(PG-13: Language) If you can believe it, YouTube has only been around since 2005. Lots of things have changed with the service since then, and Casually Explained is here to casually explain the history of Google’s video juggernaut, and what its changes have meant for creators.
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Real Life Lore simplifies the reasons why time travel to the past is impossible, or rather philosophically unsound. Traveling to the past most likely means destroying your own present, which is either impossible or makes your journey impossible in the first place.
Kurzgesagt dusts off their 2013 video The History & Future of Everything and gives it a shiny coat of paint, with updated animations, and references to events of the last 5 years. Every time we hear about the Middle Ages, we feel much better about today’s problems.
Business Casual simplifies one of the most infamous tales in Silicon Valley. In the early ’70s, Xerox came up with a user-friendly way to interact with computers. But now Apple and Microsoft are the kings of PCs. Did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates really steal their idea?
Engineer Mark Rober and teacher Al “Doc Fizzix” Balmer explain the physics of these primitive race cars that get their power solely from the energy stored in a mousetrap’s spring. Along the way, you’ll learn about the principles of mechanical advantage, levers, and wheels.
Nerdwriter reminds us to be vigilant and read text before clicking links when we’re browsing online or playing games. He points us to “dark” patterns – bad user experiences that are designed to manipulate an outcome. For more, there’s a helpful awareness website.
This super-fine steel wool reminds us of Donald Trump’s hair. But these skinny metal strands are most interesting when they have their electrons excited by a microwave oven. Steve Mould explains why it behaves so spectactularly. The 9-volt battery trick is pretty neat too.
For their latest episode of Scatterbrained, Mental Floss offers up a number of interesting tidbits about shopping centers, which were once the epicenter of American shopping but have dramatically changed in the years since the advent of big box and online commerce.
Kurzgesagt explains an economic idea called egoistic altriusm. It argues that it’s in an individual’s best interest for those around him to be well off. You’ll have more people capable of solving your problems, and more people able to afford the solutions you offer.
Wired enlisted the help of a general surgery student to look at emergency room and operating room scenes in movies and TV shows. She points out what’s generally portrayed accurately, what would never work in real life, and which terms actually mean something.
(PG-13: Language) The Awesomer’s writing team has long since said farewell to their twenties, but we definitely could have used some of the words from exurb1a’s reference guide, which includes terms which could come in handy to describe the trauma of that youthful decade.
For his latest challenge, Mike Boyd took tips – and materials – from fellow serial learner 52 Skillz. The secret to ripping a phone book in half is to rest it against your hips while you hold the book in a certain way. He also shares how you can do the same to small books.
While we love the idea of therapeutic museums, The Art Assignment makes a compelling argument to visit these art houses as they are today. They hope that we can look not just for beauty or novelty, but also the artifacts’ ever changing context to society and to ourselves.