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The Trouble with Tumbleweed

The Trouble with Tumbleweed

Most of us know tumbleweed from its appearance in old Westerns, or maybe we’ve seen a couple along the side of the road in the desert Southwest. But as CGP Grey explains, these seemingly innocuous plants are anything but harmless, with their nasty thorns, incredible flammability, and propensity to multiply like, uh, weeds.

Indian or Native American?

Indian or Native American?

In the first episode of his series “Reservations”, CGP Grey explains how the Europeans who took over America slapped a label on its indigenous people that would later be thought of as offensive, yet is still commonly used within tribes. Plus, the term selected to replace it has stirred controversy for other reasons.

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Which Planet is Closest?

Which Planet is Closest?

We all learned the positions of the planets from some chart on the wall in grade school. But as CGP Grey reminds us, planets rotate in elliptical orbits at varying speeds around the sun, meaning that the answer isn’t quite as simple as you thought – depending on the question you’re actually asking.

Airplane Boarding Methods

Airplane Boarding Methods

CGP Grey explores the different ways that airplane passengers can be grouped for boarding, why it takes so long to board in the first place, and why airlines don’t use more efficient means. We love how letting people board at random is actually a viable solution.

What Is Federal Land?

What Is Federal Land?

If you’ve ever wondered why so many areas of land are considered federal property here in the good old U.S. of A., you’ll want to tune into CGP Grey’s video, which provides a great lesson on how land went from being doled out for free to being closely held by the government.

Who Owns the Statue of Liberty?

Who Owns the Statue of Liberty?

CGP Grey shares the ridiculous story of New Jersey and New York’s battle over the ownership of the Statue of Liberty. Thanks to England’s vague terms, Liberty Island has been in contention and eventually divided in the course of an unending struggle.

How YouTube Ads Work

How YouTube Ads Work

YouTube doesn’t have a schedule of shows to base the ads that will be shown alongside its videos. So instead, as CGP Grey explains, the site holds split-second ad placement auctions based on information and estimates about you and the video you’re about to watch.

Social Security Cards Explained

Social Security Cards Explained

CGP Grey explains how Americans have been forced to use their Social Security numbers as identification despite it being completely unfit for the purpose. You can get off the grid, but only under very specific circumstances.

Death & Dynasties

Death & Dynasties

“Being family is the qualification.” CGP Grey – who seems to be auditioning to become a text-to-speech voice – builds on his cynical guide to ruling with a discussion about dynasties. Supporters would rather stay under someone who’s familiar in more ways than one.

3 Rules for Rulers

3 Rules for Rulers

CGP Grey simplifies the lessons from The Dictator’s Handbook to present an incredibly depressing yet ultimately pragmatic picture of how leadership – be it of a country or a family – is achieved and sustained. Our robot overlords can’t get here soon enough.

The Simple Solution to Traffic

The Simple Solution to Traffic

The always compelling CGP Grey looks at the behaviors underlying traffic patterns, such as city gridlock and highway traffic jams. He provides some simple things we can do to reduce the problem, but his ultimate fix would require a far more dramatic change.

You Are Two

You Are Two

CGP Grey breaks down Roger Sperry’s Nobel Prize-winning split-brain experiment, in which several test subjects (!) underwent surgery to cut the nerves that connect their left brain with their right brain. It revealed that we have two minds in one body.

Should All Locks Have Keys?

Should All Locks Have Keys?

CGP Grey made two videos firmly arguing against any means, legal or otherwise, to defeat or circumvent digital encryption. As we rely more and more on digital storage and services, the outcome of this fight will affect not just us but also future generations as well.

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Vsauce, CGP Grey, & Vlogbrothers

Vsauce, CGP Grey, & Vlogbrothers

We’re pretty familiar with these three popular YouTube channels, so we were impressed with Conjecture’s spot-on meta parodies of each of their trademark styles. The impression of Vsauce’s Michael Stevens bit is amazingly accurate.

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