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Did you know that the mistake of taking a wrong turn on the road started world war I? Can you believe that the war ethics of not shooting an injured man took the lives of 70 million people? This is because of the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect examples will prove that even the smallest change can make big outcomes in the world. Every action we really do matters and it proves that we always have a purpose in life. You can find more than 50 movies and shows based on this theory. What is so special? Why is it called the Butterfly effect? Let’s see some interesting butterfly effect examples that made huge changes in the world. 

Why is it called the Butterfly effect? 

Why is it called the Butterfly effect? 

More than 60 years ago, there was a professor called Edward Lorenz. He used to measure the weather patterns. Once he entered some numbers into a computer program, that represented the temperature and wind speed. He repeated the task that he had run earlier. Before he entered the numbers as 0.506127, but this time he rounded off and entered 0.506. He entered and left his office to get a cup of coffee. When he returned he noticed a result that changed the course of science. The small alteration he made completely changed the whole pattern. 

Through this, he found how nature works and so named it the butterfly effect because the flap of a butterfly’s wings will cause a tornado. Where for example, the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can set off Tornado in Texas. 

What are the butterfly effect examples in the world? 

The butterfly effect of driving in the wrong direction

Franz Ferdinand of Austria was the heir to the imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire. On 28 June 1914, he was traveling in a motorcade in an open-topped car with his wife to a reception at City hall. One of the attackers threw a grenade at the car. But the bomb bounced off the back of the vehicle and exploded, injuring many members in the next car.

The butterfly effect of driving in the wrong direction


After the incident, Franz Ferdinand and his wife thought of visiting the hospital to check on one of the officers injured in the morning attack. The driver of them got confused about the path and drove the car in the wrong direction. There they saw the attackers, and the motorcade entered the side street and stopped to turn around. But it was too late, as one of the attackers took the opportunity and shot both Franz and his wife. Because of his death, Austria and Hungary joined and to do war against Serbia, triggering other countries to join hands. And started world war I. 

The butterfly effect of driving the car in the wrong direction due to simple confusion led to world war I. 

The survival of a man took millions of lives

There was a British soldier called Henry Tandey. The role he had was to shoot the opposite country’s soldiers with his snipper. On 28 September 1918, during the world war, I, a German man after fighting near the French village of Marcoing, wandered into the crosshairs of the British soldier Henry Tandey. When Henry went to shoot him, the wounded man looked at him and the two exchanged a nod after Henry noticed the man was injured. As a war ethic, they do not shoot wounded soldiers. So Henry refused to shoot him, and the man’s life was spared. The man who escaped from the gunshot was none other than Adolf Hitler. 

The survival of a man took millions of lives

Adolf Hitler thought that the soldier would shoot him and he is never going to see Germany again. And if he had shot him on that day, more than 70 million would have not died in world war II. A Single Bullet’s butterfly effect killed millions of people.  

A prescribed drug ended an era

Napoleon is widely considered one of the greatest military generals in history and was the first emperor of France. He is famous for winning many battles. But he faced the biggest defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium which brought an end to the Napoleonic era of European history. 

A prescribed drug ended an era

The plan of the Napoleon army was to do a sudden attack against their Prussian enemies in the morning at 9 a.m but they delayed a couple of hours, and that became a chance for the Prussian army to attack them. And on the same time, they were attacked by the British army. If the Napolean had done the attack according to the plan, they would have won the war. 

But what made them delay for a couple of hours, changing the history?

Napoleon was suffering from Hemorrhoids, which are also known as piles. To treat this, they used leeches as they can reduce the swelling caused by piles. The day before the war, Napoleon had a serious condition, but his doctor did not have any leeches. So he prescribed a laudanum drug as a painkiller. Napolean after consuming it was not able to wake up in the morning and that resulted in the ending of his era. 

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