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The Mystery at the Bottom of Physics

The Mystery at the Bottom of Physics

(PG-13: Language) “The universe is as mad as a bucket of coked-up ferrets.” Exurb1a looks at universal constants and laws of physics which provide us with context for everything, and help us make sense out of the seemingly random nature of things.

Are Spoilers Really Bad?

Are Spoilers Really Bad?

We live in a time when people flinch at even the slightest giveaway of plot points. But does knowing the outcome of a story actually decrease one’s enjoyment of a story, or does it actually enhance the experience? Thomas Flight explores the science of how spoilers affect us.

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Why Are Your Fingerprints Unique?

Why Are Your Fingerprints Unique?

Fingerprints have been used as a reliable method of personal identification for over 500 years. MinuteEarth provides a brief explanation about what makes each of our digits different, and why it’s basically impossible for two to ever be the same.

The CIA’s Rectal Tool Kit

The CIA’s Rectal Tool Kit

Desperate times call for desperate measures. The International Spy Museum claims that this tool kit was given to some CIA operatives at the height of the Cold War. It was meant to be stored in the rectum, and contained tools for escaping from a cell.

Frank Sinatra & the Concept Album

Frank Sinatra & the Concept Album

Albums are typically a collection of an artist or a group’s new songs. Then there are concept albums, which are centered around a theme. Polyphonic explains how Frank Sinatra’s 1955 release In the Wee Small Hours laid the foundation for the concept album.

Top 5 Animal Team Combos

Top 5 Animal Team Combos

Think you and your dog make a good team? TierZoo is here to make you reconsider. He presents five of the best mutually beneficial partnerships in the animal world, whether it’s for survival, hunting, or both.

Why Japan’s Games Get Extra Fingers

Why Japan’s Games Get Extra Fingers

While many video game characters have four fingers, the practice is frowned upon in Japan, resulting in special variants of everyone from Bart Simpson to Crash Bandicoot. Censored Gaming looks at the history behind the strange 4-fingered discrimination in the country.

The Turret Spider

The Turret Spider

Native to California, the turret spider is a sneaky predator. Instead of building a web, it builds a small tower out of silk and soil, and covers it with plants and moss. It lives inside the tower for all its life, only springing into action when it senses vibrations nearby.

If It Never Stopped Raining

If It Never Stopped Raining

While there are certainly places on our planet that could use a good downpour, we’d have a whole new set of problems if the rains came and never let up. Life Noggin explores the hypothetical scenario of endless rain, and what it might mean for our planet.

Making Bioplastic from Scratch

Making Bioplastic from Scratch

Relics? No, they’re newly made cups. How to Make Everything tried to make biologically-sourced plastic using milk, potatoes and sugar. He actually succeeded in making plastic out of all three ingredients. But molding them was another matter. At least they’re biodegradable.

History’s Deadliest Colors

History’s Deadliest Colors

Over the years, people have used colorful pigments which promised health benefits, beauty, or artistic merit, but ended up being killers. J. V. Maranto explores some of the nastiest colors in this TED-Ed short. Yes, people used to cover themselves with lead paint.

How Big is a Trillion Dollars?

How Big is a Trillion Dollars?

Have you ever wondered just how much room you’d need to store a trilion one dollar bills? No? Too bad, you’re going to find out anyhow, thanks to this short video from Animated Comparisons which shows the relative sizes of stacks of bills in various amounts of money.

Is Organic Really Better?

Is Organic Really Better?

Organic food has long been touted as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to conventionally-raised food. But are these more naturally-raised (and more expensive) fruits, veggies, and animals truly better for us and the planet? Kurzgesagt digs into the controversy.

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Origins of Common Phrases

Origins of Common Phrases

Did you know the phrase “balls to the wall” got its start as a term pilots used because their throttle controls had balls on the end of them? See, you already learned something today. Sam O’Nella Academy is here to school us on the etymology of a few other phrases as well.

Casually Explained: Travel

Casually Explained: Travel

Are you getting cabin fever as winter’s icy grip sets in? Then consider reserving yourself a ticket and going somewhere new. Casually Explained offers some advice on how to pick your destination, some tips for negotiating your way through the airport, and more.

The Eight Spiders

The Eight Spiders

You’ve probably heard of the trivia that on average, people accidentally swallow eight spiders per year. LEMMiNO even points out that it’s in hundreds of articles and books. Watch him go to great lengths to find its origin, and the shocking potential truth about it.

How Does Banksy Make Money?

How Does Banksy Make Money?

“I can’t believe you morons actually buy this.” The Infographics Show shares a brief history of urban artist Banksy as well as the various ways people have profited off his work. If you want to buy his work straight from him, keep an eye on this website.

AI Expert Critiques Sci-Fi

AI Expert Critiques Sci-Fi

Science fiction is loaded with depictions of artificial intelligence – usually becoming sentient and running off the rails. BuzzFeed’s Professionals Review asked an AI scientist for her take on the on-screen tech, and how far away we are from such realities.

Why Airlines Overbook Flights

Why Airlines Overbook Flights

If you’ve ever been bumped from a flight because there are more people on the plane than seats, you know how frustrating it can be. Cheddar explains how airlines get away with this practice on a regular basis, and why there’s little chance it will change.

Medieval Peasant Food

Medieval Peasant Food

Movies and TV shows set in the Middle Ages often depict peasant meals as unsightly brown blobs. But historian Chris Carr knows otherwise. She dropped by Modern History TV to share what would normally be an actual peasant meal: brown bread, salmon, peas and beer.

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The Story of Champion

The Story of Champion

(PG-13: Language) In recent years, Champion has become a popular streetwear brand. But as NachoAverageFinds shares, this is not the first time that the brand has enjoyed the spotlight. The 99-year-old company first found success in outfitting sports teams.

A Celebrity Trainer at Work

A Celebrity Trainer at Work

Celebrity trainer Jason Walsh sums up the routines and exercises that he used to get Bradley Cooper, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Brie Larson, Alison Brie and Emma Stone in shape for their various roles in movies and TV.

How to Read Poker Tells

How to Read Poker Tells

Poker champ Liv Boeree explains a few of the tricks she uses to spot clues in other players’ demeanor to figure out if they’re bluffing. Of course, really good players can fake tells, but there’s still useful advice for spotting liars, especially looking places other than their faces.

How Aircraft Carriers Work

How Aircraft Carriers Work

Aircraft carriers are one of the most imposing forms of military might. Wendover Productions shares some trivia about how these cities at sea work, such as their massive workforce, how they resupply, and the fact that they never travel alone.

A/V Connectors Explained

A/V Connectors Explained

Modern audio and video devices connect to your TV or receiver’s HDMI port. If you were wondering why there are often still other connectors and slots at the back of your TV, check out Techquickie’s video explaining each connector’s purpose.

The Birthday Paradox

The Birthday Paradox

Even though there are 365 days in a year there’s a 50% chance that two people in a group of 23 will share the same birthday. Increase the number of people to 75 and there’s nearly a 100% chance of a match. How can that be? Kevin of Vsauce2 explains the math.

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