10 Ways The Human Race Could Become Extinct

The frightening ways that showcase how fragile we truly are.

  1. Global Pandemic

    When an extremely virulent disease begins infecting large populations, a pandemic is declared by WHO (World Health Organisation). There have been many pandemics in the past, examples being ‘The Black Death’, which was a strain of bubonic plague striking Europe, and the ‘Spanish Flu’ in the 1910s. Influenza is a particular threat – it mutates rapidly and we cannot vaccinate ourselves against it. It has been responsible for decimation of entire populations and is still a threat today. If a hyper-contagious virus were released into the ecosphere it would spread rapidly along transport routes. Aeroplanes would become localised infections, the hosts carrying it to new places. New York, London and other large cities would quickly become abandoned. Pandemics also make excellent films, although the effects are usually exaggerated. (‘I am Legend’ particularly – no virus can turn a person feral while keeping them alive).

  2. Extreme-adverse Weather

    Either we could cause the weather or it could be a freak occurrence. Phrases like global warming and climate change are thrown around a lot these days and they can be responsible for some weather changes, but we underestimate nature’s resilience. Neither the less, a new ice age could emerge (although we are still in one), in which most surface life is killed. Again, films like ‘The Day after Tomorrow’ exaggerate the effects.

  3. Gamma ray burst

    Even we cannot dodge the light. Gamma rays are emitted from most stars, although our own is pretty docile in that respect, although if a star within a few thousand light years were to go Hypernova (a bigger supernova), the waves of radiation would reach us, practically cooking the surface of the planet. We would have to live underground to survive, but all plant life would certainly die, so we would have to rely on green houses and hydroponics. The frightening thing is that a star near us may have just gone Hypernova, but we won’t know about it until the radiation reaches us.

  4. Nuclear War

    Nuclear weapons are mankind’s stupidest invention. To quote terry Pratchett – “Never give the monkey the keys to the banana plantation”, and unfortunately we still don’t get on well with one another enough to get rid of them. On declaration of nuclear war, major population centres would be destroyed and satellites would be knocked out of orbit, rendering all devices such as mobile phones and computers useless. Another effect is the raising of several million tonnes of ash and dust into the atmosphere, blacking the skies and wiping out most life.

  5. Asteroid Strike

    One of the most well known doomsday scenarios is one we cannot really do anything about. Every year thousands of basketball sized objected hit the Earth. It only takes one a kilometre across to plummet through the atmosphere remains large enough to destroy a city. One that is a few kilometres in diameter hitting the Earth would release the energy of several million nuclear devices.

  6. Strangelets

    The least known method of human extinction, strangelets are the result of overly energetic ‘strange’ quarks mixing with ‘up’ and ‘down’ quarks. These stranglets on contact with ordinary matter will convert it to strange matter, and release another strangelet. If one were to hit the Earth, the planet would be reduced to a hot lump of strange matter. Currently they have only been created for thousandths of a second in particle accelerators.

  7. Black Hole

    Pretty obvious what would happen. If one were created on Earth the planet would be sucked in, along with the rest of the solar system. However, nobody really knows what goes on inside a black hole, so maybe we would be lucky.

  8. Judgement Day

    The Bible says in revelations that on Judgement day or Rapture, God will arrive on Earth to judge the living and the dead. Amusingly, if he arrived tomorrow, his work would be duly archived on the internet with thousands of mobile phone pictures and videos.

  9. Re-orientation of Earth’s Axis

    Also known as ‘pole shift theory’ this would happen if the Earth changed its axis (currently it rests at 23.5 degrees – this is the reason we have seasons). The north and south poles would flip, not only ruining the GPS system but also causing massive change to the environment and redistributing the oceans across inhabited landmass.

  10. The Big Crunch

    The one we cannot escape. Theorised as one of the methods of Universal decay, the Big Crunch is the reverse of the Big Bang. Gravity at the centre of the Universe will overwhelm the expanding force and begin to pull the Universe back to a singularity again. There is no chance of escape from this one – there is nowhere to go. Luckily it is only a theory, and would not happen for billions of years anyway, so we would be long gone.

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34 Responses to “10 Ways The Human Race Could Become Extinct”
  1. amiina Says...

    On August 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT!
    The signs of the final hour can be divided into two groups.
    1) Minor signs
    Minor signs are events of normal nature prophesised by our Prophet Muhammed to take place before Qiyamah like the consumption of alcohol, lifting of knowledge and prevalence of ignorance and immorality and signs of this nature. The majority of the minor signs have appeared while some are occurring and some will appear with major signs.
    2) Major signs
    Major signs ae events of extraordinary nature prophesied by our Prophet to take place before Qiyamah like all the events mentioned in the following hadith narrated by Hudhaifa ibn Usayd that the Prophet said, ‘The last our will not arrive till you have seen ten signs. He then mentioned the Smoke, Dajjal, Beast, Rising of the Sun from the place of it’s setting, the Descent of Isa, Ya’juj Ma’juj, Three Landslides, one in the East , one in the West and one in the Arabian Peninsula after that a Fire would spread from Yemen and drive the people to their place of gathering.’ (Muslim)


  2. Janet Says...

    On August 30, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Pathetically stupid. I obviously was under the wrong impression because I thought this was an educational , scientific site.


