When humanity was inches from destruction

These are the major instances of humanity pushing towards the brink of disaster.

Almost Doomsday

Super Ice Age

70,000 years ago, after a supervolcano eruption in Sumatra, a volcanic winter plunged the world into an Ice Age — dropping the average temperature by 20 degrees in some places. After an initial drop to likely 40 breeding pairs of homo sapiens, the population only rose to a few thousand according to Oxford University. Thousands of years later, in the early Stone Age, temperatures stabilized, and mankind recovered.

The Black Death

From 1347 to 1351, the Bubonic Plague was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It was carried across Europe from Central Asia by diseased fleas that lived on stowaway rats on merchant caravans. The bacterial plague was estimated to have killed over 125 million people, or 60% of Europe’s population based on data from TIME magazine. It would take 200 years for the global population to truly recover.

Hydrogen bombs

In 1952, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb — 500 times the yield of the atomic bomb used during WWII. The Soviet Union followed suit the next year. The Doomsday Clock moved to 11:58 PM — signifying a step towards global catastrophe.

Cuban Missile Crisis

Despite the Doomsday Clock staying at a “7 minutes” from midnight during the entire Cuban Missile Crisis, it is now considered the closest the world has come to nuclear war. In October 1962, a confrontation involving the staging of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba led to high tension and a blockade of the island nation. Though the Doomsday Clock remained at 7 minutes from midnight during the crisis, it's now considered the closest the world has come to nuclear war. To ensure the U.S. and Soviet Union would never again get this close to nuclear war, the “red telephone” nuclear hotline between both governments was established.


01/14/2020 12:58 PM


  • Lois K.
    02/23/2021 02:28

    Brut, when you refer to the whole human race, the more modern term to use is “humankind.” “Mankind” sounds straight out of a 1960s newsreel! Move your usage into the 21st Century!

  • Cesar D.
    02/17/2021 20:42

    When Bombama

  • Lianne K.
    02/17/2021 10:08

    Aren't we a clever lot huh!

  • Gopinath
    02/17/2021 04:47

    Seriously if there's no borders and wars we would have saved lots of money to extend human life into space and life also saving our planet.

  • Richard R.
    03/11/2020 13:36

    All at the same time as I was offered a job in Wickford, and then started a Ltd company, amazing timing.

  • Jhohan R.
    02/28/2020 04:25

    It's going to happen I just hope not in my life time.

  • Jim J.
    02/28/2020 03:00

    We're conditioned to believe that the end is always near. Case in point, Barry McGuire's #1 hit "Eve of Destruction" in 1965...and we're still here. Humanity is self correcting, we just don't give ourselves enough credit.

  • Paul H.
    02/27/2020 16:22

    If my memory serves me correctly (and it does) the guy who was dictator over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis was the same guy a certain idiotic Democrat presidential candidate recently praised for a literacy program. What were the Cubans supposed to read about - the world coming to an end? Bernie Sanders for Dog Catcher 2020!

  • Raymond P.
    02/26/2020 19:33

    The extraterrestrials will not allow a nuclear war on earth.

  • Juanita G.
    02/25/2020 20:22

    It's no ending.

  • Maria G.
    02/25/2020 19:33

    Bogowie tego Swiata,zniszczyc co zyje,zabic co sie rusza,

  • Maria G.
    02/25/2020 19:30

    I w ten sposob zmieniamy ocieplenie Globu,brawo gruboskorni dowodzacy

  • K Ď.
    02/25/2020 15:38


  • Holokaustgoat F.
    02/25/2020 03:58

    soon they will play my cards

  • Mike M.
    02/21/2020 19:51

    No human should have that much power.

  • Michael L.
    02/18/2020 22:03

    Don't worry about the end, it might have ordained that human will eventually destroy ourselves, and we are getting closer, have a wonderful day.

  • Damaso R.
    02/18/2020 11:49


  • Johnjairo R.
    02/18/2020 02:12


  • Dino S.
    02/16/2020 21:30

    Factory farms have bigger ones in the pipeline.

  • Gregory B.
    02/14/2020 14:53

    Now in 2020 the Coronavirus is attacking the Earth

Stay informed and entertained, for free with myBrut.

Stay informed and entertained, for free with myBrut.

By continuing, you agree to receive emails from Brut.