britain's navy and airforce and feared that his forces would suffer heavy casualties in any invasion attempt. Hitler, who had not seen the sea until he was over forty, lacked confidence when it came to naval warfare. As he told his naval commander-in-chief: "On land I am a hero. At sea I am a coward." At this stage Hitler still hoped that Britain would change sides or at least accept German domination of Europe. Immediately after the defeat of France in...
  • Dark Diary (What COULD of happened)

    08/02/2005 6:36:53 AM PDT · by Valin · 33 replies · 1,245+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | September 05 | Alan Dowd
    There are those who believe that people are merely a part of history, pieces of driftwood carried along by forces and currents often beyond our control. Others argue that history is shaped by individuals—that the right person in the right place can alter the course of human events. Certainly Osama bin Laden shifted the historical tide on September 11, 2001. As General Tommy Franks put it, bin Laden created a “crease in history” on 9/11, a fault line that changed how we piece together the past, how we live the present, how we look at the future. To their credit,...
  • Creating a new world in ‘Sky Captain’(WARNING:It STINKS)

    09/18/2004 6:02:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies · 1,085+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Associated Press
    “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” is full of visions of the dark, soaring New York cityscape, dogfights in the sky and the majestic Himalayan mountains. But what was the movie set like for the actors? A whole lotta blue. That’s because “Sky Captain,” despite its grandiose appearance, was filmed entirely against a blue screen with digital effects filled in. Though real actors star in it, almost everything else is fake. Think “Roger Rabbit” in reverse. While computer generated imagery has for years been a large presence in movies, “Sky Captain” is the first major motion picture made entirely...
  • Nazi Germany and Iraq: Alternate History and the Triumph of Evil

    02/24/2003 6:49:05 PM PST · by Agabriel · 14 replies · 1,544+ views
    web | agabriel
    WW2 Alternate History: All that is required for the triumph of evil As the war on the Pacific and European fronts grows more intense costing hundreds of thousands of American lives and faced with the prospect of being forced to fight a surging Soviet army should an occupation of Nazi Germany take place; Allied leaders ponder the offer of a negotiated armistice with Nazi Germany. On December 12, 1943, representatives of Great Britain, France the United States and Germany sign an armistice treaty under which all German troops are to leave any captured territory on the Western front and withdraw...
  • Old stories, new boundaries: What-if questions are answered in different worlds

    10/27/2002 6:47:59 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 21 replies · 585+ views
    JS Online ^ | 26 October 2002 | DUANE DUDEK
    Have you ever lamented the road not taken, the kiss not stolen or the harsh word spoken? If so, and who hasn't, you understand on a personal level the appeal of a category of speculative fiction, or science fiction, known as alternate history.There are no mulligans in the real world, no do-overs in the game of life. But what if there were? What would you do differently and how would it change who you have become?Alternate history asks the same sort of questions on a grand scale.What if Hitler had survived and Germany had won World War II? What if...