Do You Know How the World Changed After WWII?


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World War II was a defining moment in the history of the world, and so much changed once it was done. Do you know the real ramifications? In this quiz, we'll explore why nothing could ever be the same after WWII.

Was WWII the deadliest conflict in human history?

WWII was, without question, the deadliest conflict in human history. 50 to 85 million people were killed between 1939 to 1945.

Which of these defined WWII?

Hopefully, everyone knows that the Holocaust was one of the most brutal ways that WWII changed history. But the atomic bombs used in Japan were no joke either.

Startlingly, WWII led to what?

The Second World War prompted a lot of innovation. You wouldn't believe all that was created during and after the war.

Which of these words was created during WWII?

The word "genocide" didn't exist before WWII. The term was coined by a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin.

When was the term "genocide" first used?

The use of the word "genocide" first happened at the Nuremberg trials. That was in 1945, but the word became international in 1948.

What has been called "the bedrock of ethical standards for human experimentation and informed consent"?

The World Medical Association's Helsinki Declaration changed medical ethics forever. This was prompted by the atrocities of the Third Reich.

The United Nations was founded when?

The United Nations was founded as a consequence of WWII. It was founded in 1945 to prevent another conflict as deadly as WWII.

What was the name of the first computer built during WWII?

The Colossus was the first computer ever created, and it happened in WWII. It was developed by British code breakers.

The first computer was the size of _______.

The first computer was a behemoth, to say the least. The public didn't learn about Colossus until the 1970s.

WWII improved which of these?

WWII prompted an improvement in radar technology. That basically means that we have better microwaves, among other things.

Thanks to WWII innovation, we were able to eventually discover _____.

Thanks to the radar technology that was improved in WWII, we were able to discover the HMS Titanic on the ocean floor. Sadly, that also improved police radar guns.

What happened to German patriotism post-WWII?

One of the consequences of WWII was that German patriotism plummeted. Some have referred to it as the "lost identity."

Who said, "In my generation, we lived under the impression that the term patriotism was poisoned during Nazi times"?

This is a famous quote from former German president, Richard von Weizsaecker. He served from 1984 to 1994.

Soldiers in WWII took up _____.

Some say that WWII created a culture of reading. American publishers gave away nearly 123 million free books to soldiers.

After WWII, books were _____.

Books were a luxury before WWII. They cost on average two dollars or more. Cheap wartime paperbacks changed all that.

Thanks to WWII, we got _____.

Japan was in control of the world's rubber supply before WWII. That means that during the war, we had to be inventive. Government Rubber Styrene was the answer.

Thanks to our synthetic rubber, we have _____.

Thanks to the synthetic rubber that we created in WWII, we have a ton of good stuff. God bless American innovation.

After WWII, we got ______.

Unfortunately, some think that WWII led to the current obesity epidemic. They attribute this to folks moving to the suburbs.

After the war, the government had a surplus of ______ .

The government had a surplus of fertilizers and pesticides after WWII. That led to a lot of food production! We're human, so we stuffed ourselves.

There was particularly an abundance of _____ after the war.

Corn production really did skyrocket after the war. Broccoli production did not.

_____ was invented as a result of WWII.

Superglue was invented during WWII. Cyanoacrylate was discovered by scientists who were looking to create clear plastic gun sights for use during the war. This was a prototype, and Super Glue was finally discovered in 1958.

_____ was invented in WWII.

Duct tape was a WWII invention. Johnson & Johnson invented it as a waterproof sealing tape to be used in the war.

After WWII, there was a lot of ______ in America.

There was a huge post-war building craze. Was the new duct tape used to seal up air ducts? Some buy it and others don't.

After WWII, ____ was patriotic.

Okay, all of these things were patriotic after WWII. But plastic in general, and Tupperware specifically, were pure Americana.

Who said, "With the end of the war [polyethylene] was another young veteran that had accelerated from childhood to a fighting job"?

Earl Tupper, who created Tupperware, is famous for talking about plastic as though it were a soldier. Tupperware basically helped to domesticate plastic.

WWII gave us a better understanding of _____ .

Believe it or not, submarine technology called the sound spectrograph, created for WWII, helped us to better study birdsong. "For the first time, the extraordinary virtuosity of the avian voice was revealed in all its glorious detail." That was from a birdsong expert. Peter Marler.

Soldiers were the only ones that got to eat _____ .

M&M's didn't even appear until 1941, but they were yanked from the shelves so that only soldiers could have them. When the war was over, a lot of M&M's-loving soldiers came back home.

After WWII, the borders of which country totally changed?

The borders of Poland were altered by WWII. The borders were redrawn following the Potsdam Conference of 1945.

After WWII, Germany was divided in _____.

Germany was completely divided in fourths after WWII. Three of the fourths were controlled by the Allies, one by the Axis

The east side of Germany was _____.

East Germany was the Communist side. It was controlled by the Soviet Union.

What was the west side of Germany called?

West Germany was known as the Federal Republic of Germany. The western three quarters of Germany went to the Americans, French and British after the war.

What happened to Berlin, following WWII?

Berlin split after WWII. Both sides wanted to share the capital of Germany, and this became quite complicated.

In the U.S., after WWII, there was a baby ____.

Famously, there was a Baby Boom in the U.S. after WWII. That's where the term Baby Boomers comes from.

WWII led to what, in the U.S.?

WWII led to an affluent society in America. This is also when the seeds of the Cold War were sewn.

Thanks to WWII, we have _____.

It was thanks to WWII that we have McDonald's today. It began as a drive-in restaurant in San Bernardino, CA, and everyone craved burgers.

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