False Alarms That Almost Led to the End of the World


– How you doing? I’m Kallen and this is Slapped Ham. Today we’re looking at
some famous false alarms that ended in chaos or could
have ended the world entirely. But, before we get into
these fascinating stories, remember to hit that subscribe button for more awesome interesting
content just like this. (mysterious music) – Ever since humans started
looking towards the stars, we’ve speculated about
what other life forms may be living in other galaxies. With the advent of more modern technology, scientist are able to monitor signals coming from other planets, hoping to some day make contact with citizens of other worlds. However, on May 15, 2015,
these signal observations led to one of the more bizarre
false alarms in recent history. A Russian radio observatory
picked up a 2-second signal coming from a planet orbiting
a star known as HD 164595. This particular star has a lot
in common with Earth’s sun, so the signal recording
led many to speculate that the planet contained
intelligent life. Believers in alien life were understandably excited
about the discovery. Many media outlets picked up the story and word quickly spread
that the Russian scientists may have at long last
discovered an alien species. However, the Russian
Academy of the Sciences later issued a statement declaring that alien
discovery a false alarm. (soft tense music) The War of the Worlds
may not have been a part of a legitimate emergency alert system, but the stir that it caused quickly led to a real-life emergency that made it one of history’s
most notorious false alarms. On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles performed a
fictional radio broadcast that appeared to warn
viewers of an alien invasion. The news reporter cut into
a program of dance music to provide updates on the aliens trying to
take over New York City. Although this was intended to
be an entertaining broadcast, many viewers didn’t realize that they were listening
to a work of fiction. With the Second World War looming, American citizens were on high alert and the broadcast hit too close to home. Many people panicked and radio stations were ordered
to interrupt the broadcast to remind listeners that the content of
the show was fictional. However, it was too late
to avoid a genuine panic. In the cases of HD 164595
and War of the Worlds, the false alarms can be explained by the general public’s false assumptions. However, in the case of
Florida’s mistaken zombie alert, it’s much more understandable
that members of the public thought they were under attack. On May 20, 2018, Lake Worth, Florida, experienced a widespread power outage. The city’s emergency alert
system sent out a text message informing citizens of the problem. However, the public was surprised
by the text of the alert. Power outage and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus. There are now far less than
7,380 customers involved due to extreme zombie activity. It’s interesting to know
that while Lake Worth was actually experiencing a power outage, Terminus is not really a city in Florida, it’s actually a fictional town from the popular zombie
television show The Walking Dead. Officials quickly sent out a correction to assure citizens that the
messages were false alarms. At least the part about zombies was false. However, this didn’t stop
many members of the public from believing that the government was actually covering up
knowledge of real life zombies. The officials responsible for the message were unable to explain this bizarre broadcast signal intrusion. While some false alarms revolve around more fantastical scenarios, others warn of emergencies
that are much close to reality. One example of such a
terrifying false alarm occurred in Hawaii in 2018. Citizens and visitors to the
island state were shocked when they received an
emergency alert informing them that a ballistic missile was
on route to their location. Disturbed by the warning
and its startling parallel to the World War II
attacks on Pearl Harbor, residents and tourists
quickly began to panic. Businesses rapidly locked their doors and people ran for shelter in any place they believed was safe, including manholes. Numerous car accidents were reported as drivers took to the
streets at high speeds in frantic attempts to
reach safe locations. It was reported that one
man suffered a heart attack after calling his children to say goodbye. People panicked for a
staggering 38 minutes before the false alarm was corrected. According to employees at the
Emergency Management Agency, the alert was supposed to
be a test of the system but someone chose the wrong
option in a drop-down menu when issuing the alert. On February 20th, 1971, most people were well aware of the dangers being posed by the Cold War. In fact, it was the Cold War’s threat of nuclear annihilation that led the United States to develop its Emergency Broadcast System. However, the system was
only actually used once during the Cold War and it turned out to be one of history’s scariest false alarms. News stations received a
message of a telex reading, this is an emergency action notification directed by the President. Normal broadcasting
will cease immediately. The messages included the
code word hatefulness. The entire system operated
on a system of code words that news stations were to
use to verify the messages. Hatefulness meant it was the real deal. Newscasters took to the air to inform the public of the alert. The country waited for the
president to come on the air with additional details. Meanwhile, news stations were
receiving confusing messages declaring the alert false alarms. However, none included the
correct code word, impish. Finally, after 30
