Your average European from the 19th Century would've called "ASB!" (well, not really, but something with similar meaning) if someone told him/her about the rise of the NSDAP and the Third Reich...
Ehh. If a historian from an ATL were to look at TTL in the early 1900s and told that only one Great Power would never collapse, they'd pick the United States. Germany and Austria-Hungary were surrounded by enemies, the Russians and Ottomans were backwards, France and Britain relied on their empires, Japan and Italy were weaker than the others, China was already visibly teetering, and meanwhile there's the United States with no hostile neighbors, massive resources within its borders, and already a top-two economy well on its way to claiming the top spot.Nearly every "Great Power" of the 19th Century either being destroyed, self-destructing, or falling by the wayside through the course of the 20th Century except for the US could possibly count...
ok, keeping with the falling,
No chute, and fell thru a roof.Gunner fell 22,000 feet and survived: Ranked among the luckiest people in the world, Alan E. Magee survived a free fall of almost four miles from a B-17 bomber during a raid in WWII.www.warhistoryonline.com
From 22,000 feet
If it actually happened in OTL, it is, by definition, not ASB.
ASB does not mean 'unlikely' or 'improbable'. It means for X event to be possible, it would require manipulation by alien space bats to make it possible. A 'one in a million' shot is not ASB, just very unlikely.
To claim that an actual event is ASB literally means that the claimant is asserting that alien space bats exists and are actively involved in human history.
Yes, the ridiculous and extreme over-and-misuse of the term ASB is one of my pet peeves.
This thread is about events that happened, and Trump's inauguration crowd was not the largest in American history, much less the largest crowd period.From Barrack Obama ridiculing Trump at a banquet, were he finishes by dropping the mike to Donald swearing his oath as President ( in front of the largest crowd ever in the world).
Al Qaida successfully pulling off 9/11.
Agreed. The revival of Hebrew is really hard to believe.The creation of Israel. Whatever your opinions on that...controversial...topic, the fact that all these European Jews got there, brought back an ENTIRELY DEAD LANGUAGE none of them spoke natively, and then militarily defeated their vastly more populous neighbors in repeated conflicts would seem absurd if it hadn't actually happened.
No, not really. Japan had very favourable circumstances (high literacy, good state institutions) and I would say it’s lack of natural resources actually helped them. The relative uselessness of their land insulated them from any European attempt at conquest; they were simply just not interested. By 1900, Japan had already crushed China 5 years prior. It’s not as if they were particularly lucky anyways, they still lost in WW2. Their only major victory was against Russia in 1905, and that’s not implausible enough to be considered ASB.The rise of Japan is pretty nuts, too. The idea that the only country in Asia with basically no natural resources became an industrialized powerhouse and went from third to first world while dominating the likes of China is pretty ridiculous.
I agree, but this is the post-1900 forum, btw. Just a heads-up, you might’ve forgotten to read the headline.The U.S. staying together in its early years and coming to rule the whole continent is pretty nuts, too. It could have split apart any number of times at the Hartford Convention or along the north-south divide, it could have been conquered, and if the revolution had happened a few years earlier or later, it probably wouldn't have succeeded. Instead...world hyperpower. Wow.
Sir, can you PLEASE not talk about modern politics. I should’ve add anything after 2002 not to be talked aboutFrom Barrack Obama ridiculing Trump at a banquet, were he finishes by dropping the mike to Donald swearing his oath as President ( in front of the largest crowd ever in the world).