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Megadeath

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Megadeath is a term for one million deaths. It was coined by Cold War military strategist Herman Kahn in his 1961 book "On Thermonuclear War" in order to discuss the likely consequences of conducting wars with weapons of mass destruction. In Kahn's view, alternate scenarios in which the U.S. suffers 10 megadeaths instead of 100 should be weighed as "tragic but distinguishable outcomes."

In Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, General Buck Turgidson (played by George C. Scott) carries a binder titled "World Targets in Megadeaths."

The word megadeath was adopted (and adapted) by The Meggadeaths, a precurser to Pink Floyd, and in 1983 by the American thrash metal band Megadeth.

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