Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021

Crazy historical domino effects that would have changed pop culture

TikTok users have been taking to the app to share their favourite historical domino effect – and some of them are mindblowing.

With everything from WW1 to 9/11, all the way to something as small as a tied football game, these events shaped modern-day pop culture for us all.

We did some digging to find some of the craziest domino effects that created the world we live in now.

ABBA and Nazi Germany

Tiktokers believe that if Hitler's plan had never happened, ABBA would have never been. No 'Dancing Queen'. No Mamma Mia.

One of the biggest and most celebrated groups to dominate pop culture through music and broadway would have never come to be.

It was reported in 2002, that the beloved brunette, Anni-Frid Lyngstad was one of the thousands of children who were born as a result of a Nazi plan to 'enrich' the Aryan gene pool.

Nazi soldiers were tasked with 'breeding' with Norwegian women in an attempt to produce more of Hitler's desired blonde-haired, blue-eyed children.

After Anni's birth in November 1945 – the result of a liaison between her mother, Synni, and a German sergeant, Alfred Haase – the infant's mother and grandmother were branded as traitors and ostracised in their village in northern Norway.

They were forced to emigrate to Sweden, where Anni-Frid's mother died of kidney failure before her daughter was two.

The child found her father by chance three decades later. They met for an emotional reunion in her Swedish villa, instigated by Benny Anderson, an Abba founder and Anni-Frid's then-husband. The horrific plot ended with the loss of the war.

9/11 and Fifty Shades of Grey

Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, formed the band as a way of coping with witnessing 9/11.

It is said that around that time he was interning for Cartoon Network.

The Black Parade singer has spoken openly about he was sat on a ferry, gliding along the Hudson River when he first plane struck the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

During a Comic-Con panel, he said: "So 9/11 happens, and I pick up the guitar again, and I write ‘Skylines And Turnstiles,’ and then I called Otter [Matt Pellissier, drummer] and then I called Ray [Toro], and we got Mikey [Way, bassist] in—and we just started building this momentum.

"It became my therapy from the PTSD that everyone had experienced.”

But what does any of this have to do with Fifty Shades of Grey?

The best-selling erotic fiction novels by EL James began as an online fan-fiction of the popular teen-fiction franchise, Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer.

Stephanie Meyer was public about the role the bands music played in the creation of the books – naming their song 'Famous Last Words' as one of the biggest inspirations behind Jacob Black's character who was played by Taylor Lautner in the movies.

The band split in 2013.

The tied football game of 1968 & Kim Kardashian West

In 1968, footballer OJ Simpson played a tied game for the Buffalo Bills against the Dolphins which finished with the scores 1 – 12 – 1 which meant the team just barely beat the Atlanta Falcons for a draft pick.

In 1978, the Buffalo Bills traded OJ Simpson to back to San Franciso, taking him back to California where he had met Nicole Brown in a nightclub and started dating her the year before.

Tiktoker's have speculated that had OJ not been brought back to California the infamous murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

The case in which Simpson was famously acquitted with the help of the defence counsel team included Johnnie Cochran, Robert Kardashian, Robert Shapiro, and F. Lee Bailey.

Robert Kardashian was the father of the famous Kardashian family of Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob Jr.

While many of the younger generations believe Kim's rise to fame was from a sex tape of her with rapper Ray J in 2002 – the family's spotlight really began with OJ's acquittal.

M&Ms and the Spanish Revolution

According to History.org, M&Ms were modelled after chocolate rations given to soldiers during the Spanish Revolution.

In 1932, after a falling out with his father and business partner, Forrest Mars Sr. of the Mars candy company moved to England, where he began manufacturing Mars bars for troops.

It was during the Spanish Civil War that Mars purportedly encountered British volunteers eating small chocolate beads encased in a hard sugar shell, which prevented melting.

Flash forward slightly to the Second World War, when America was fighting wars on two fronts, they were in need of a way to distribute the chocolate without it melting in soldiers hands.

Mars remembered the sugar coating from the Spanish war and invented M&Ms which were originally made with Hershey's chocolate.

The famous sweets also didn't get their famous M until 1950.

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