Very Minor PODs

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Emperor Norton I, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    What are some very minor PODs? Things that may have no effect on anything at all, but could have been or could have been different.
     
  2. d32123 Banned

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    The Portland/Boston thing comes to mind.
     
  3. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    What's that?
     
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  5. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    On the topic of coin tosses:


    • Ritchie Valens won his seat on the plane with Buddy Holly in a coin toss with Tommy Allsup.
    • Waylon Jennings gave his seat to the Big Bopper, who had come down with the flu.
    Minor PODs (the first one more minor, though), but one that has huge music consequences.
     
  6. metastasis_d Full Battle Rattle

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    Cliff Burton having his window closed on that bus trip in Sweden. Maybe he was cold or something.
     
  7. superjames1992 Well-Known Member

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    Gavrilo Princip is hit by a bus and sustains fatal injuries in the early morning of June 28th, 1914.
     
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  8. John Fredrick Parker Donor

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    My ongoing TL starts with what you might call a minor PoD...
     
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  10. metastasis_d Full Battle Rattle

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    How about he chokes on a sandwich, gets revived by a hearty slap on the back, but in the ensuing chaos, misses Ferdinand's vehicle going by?
    Or the driver of Ferdinand's vehicle doesn't stall the engine, and they go about their merry way before Gavrilo is able to act?
     
  11. Thande Memo to self, don't create any more politicians Donor

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    This is referenced in "The Two Georges" (absurdly convergent, but hey, it's a Turtledove book) in which the coin toss goes the other way, and the OTL city of Portland is known as "West Boston". I'm guessing the additional identifier was needed because Boston is a bigger and more important place than Portland, Maine so the potential for confusion was higher.
     
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    Lou Gehrigs mom doesn't allow him to go play in the Wrigley Field game that really made him well known among baseball scouts.
     
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  14. Clandango Disestablishmentarianist

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    Ioseb Jughashvili and Adolph Hitler get in a fight in 1913 in Vienna. One is killed, the other jailed. Minor PoD, major butterflies... :D
     
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    And one more in line with the OP:
    Joanne Rowling Arantes remains happily married in Portugal. She is the author of a mildly sucessful Portugese children's book.
     
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    Patton never reads Rommel's book.
     
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    Harry Wittington shoots Dick Cheney in a drunken* shooting accident instead of the other way around. Cheney dies as a result.

    *Based on calculations by my dad, an engineer and very experienced bird hunter, the reported details of the shooting were physically impossible and it was most likely a coverup.
     
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