There are a lot of short fuses out there
We’ve all heard about the great, long wars that have happened since the dawn of time, but it’s hard to relate since we live in a time when instant communication between people across the globe is commonplace. People may seem pretty mean right now since they have the anonymity of the internet to say whatever they want (I’m referring to you, keyboard warriors), but people could still take things the wrong way back then, and chaos ensued.
City on Fire
The fire of London. One seconds it’s just some idiot burning a batch of bread, then the bakery is on fire, then the entire street, then the entire city. (Mr__Random)
And then they decide to rebuild the city… exactly as it was before. With all the chaos and narrow, winding streets. London is extraordinarily chaotic, even today. Pubs which you enter through dark alleys, paths that take you nowhere, small houses nested between gigantic, shiny office buildings. I love that city, but man is it strange sometimes. (DukeofEarlGrey)
A long time ago in China, a captain was leading his men to their new posting; unfortunately heavy rain and flooding meant they were going to be late.
He asked one of his men, “Wu, what’s the penalty for lateness, exactly?”
“It’s death, captain.”
“I see. And uh, what’s the penalty for taking up arms against the government?”
So began the Dazexiang Uprising of 209 BC. Because of rain. (FiveRoundsRapid)
The war of Jenkins ear. One day a British smuggler gets his ear chopped off by some Spanish patrol, eight years later he finally brings it back to Britain and shows it to parliament and then all of a sudden war with Spain, over 25,000 casualties and then merges with the war of Austrian succession. (michaelmikeyb)