One of my interests is "alternate history." What if Hitler had won World War II? What if the American Revolution had failed? What if the South had won the Civil War? What if Columbus' ships had sunk before he made it to the Americas? Asking these questions and trying to discern the answers is what alternate history is. Some great books have resulted: "For Want of a Nail," "Bring the Jubilee," "The Man in the High Castle," and many more.
Bill Livingston has a great list of headlines and stories from the newspapers of these alternate worlds:
AL CAPONE BEATS RAP:You get the idea. There are dozens more. Thought-provoking in the best way, and mostly hilarious.
"I just don't understand this music," says retired big band leader.
ATOMIC BOMB DETONATED IN NEVADA:
40,000 Mormons killed in first strike on Deseret by Republic of California. CSA and Apache Free State condemn attack. USA suspected in aiding RoC's research.
CASTRO THE HERO OF CUBA:
"Man with the Golden Gun" pitches second no-hitter.
DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN (!)
Champ KOs Missouri challenger in 10th round.