How Close We’ve Come to Nuclear War

From 1veritasium, 2veritasium, or sciencium.

This is a video about some of the many times we have nearly blown up the world. Head over to and enter code ‘Veritasium’ for 100 free blades with the purchase of a razor. Make sure to add both the razor and the blades to your cart for the code to take effect.

List of Broken Arrows —
Declassified Goldsboro Report —
Operation ChromeDome —
CIA website —

Cataclysmic cargo: The hunt for four missing nuclear bombs after a B-52 crash —
The Voice of Larry Messinger is from this documentary —
Even Without Detonation, 4 Hydrogen Bombs From ’66 Scar Spanish Village —
Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident —
Picture of ReVelle —
Great NPR where the audio of ReVelle is from —
CIA Website —

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Directed by Petr Lebedev
Written by Petr Lebedev and Derek Muller
Edited by Peter Nelson
Animated by Fabio Albertelli, Jakub Misiek, Ivy Tello and Mike Radjabov
Filmed by Derek Muller
Produced by Petr Lebedev, Han Evans, and Derek Muller
Additional video/photos supplied by Getty Images and Pond5
Music from Epidemic Sound