24/11/2015 10:09 GMT | Updated 24/11/2015 10:59 GMT

World War III Trends Worldwide After People On Twitter Point Out It's Trending


World War III began trending on Tuesday after the Turkish military downed a Russian fighter jet close to the Syrian border, quickly sending a terrified Twitter into panic.

Yet rather than indicating the genuine start of a third world war, the "most intelligent social network" appears to have simply sparked a self-fulfilling trend circle sending the phrase to the top of the site.

People appeared to be longing for an answer to the question, "Has World War III begun?" It appears that answer is no. Well, not yet.

Here's how the drama unfolded...

The vicious trend circle

The film analogies

The genuine concern

The high-brow analysis