minutes of tense waiting, the system put through official messages including the cancellation code word, officially making the alert a false alarm. The fire that occurred at Boland Hall at Seton Hall University University in South Orange, New Jersey, is a disturbing example of the
real danger of false alarms. In this case, the fire alarms
that went off at 4:30 a.m. on January 19, 2000, were all too real. Two students had set the fire
in the dormitory as a prank when most of the students
in the building were asleep. While the fire alarms went off
exactly as they should have, the majority of the
students in the building remained in their rooms,
ignoring the false alarms. Why? Over the previous few years the dormitory had experienced
frequent false alarms, so the students in the building assumed this was just another mistake. Because the students assumed
it was a false alarm, three residents of the building
ended up dying in the fire. The Cold War was a time when
false alarms were rampant. However, some caused enough of a stir to be remembered by the history books as truly dangerous situations. On October 22nd, 1962, not long after missile
silos were discovered being built in Cuba, US interceptors carrying nuclear weapons were sent to small airfields
around the country. On October 25, an airmen
in one of these airfields saw a shadowy figure outside of a fence. Thinking it was an enemy sabotage, he sounded the intruder alarm. This caused the nearby
based to be alarmed, suggesting they were under attack. Pilots ran to their planes
to start scouring the skies for enemy crafts. They later learned that
it was a false alarm. It wasn’t until years later that the pilots learned the truth about one of the most bizarre
false alarms in history. It turned out that mysterious intruder spotted outside the base
was actually a bear. Over the years, there have
been numerous theories about the end of the world. These days, most people
take these prophecies with a grain of salt, but that wasn’t always the case. Harold Camping, a popular
Christian radio personality, predicted that the world
would end on May 21, 2011. He supported his hypothesis with calculations he
said came from the Bible. He claimed that certain faithful followers would be raptured to heaven while everyone else would have to live through horrible end times. Camping’s followers were
told to gather together at a meeting point where
they could ascend to heaven. Many of the faithfuls
sold their possessions to afford the journey. The date came and went without incident. Camping’s prediction was a false alarm. His followers were devastated. Many were left destitute
after spending so much money in the hopes of a rapture. Even more shocking is that, before the supposed end of the world, there was at least one reported suicide, committed by a devastated woman who believed she wouldn’t
make it to heaven. On October 1st, 1962, during
the height of the Cold War, a Soviet submarine left its base to sail into the Caribbean. Several weeks later, on October 27, United States naval ships
detected the Soviet craft. They began sending out small
charges to the submarine, intending to force the
craft to the surface so they could identify it. However, what the US ships didn’t know is that that Soviet submarine had been out of contact with its base and was too deep to
listen to radio signals. The captain believed that
the charges from the US ship were an indication that
the US and Soviet Union had begun a war in the time
that he had been out of contact. He wanted to launch
torpedoes at the US ship, an act that would’ve likely
been considered an act of war. Thankfully, the other
commanding officers on the ship refused to launch any torpedoes. They convinced the captain
to go to the surface and await further orders. When the submarine surfaced
and saw the nearby US ships, the captain decided to return
to Moscow instead of engaging, an act that may have
prevented an all-out war between the nations. Before we get to that number one spot and take a look at a story
about how one Russian man may have saved the entire world, remember to hit that subscribe button and turn on channel notifications, that way you’ll get notified
about all our latest content. (mouse clicks) Not all of the Cold War false alarms that nearly led to nuclear war occurred as far back in history
as we’d like to believe. In 1983, the actions of a single
man prevented catastrophe. Stanislav Petrov worked at a
nuclear early warning station in Russia. On September 26, 1983,
he received a report that as many as six nuclear missiles had been launched from the United States. Soviet military protocol at
the time required such reports to be forwarded to commanding officers. However, Petrov believed
these reports to be false, as so many missiles at
once seemed unlikely. He feared that if he reported them to his commanding officers, they would retaliate anyway, launching a true nuclear war. He made the quick decision
not to report the warning. As it turned out, he was correct. The warning came as a result
of a computer malfunction. Petrov’s quick thinking and
willingness to disobey protocol may have saved the world from disaster. If you want more Slapped Ham content, then check out those
two links right there. Now, in the comment section below, let us know if you’ve
heard of these false alarms or are there any big ones
we might have missed. Hit that thumbs up button as well ’cause it really helps us out. And that’s it from me,
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  2. With most of the movies that depicted the end of the world it always starts with the US and Canada is never apart of the attack lol i find that interesting and if Canada is part of it it's only when the us is already destroyed lol

