A butterfly—possibly a cabbage white, or similar
variety—spreads itself across a leaf in New York's Central Park.
It stretches lazily in the warm sunshine and contentedly flaps its
wings. This motion generates a small current of air, barely
perceptible, but sufficient enough to divert the course of an
airborne spore. The spore lands beside a pathway and begins to
Passing through Indian airspace, the captain of a Korean airliner
is astounded to see four million penguins wearing rocket packs
approaching him, directly on his flight path. The penguins are
equally surprised and swerve abruptly to miss the plane.
Unfortunately, they fly smack into Mount Everest, knocking the top
off. The shock wave travels around the world, triggering
earthquakes in—amongst other places—California, Japan and
A rather tounge-in-cheek example of the Butterfly Effect.
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