  3. anonymous Says...

    On October 6, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Will, what is your position, who do you work as, i need to know for my reasearch, are you a scientist or just an average guy?


  4. Anonymous Says...

    On January 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    “The frightening thing is that a star near us may have just gone Hypernova..”
    How exactly do you support this statement? I have heard of no such thing occurring, and I think it is rather ignorant of you to say such a thing with no supporting documentation. And why would you assume that if such a thing did occur, and we would only be aware of it further in the future, that technology would not have been developed to detect such a thing?
    It seems to me that you have not thought these topics through whatsoever before posting this “article.”


  5. Ross Says...

    On January 14, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I liked the article, Ive heard of all of the theories before and they could happen! Of course he has evidence for them, but why would be bore everyone with the evidence behind the theories. There are books on this kind of thing so if you’re interested about them.
    #4- How can you call him ignorant just because you havnt heard of them.


  6. Mooraz Says...

    On January 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    its an assumption “a star MAY have just gone hypernova..”
    just like the 10 things are not real there just what could happen!!
    one thing is for certain human race will be extinct by its own hands


  7. Rachel Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Ha! I would NOT be surprised at all if the human race caused it’s own extinction. In my opinion, there’s a MUCH better chance of our extinction being caused by human destruction of Earth’s ecology than ANY of the above 10 proposals. But I enjoyed this article very much! It is quite amusing that our existance is based on things that are so small and simple, such as quarks, or gravity. I love how the human race has discovered so much in chemistry and physics to explain our existence this way! Thanks Will Hak! I’m wondering also more about what your title is?
    And #5 Ross, I agree :)


  8. kevin Says...

    On April 19, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    i mite be young well 17 so what uhh just wondering how close do you think these posible theries or unceen theries could happen or we all mite die of nuclear war tomorow haha just wondering help me out nice article could use more info but like someone said whant more info by a book thanks will and others


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    On April 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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    On April 22, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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    On April 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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  12. Zeus Says...

    On April 26, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    You are confusing two different things in #9 Reorientation of axis. A magnetic pole shift is different than the earth varying from its current axis orientation. Come on


  13. caca Says...

    On May 25, 2009 at 9:26 am

    those two guys efforts are enough for the extinctıon of human beeings :D ….if they have power i am sure they would realese it erstwhile :D


  14. Ian Morill Says...

    On June 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    There are lots of ways to explain why we will one day become extinct. Firstly we need to expand our outlook and understand a few things to gain a perspective….more than 90% of all species that have ever existed are now extinct !… we have only been here for a very short pace of time.If you condense the lifetime of our planet (4,600 million years) to a timespan we can understand ie. a 46 year old man.well then the industrial revolution began only a minute ago. Modern man has only been around for only 4 hours. We delude ourselves that we are so important. Like when we were sure that everything revolved around the Earth we believe everything revolves around the Human Race. The population of this planet for thousands of years was around 200 million (for thousands of years) then around only 300 years ago it shot up to our current level of nearly 7 billion !! set to rise to 10 Billion by 2050( the graph is truly astounding)Going from virtually horizontal to virtually vertical.If we were viewed objectively by a far superior being , their conclusion would be that we are a plague on an otherwise fertile world, out of control.But no, we fool ourselves that we are superior. Funny how we choose the criteria. A large brain , intelligence, a conscience. Why not the fastest animal, the one that lives the longest, the one that harms the environment the least ! It’s a bit like a room full of athletes trying to decide who is the best, then the tall guy stands up and says ” I know, the one who can jump the highest” Maybe we’re not superior, maybe we’re inferior but we just don’t know it. After all a cheetah can run fast enough to catch it’s prey, a Giraffe’s neck is long enough to reach the leaves but maybe we’re not quite clever enough. We keep inventing very impressive things (again funny how we’re the only ones impressed) but we don’t quite think it through. Ah Ahh ! the motor car , how wonderful but if we’re really clever wouldn’t we realise that one day every household would own 3 cars, that it would cause mass pollution, that it would directly kill 17million people in accidents in less than 100 years, that we would create gridlock, use up resources. You can do this with most inventions. They’ve resulted in pollution, destruction of land, forests, overpopulation, starvation etc , etc The list is a very long one. Yeah we’ll cause our own destruction, our own extinction. We’re already doing it in so many ways. It’s inevitable like it was for over 90% of those that have gone before us. The difference is that we’re stupid enough to bring it about ourselves !! It’s not our large brains that define us but our egos, who the hell do we think we are.One word,DELUDED sums us up.


