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Who Is Responsible For Killing The Most People In Human History?

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Hymie | 17:24 Mon 08th Apr 2024 | History
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Russia’s Stalin, Germany’s Hitler, Cambodia’s Pol Pot, Mongol’s Genghis Khan, China’s Mao Zedong or someone else?



Even if you attribute all those who died as a direct result of the Second World War (around 60 million) to Adolf Hitler (which most historians don’t) – this guy beats him hands-down.


His total killed to date is estimated by some at around 100 million, with an estimated 500,000 to 900,000 being added to that tally, yearly - you’ve probably never heard of him, but his name is Thomas Midgley Jr.


[the youtube video covering his life (and contemporaries) is around 25 minutes long, so not suitable for many who have a short attention span]




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makes a change from brexit I suppose!

One of the most harmful inventors ever?

I'll say: according to wikipedia: "in 1944, he was found strangled to death by a device he devised to allow him to get out of bed unassisted"

On a more serious note, add King Leopold of Belgium to the list of also-rans: estimated to have been responsible for the deaths of 3 million Africans in the Congo.

100m people across the world died prematurely due to tobacco.,Smoking%20led%20to%20about%20100%20million%20premature%20deaths%20in%20the,them%20in%20today's%20rich%20countries

Chemists etc. around the world are always working on similar projects to each other - if not him then someone else....

Knew about him. But it wasn't deliberate in his case, simply unfortunate that side effects weren't anticipated.

He did understand that lead is a killer and played down the lead in his invention 

Mother Nature, obvs.


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