  3. I left my job because my manager making a drama over a silly text I sent her for a laugh which was not too important to really bother over

  4. Wow… The Hawaii missile alert is fucked up. I feel so bad for anyone who was there for that. 38 MINUTES. Why tf did it take so long to send a new text like "nvm false alarm"? That is CRAZY.

  5. Can you even imagine thinking for 38 minutes that you and everyone you know and love are about to die? That is so sad. People were calling their children and families to say goodbye like ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ I truly can't even imagine..

  6. What a bunch of nuts believing one man knew the exact date of the end of the world! The Bible tells you no man knows the date and time only God does!

  7. I live in Hawaii… that missile alert was fucking crazy. I had 30 missed calls from my husband trying to wake me up.

  8. Hey Calen, I just wanted to say thanks for creating great content. I look forward to each and every new video, it's the highlight of my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. In war of the worlds, the aliens weren't trying to attack NYC. They were attacking a small town. Grover's Mills if memory serves.

  10. Looks like since back in the days AI's wanted to wipe up out even till now.. that's sad..
    Awesome content HAM

  11. The ballistic missile for Hawaii wasn't a false alarm. It was a real nuke that was launched from a submarine, but was thwarted by the Alliance. It was meant to be a false flag attack to be blamed on the North Koreans to start a war.

  12. New Year 2000. All computers where supposed to fail. Airplanes where supposed to fall out of the sky and Blackouts where supposed to be world wide. There was even speculation that Nuclear Missile sites would automatically launch because of the failsafe system.

  13. Another great video Callun, did make me laugh thinking about people running and hiding under manhole covers from zombies ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’‹

  14. That cult doomsday man should be in jail! Little yellow propaganda sticker on the side of the sign saying, "the Bible guarantees it!"

  15. Actually there are viruses that can make you act like a zombie, theres a Virus which make your Brain Sick which causes you to be angry and Emotionally distressed and you will go on a killing spree

  16. Hi Slapped Ham, just wanted to have my little say in the mix and thank you for putting all the hard work into making absolutely amazing and thought provoking videos! I absolutely love all your videos and can't get enough! Please never stop making xxx Just thought you should know your fans appreciate your hard work and all the effort isn't for nothing๐Ÿ’ช

  17. Terminus was the original name for Atlanta because it was the last station of the local line at that time. It was later renamed to Atlanta in 1847.

  18. Ya well you all think your safe right now when in reality we are still very close to WW3 breaking out at any moment now from possibly a military intervention in Venezuela to India & Pakistan tensions or North Korea getting ready to start missile/nuclear tests again to name a few…

  19. Then that guy who claimed that the world would end in 2011 would then say it was not his fault that people sold their possessions and now are in dire straights. While he isn't to some extent, he did insist that people sell their belongings etc. The guy is just a dirtbag basically and, if God is real, will have to answer to a higher being for his actions when he dies.

