Fifteen years ago the attacks on New York City and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, changed the way America saw itself. The largest loss of life by foreign hands in the country's history, the attacks resonated deeply across the world. To this date, it is likely the most broadcasted incident in history - filtered for days and weeks across television sets in every corner of the earth.
It's been fifteen years since the attacks but there are still echoes of the event felt in the world. The United States, as well as a number of allied countries, are still in Afghanistan. Serious inquiries over the effect the dust from the attacks on the two World Trade Centre buildings are still being done, with several first responders suffering from respiratory illnesses and cancers believed to be tied to the attack. The New York City skyline has been forever changed, and let's be real when you're watching movies or television pre-2001 and the Towers are featured in b-roll or in an establishing heart, for at least a moment, your heart drops to your feet. In the United States, airline safety protocols are still enforced based on regulations introduced in the aftermath and a number of American laws have changed the way the country is run and how it sees itself.
Even young people who might not remember as much still know a lot about that day - or so they think. Surprisingly, for the most documented event in contemporary history there remains both questions and a lot of information that it seems that most people don't know about.
15 Princeton Machine Predicted Catastrophe
Housed at Princeton University is the Global Consciousness Project, in effect, an experiment designed to measure the interaction between physical systems and the "global consciousness." In effect, it's a machine plugged into a number of different systems. Using statistical inputs it measures shifts in people's behavior on a truly mass schedule.
14 Hijacker's Motel Was Across The Street From NSA
13 Wasn't The First World Trade Centre Bombing
12 Video Footage Of Pentagon Attack Kept Secret
11 Steve Buscemi Assisted FDNY
10 $100 Million In Art Was Destroyed
9 Canada Took In 255 Diverted US Flights
8 September 11 Used To Be A High Point In History
7 Alcohol Consumption Increased By 25%
6 Fires Finally Ceased 100 Days Later
5 Al-Qaeda Initially Targeted Nuclear Plants
4 Only 16 Survivors Found In Rubble
3 Names On Memorial Arranged By Relationship
2 New York Times Ran An Article On Every Victim
1 Church Attendance Rose By 20 %
In the aftermath of September 11th, it's not that surprising that places of worship, including churches and synagogues, saw a pretty substantial surge in attendance. Different polls indicate a rise between 20 and 25 percent in the weeks and even months that followed the attacks. With many people at a loss of how to handle their lives turned upside down, or the loss of loved ones, this surge was predictable -- though it's hard to say if many could have predicted such a strong bump. While this number held steady for a few weeks, by the next year on September 11, 2002, most churches reported that their numbers had dropped back down to normal numbers with some even experiencing a drop in overall attendance. Some point to religion being seen as a short term rather than long term fix, and expect in the event of another disaster or personal tragedy, people will return to the church. Mosque attendance during this period reportedly dropped though - with many New York City mosques reporting a nearly 50% drop in attendance, with many regular goers fearing hate crimes and violence.
Sources: Wall Street Journal, BBC, FBI, CBS News, Snopes, New York Post, TIME, Oxford Journals, The Guardian, 911 Memorial, New York Times
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