Historia Civilis is packed with excellent history lessons. While researching, they sometimes stumble across random knowledge that don’t fit into their normal flow. Here are three such strange tales. If nothing else, it’s worth listening to for dog name ideas.
Now that individual humans don’t need to forage or hunt for food, or build their own shelter, we really don’t need to do much to survive. Casually Explained goes over modern humankind’s general lack of motivation, along with some of our other wonderful traits.
Tokyo has experienced explosive population growth. To help cram more people into limited space, a famed Japanese architecture firm came up with the idea to build an enormous pyramid to house a million residents. Kento Bento explains their unusual idea and its challenges.
Wisecrack’s Garyx Wormuloid breaks down the themes explored by the Marvel mega movie Avengers: Infinity War. It’s about the perils of power unchecked – making decisions that decide the fate of billions of lives, while no one dares tell you about your weird get up.
With words like “though,” “cough,” “rough,” and “thought” all pronounced very differently, it’s a wonder anyone can speak English. Aaron Alon’s video talks about the strange nature of our language, then he starts speaking in a very strange way indeed.
Has your car been in a fender bender? Adam’s Life Hacks shows us how to remove dents by dousing the surface with boiling water, then pulling on the area with a plunger or suction cup. The hack works best on sheet metal or plastic panels, so it won’t work in all cases.
Today I Found Out explores one of life’s many imponderables (and a question Jerry Seinfeld asked first) – why is there a cereal called “Grape-Nuts” that contains neither grapes, nor nuts. Simon Whistler goes on to give us a few more facts about Post’s long-running cereal.
MP3 players are now a niche product, mainly integrated as a software feature in our phones. But back in 1979, before the mp3 file and the Internet were even invented, a man named Kane Kramer already envisioned a digital music player and an online marketplace for songs.
Kaptain Kristian is back with his latest “visual love letter,” a tribute to the animation of the Walt Disney Company. He explores a dozen different techniques Disney animators have used to make their creations lifelike, and that any animator could use to improve their craft.
Getting spaceships and satellites into orbit requires powerful rockets and all of the challenges that come with them. But would it be possible to use a giant cannon of sorts to shoot these objects safely into orbit instead? Curious Droid explores the possibilities.
Meat is delicious and packed with proteins and fats, but it’s being produced in quantities that are far greater than what nature intended. With a nod to Bob’s Burgers, Kurzgesagt explores the impact of mass-producing livestock to fill our bellies. We’re having salad for lunch.
Polyphonic takes us through the blues and rock scenes from the ’40s to the ’80s to look at the invention and evolution of the electric guitar distortion. For such an important and flexible effect, its funny to think that its origins and development mainly came from accidents.
The thought of setting up shop and living on the surface of the moon seems like a far away sci-fi dream, but we actually have the technology and smarts to do it in the next decade – assuming we had the funding. Kurzgesagt explains, in part one of their series about space colonization.
Services like Google Maps have way more influence on the world than you might think. Since people trust these maps, any information that ends up on them can become adopted as fact, like the names of areas which didn’t exist five minutes ago. Half as Interesting explains.