  20. Orson Wells said in the beginning of his radio show that it was a work of fiction people just either missed it or just didnโ€™t pay attention I have a recording of the original radio programming and I know he said that it was a work of fiction but he had to apologize for the panic it caused because people either missed the announcement or they didnโ€™t pay attention

  21. You should never treat any alarm as a fake you should treat it as an actual emergency because it could save your life

  22. Jesus said Himself no man shall know when I shall return even Jesus does not know the exact moment He may have more information than we humans do but if He doesnโ€™t know the exact moment I donโ€™t know why people think they can continue to predict when it will happen

  23. The sad part is, Harold Camping continued to predict the end of the world, and his followers still believed him, until he "retired".

  24. Umm i live in lake worth when the f did this happen?? Was I in a coma XD I woulda shared that shit with my British friends and freaked them out. Zombieeesss!!!

  25. Checks notifications on phone : missiles heading to America from north Korea. me its the end of the world and we know it !!!!๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜

  26. #9๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ guess they had snowflakes back then as well hope the broadcaster didn't get into trouble

  27. The War Of The Worlds broadcast did not cause severe panic. That was fake news at the time — newspapers were looking for ways to discredit the new media, radio. Much like TV/online mags are attacking YouTube today.

  28. How does a fire at a Student Dormitory lead to the end of the world?
    I get that the 'End of the world title' will cause more clicks, but its kinda cheap tbh.
    A Better title would be 'Shocking False Alarms that caused Chaos', still eye catching but not inaccurate

  29. 6:52 Reminds me of something a while back. My professor I had for Human Relations told us this in class. He said that there were told students, high schoolers, who would pull the fire alarm. First time the students left the building, and the firefighters came. There was no fire. Those kids just got a warning to not do it again. They kind of explained that it costs a lot of time and money. Time that they could be using if there was a real emergency. And money the would be losing personally for something not real.

    The next time it happened, the firefights from all over town all went to the school. They did this to give them a lesson. They fined the students the amount of money they would have been making during their work in an emergency. Their parents weren't very happy and after that they never pulled the fire alarm again.

    I had no idea that had happened. Thank you to Mr. Stanislav Petrov for not following protocol on that moment. Just thinking about what could have happened if he had actually reported it. It would all be over practically.

  30. That's not true about The War of the Worlds. Very few people heard the broadcast since there were only 3 radio stations, ABC, CBS and NBC. It aired against the one of the most popular shows of the time. Orson Welles continually stated that it was only a show. Orson Welles planted the stories about the supposed "panic" after it aired. Urban legend through the decades haveย hyped it even more.

  31. Mr.Stanislav Petrov a true genius and hero above all! Thank you! ะฑะพะปัŒัˆะพะต ัะฟะฐัะธะฑะพ!!

  32. Wait, you're fucking telling me that the ballistic missile warning is part of a drop down menu!? That doesn't seem safe, advanced, or logical. You'd think the government would have better tech than that.

  33. i heard the war of the world one was jus exaggerated greatly that wasnt really to much panic and during the show they always states it was a work of fiction

  34. Anyone notice in the beginning when he says "This is Slapped Ham" that the little emblem says " Snapped Ham" ?? That is odd. Maybe it's part of a Mandela affect. Either way I am scared. ๐Ÿ˜›

  35. I was in Hawaii about 1 mile from Pearl harbor. I prayed to God and faced it like a man. Was actually relieved it was finally over. The world that is.

  36. Awesome video
    …. this is becoming a problem. I am not sleeping because I can't stop watching your videos ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’™

  37. I live on the Big Island of Hawaiโ€˜i. The false missile alarm was by far the most frightening thing Iโ€™ve ever experienced in my half-century of existence. It still pisses all of us off that it took the agency nearly forty-five minutes to sound the all clear and let us know it was a fricking mistake.

