You've heard of the butterfly effect, right? I mean, beyond the title of that Ashton Kutcher movie. It's the saying/theory regarding how the small movement of a butterfly's wings, over time, can grow and turn into a giant, raging tornado. Now, none if this is 100% based in fact, but you get the concept, right? Small events, little movements, tiny inventions, and slight changes can evolve into fundamental changes in our day-to-day lives. Sometimes to the point that we can forget a time that occurred before that small detail spawned.

Without a high college student, modern surgery would never exist. If it weren't for a piece of duct tape, the Watergate Scandal would have never been uncovered. No matter which side of the gun debate you land on, the right for an American citizen to own a gun depended on a single, solitary comma.

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Napoleon may have lost the Battle of Waterloo because of hemorrhoids. Obviously this made riding horseback extremely painful, and prevented him from p

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