  15. Bertiee. Says...

    On July 13, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I Personally Think That The Human Race Will Become Extinct Of It’s Own Accord – Ie: Wars Concerning Economy, Nuclear Weapons, And The Predicted Shortage Of Water And Food (Predicted To Be Caused By Global Warming).

    However, I Also Believe In The Conspiracies Of 2012 – The End Of The World. I Know It Seems A Farfetched Idea, But The Mayan Calendar Has So Far Been Correct With All Of Its Predictions… Why Should It End On 21st December, 2012? It’s Been Marked As The End Of Days. The Trailer For The Film Is Out, I Suggest Some Of You Look At It..? It’s Over-Exaggerated, I Think, Very Much Like ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, But It’s Frightening To Think That It Could Actually Happen.

    I’d Look Into It.. Even If You Don’t Believe In It, It’s A Fascinating Subject.


  16. John D Says...

    On October 29, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Global warming is just a way for our governments to make money. You will know when they tax you heavily for all the fossil fuels you burn. Then they will magically come up with advanced energy solutions and fantastic technologies (that we’ve had for decades) to solve all our problems.
    (After they’ve made a buck off us first)


  17. genius Says...

    On December 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    john d, you are amazingly ingnorant-
    go get laid you sad ass!


  18. JohnQ Says...

    On December 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    You obviously forgot the most obvious one – ZOMBIES!!!!


  19. Scott Says...

    On December 11, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    You missed how the human species will become extinct. Go to http://actsofkilling.webs.com

    Pedophiles have done something that is destructive.


  20. i forgot Says...

    On January 4, 2010 at 1:21 am

    i believe most of this is crap. except for nuclear wars and judement day. Here is how the human will become extict.
    One day people will be living normaly then all farmers will retire. no food. Then there will be a war everyone will blow each other up.


  21. Jolyna Says...

    On February 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Stranglets!
    Well thats a new one.


  22. cant say Says...

    On February 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    i believe ,the judgement day, but the thing is… i think we will,as humens, kill the earth will polution and trees will be extinct and animals as well and the only thing left will be houses and garbage so stop reading and turn off the computer and save the earth, the trees, yourself!


  23. cant say Says...

    On February 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I believe ,the judgement day, but the thing is… i think we will,as humens, kill the earth will polution and trees will be extinct and animals as well and the only thing left will be houses and garbage so stop reading and turn off the computer and save the earth, the trees, yourself!


  24. billy Says...

    On March 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I belive that 2 things but…neither of them are on there.
    either we will be hunting eachother in small groups.
    we will be living in a radioactive wasteland…we will hunt and kill eachother for food and slowly die out.

    my second theory is
    it will be a normal day and then a creature evolves and evolves into a man eating hunting machine.more of theese will evolve and slowly gobble up the human race.

    p.s
    please dont make fun of my ideas,im only 10 and im into this stuff


  25. Marcus Says...

    On May 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Its not a question if but when. We all have to die one day and being intelligent doesn’t necessary guarantee your species’ survival. Alligators and turtle have survived for millions of years. Mosquitoes and fly have survived billions. Actually being too smart is somewhat of a death sentence. Modern man has been on this planet for a couple hundred-thousand years, and will probably not make it another two-thousand.

    Just accept it. we all have to die someday. Besides, in 5 billion more years or so- This planet will be sucked into the sun and obliterated by our future Red Giant. Only real way we are gonna preserve Picasso’s and any other relevance of mankind’s history will be to teraform or find another young star that has a planet hospitable for settlement. Problem there is that we may have to compete with the Navi on Pandora.


  26. bob Says...

    On June 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Hello!!!


  27. father of 2 Says...

    On December 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    i was really freaked when i read this cuz i have watched \’2012\’ and \’knowing\’ and i peed myself! thanks a lot to all you bastards who write about this stuff! my 13 year old son told my 6 year old daughter that the world will end in 2012 and she cries herself to sleep! you ruined our lives!! get a life!


  28. saddest girl in the world Says...

    On December 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    M-my h-house caught f-fire s-so i-i’m l-living w-with m-my n-nanna….i-i w-wanna g-go h-home!!

    :’(


  29. astret Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    i think humans can become extinct in several ways such as the green house affects,climate change,diseases.all of these ways can cause humans to become extinct


  30. Bill Says...

    On March 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    …in about 100 years, ALL who are reading this will be dead…and I am 100% correct.


  31. marguerite daly Says...

    On April 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    to the father of two: I understand how you feel for I cry every night just thinking about how will I be able to save my children I do not have a husband to help me in fact I don’t even have any relatives to help me so I am alone in this Do you think you could help me contact me at margueritedaly @yahoo.com I am also on facebook please answer


  32. Matty e Says...

    On April 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Humans could also become exstinct if another species came from underground and wipe out all the human race and have full control of both the surface and hollow.


  33. Anonymous Says...

    On December 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Was this list compiled by a 10 year old shortly after watching some comically low-brow American “documentary” show?


  34. mother Says...

    On March 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    fuck you cunt


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