    (What I found interesting was how calm my parents were, but theyโ€™ve survived two wars (WW2 Indonesia and the Independence War immediately following), so perhaps thatโ€™s why. Theyโ€™re pretty swell๐Ÿ’)

  38. Great move by Petrov. Heard about this before. He never received any attention. No thank you, nothing. Shameful. The man most likely saved the world. Doesnโ€™t even get a commendation or a handshake. But the give Nobel Peace Prizes to f*cking criminals. Everyone should know this mans name. We probably owe our lives to him.

  39. World war 2 was a war fought by 2 species using humans – we dont have the capacity to understand completely…life is good for us today so be happy…

  40. LMFAO Brainwashed Religious Fanatical Morons will believe anything it's sad actually that they can't think for themselves I'd trust a drug addict or alcoholic over a religious person

  41. I remember feeling so bad during the announcement of the Hawaii one… that is terrible. Those poor people ALL felt trapped and went thru the longest 38 minutes of their lives

  42. The Russian nuclear sub was a lot closer to beginning nuclear war.
    This wasn't just the height of the Cold War, it was in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The commanders had been told that not hearing from Moscow by a certain time and date meant that nuclear war had broken out and he was to fire the sun's missiles.
    The time had passed and they had no way to tell if explosions they felt and heard were bombs meant to destroy or just warning depth charges to get them to surface.
    They disobeyed orders due to the chance of miscommunication for reasons other than Soviet communications having been annihilated. Nearly everyone alive owes their lives to those captains' trusting their gut feelings as opposed to following orders.

  43. Me: plans on sleeping at a reasonable time tonight

    Slapped ham: uploads vid

    Me: watches it

    Me (again): ended up never sleeping

    My friend: Nevaeh wtf?!?!?!

    Me: crying

    My friend: are….. Are you okay??

    Me: WERE ALL GOING TO PHKING DIE!!!!

    my friend: calling a therapist

    The end

  44. I still have the screen shot of the alert we recโ€™d from the morning on the false missile threat here in Hawaii. We were headed to the beach & life just stopped. It was the worst feeling ever. We were on the phone with our boys, telling them we loved them & to stay where they were (about an hour away). We had no where to hide.

  45. A very disturbing episode to watch, realising just how many times this world may have become a devastated pile of ashes through simple errors…

  46. Regarding the apocalypse: For the record, our world ended when the digital age began. Things CAN be dead, yet still appear to be alive.

  47. โ€œBut someone chose the wrong option in the drop down menuโ€. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  48. Last one truly is amazing.. 90% of people would have followed protocol and the world would be a wasteland right now.

  49. Iโ€™d be less afraid zombies than other people in an actual collapse of society event. Even the walking dead shows that. Better weapon up, bunker down or join a local clan. Those with sailboats that can sail to remote islands would be in the best position.

  50. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    I LOVE YOUR CONTENT! KEEP IT UP SLAPPED HIM!!!!!

    ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  51. there wasnt actualy a panic because of the war of the worlds broadcast. the news just reported a few small account and tryed to upscale it.

  52. In reference to the Rapture/Armageddon, I am no longer a religious person, but having been in the Charismatic/Christian Rock scene in the 80s, I can tell you that JESUS CHRIST says IN THE BIBLE that EVEN HE doesn't know when that's gonna happen,

    Mathew 24:36. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

    If you think your pastor has more information than CHRIST about the Apocalypse, you're twice as batshit as the average Conservative Christian/Republican voter.

  53. The one in Hawaii was not a false alarm,but it wasn't what most people thought it was..if you're brave enough to look into it,I suggest you do so..great video โ˜บ๐Ÿ‘

  54. The Hawaiian one was the scariest. My whole family was terrified and it was the worst experience of my life

  55. Haha I remember the ballistics missile warning in hawaii I woke up saw that went back to sleep because I thought might as well go out when I'm sleeping lots of people freaked out tho

  56. Whelp as it turns out we all believe, at least once, that gullible is written on the ceiling. Well done Ham!

  57. The Hawaii one was not a glitch. It was real. The after story was only a cover for what actually occurred. The US Navy took care of the missile which had indeed been launched, but not towards land.

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