History Series / LifeAfterPeople

9th Dec '17 7:07:09 AM maxwellsilver
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* AfterTheEnd

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* TheBigEasy: Discussed.

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Well, [[SubvertedTrope what about them?]], they vanished, too. On the other hand, the things we've sent into space are worth noting. Quite a bit of focus is given to how long mankind's space-borne achievements will last, including the International Space Station (not very long), to artifacts left on the Moon (about 10,000 years) to the Voyager probes (a ''very'' long time).

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Well, [[SubvertedTrope what about them?]], they vanished, too. On the other hand, the things we've sent into space are worth noting. Quite a bit of focus is given to how long mankind's space-borne achievements will last, including the International Space Station (not very long), to artifacts left on the Moon (about 10,000 years) to the Voyager probes (a ''very'' long time).



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* TheEiffelTowerEffect - The final fate of every major landmark is more or less complete erasure by the elements, except possibly the simpler and sturdier momuments that have already survived the ravages of time, such as the Pyramids, or similar structures made of granite, limestone, and such. It's discussed that Mt. Rushmore's faces might be just partially recognizable after 10 thousand years.

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* TheEiffelTowerEffect - TheEiffelTowerEffect: The final fate of every major landmark is more or less complete erasure by the elements, except possibly the simpler and sturdier momuments monuments that have already survived the ravages of time, such as the Pyramids, or similar structures made of granite, limestone, and such. It's discussed that Mt. Rushmore's faces might be just partially recognizable after 10 thousand years.



*** Subverted for anything that manages to get itself buried and/or "fossilized".

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*** ** Subverted for anything that manages to get itself buried and/or "fossilized".



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--> [[KillItWithFire One will be marred by fire]] in a [[TitleDrop Life After People]]. Will the other face [[KillItWithWater death by water?]]

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--> [[KillItWithFire One will be marred by fire]] in a [[TitleDrop Life After People]].People. Will the other face [[KillItWithWater death by water?]]



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*** New York City's [=MetLife=] Building, due to methane gas leaking in from the tunnels of adjacent Grand Central Station.
*** Breweries. Grain dust is highly explosive, and rotting grain generates heat.
*** Fireworks factories. Surprised?
*** Subverted with military hardware, which is surprisingly explosion-free considering that gunpowder destabilizes after about a century. Also, ballistic missiles need constant monitoring to ensure that their own fuel doesn't do them in, and pressure-activated devices like landmines can trigger even during a hard freeze. The series missed lots of opportunities here.

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*** ** New York City's [=MetLife=] Building, due to methane gas leaking in from the tunnels of adjacent Grand Central Station.
*** ** Breweries. Grain dust is highly explosive, and rotting grain generates heat.
*** ** Fireworks factories. Surprised?
*** ** Subverted with military hardware, which is surprisingly explosion-free considering that gunpowder destabilizes after about a century. Also, ballistic missiles need constant monitoring to ensure that their own fuel doesn't do them in, and pressure-activated devices like landmines can trigger even during a hard freeze. The series missed lots of opportunities here.
9th Dec '17 7:00:21 AM maxwellsilver
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[[NetworkDecay Despite being entirely about a purely hypothetical and arguably unlikely future rather than being about history]] (making it more of a nature/ecology program than a history program), the original ''Life After People'' special became History Channel's [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/07/AR2008030703256.html?hpid=artslot highest rated program]] ''ever''. Although, of course, one could argue that most of the predicted results are accompanied by historical records of what happened - for example at 20-25 years after people, they showed the ruins of Pripyat, which was abandoned in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster 20-25 years before the show aired. Other accounts of shorter periods also quoted records of pets eating their owners' corpses for survival if they were locked inside and could not get out to find food. However, this is only a small portion of the show, and most of it is still speculative.

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[[NetworkDecay Despite being entirely about a purely hypothetical and arguably unlikely future rather than being about history]] history (making it more of a nature/ecology program than a history program), the original ''Life After People'' special became History Channel's [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/07/AR2008030703256.html?hpid=artslot highest rated program]] ''ever''. Although, of course, one could argue that most of the predicted results are accompanied by historical records of what happened - for example at 20-25 years after people, they showed the ruins of Pripyat, which was abandoned in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster 20-25 years before the show aired. Other accounts of shorter periods also quoted records of pets eating their owners' corpses for survival if they were locked inside and could not get out to find food. However, this is only a small portion of the show, and most of it is still speculative.
7th Dec '17 5:02:51 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Subverted. Our TV & radio waves - [[AliensStealCable once thought to last forever in space]], deteriorate after a few light years. The ''Voyager'' spacecraft and their Golden Records will be dinged up beyond recognition in a few thousand years.

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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Subverted. Our TV & and radio waves - [[AliensStealCable once thought to last forever in space]], deteriorate after a few light years. The ''Voyager'' spacecraft and their Golden Records will be dinged up beyond recognition in a few thousand years.
7th Dec '17 5:01:50 PM 64SuperNintendo
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** ArtisticLicenseEngineering: the most likely failure mode for elevator emergency brakes is plastic creep, meaning the brakes will partially release and the elevator will slowly slide down to the bottom of the shaft.

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** ArtisticLicenseEngineering: the The most likely failure mode for elevator emergency brakes is plastic creep, meaning the brakes will partially release and the elevator will slowly slide down to the bottom of the shaft.
30th Sep '17 8:32:11 PM nombretomado
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A television special SpeculativeDocumentary film that premiered on January 21, 2008 on TheHistoryChannel. A spin-off television series, ''Life After People: The Series'', premiered on the same channel on April 21, 2009; the series touched on many aspects of life on post-human planet Earth that were excluded from the film.

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A television special SpeculativeDocumentary film that premiered on January 21, 2008 on TheHistoryChannel.Creator/TheHistoryChannel. A spin-off television series, ''Life After People: The Series'', premiered on the same channel on April 21, 2009; the series touched on many aspects of life on post-human planet Earth that were excluded from the film.
25th Jun '17 8:17:18 AM Rmpdc
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* OnceAnEpisode: Several. The power going out, the eventual destruction of a famous landmark somewhere in the world, a RealLife example of a place without people...
9th Jan '17 5:29:20 PM nombretomado
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* JustForPun - A number of comments about future results have some rather wry connotations, often also invoking the BondOneLiner. Two of them include one about a major work by LeonardoDaVinci which has needed restoration over many years including dehumidifiers. Now that people are no longer around to save it from degradation, "How long before nature finishes off ''The Last Supper''?" The second one mentions that the Taipei 101 building, the second tallest building in the world, which "is often said to look like a stack of [Chinese food] take out boxes. How long before nature ''takes out'' Taipei 101?"

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* JustForPun - A number of comments about future results have some rather wry connotations, often also invoking the BondOneLiner. Two of them include one about a major work by LeonardoDaVinci Creator/LeonardoDaVinci which has needed restoration over many years including dehumidifiers. Now that people are no longer around to save it from degradation, "How long before nature finishes off ''The Last Supper''?" The second one mentions that the Taipei 101 building, the second tallest building in the world, which "is often said to look like a stack of [Chinese food] take out boxes. How long before nature ''takes out'' Taipei 101?"
5th Jan '17 1:42:10 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* {{Irony:}} After ten million years, fossilized corpses of humans will be pushed a mile and a half underground, eventually transforming into the very oil they used to run their civilization.

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* {{Irony:}} {{Irony}}: After ten million years, fossilized corpses of humans will be pushed a mile and a half underground, eventually transforming into the very oil they used to run their civilization.
5th Jan '17 1:41:56 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* {{Irony:}} After ten million years, fossilized corpses of humans will be pushed a mile and a half underground, eventually transforming into the very oil they used to run their civilization.



* TimeAbyss: The only things that could really last into the far future are possibly the Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, and our fossilized remains.

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* TimeAbyss: The only things that could really last into the far future are possibly the Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, space probes, plastics, and our fossilized remains.
28th Dec '16 5:13:19 PM LarryMullen
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* ShootTheMoney: The producers must have spent a small fortune on creating the CGI collapse of the Space Needle in Seattle, because they used it over and over again in the original special.
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