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Where Is This Video?

Where Is This Video?

Can something that doesn’t exist have copies? In an era where art can be perfectly replicated, why do we still value the original work? Also, you’re a forgery. All that and more in another thought-provoking episode of Vsauce.

Birthday Traditions

Birthday Traditions

You may not know it, but there are ways to celebrate birthdays that don’t involve the Applebee’s waitstaff indifferently clapping. Mental Floss’ walks us through the diverse ways that other cultures celebrate their namedays.

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The Nicest Places in the Universe

The Nicest Places in the Universe

The Sci Show outlines the general clues that help scientists look for habitable planets, including the size of a planet, what type of galaxy it’s in and more. Being a stellar real estate agent is hard. Also quasars are more terrifying than black holes.

Rise of the Patent Troll

Rise of the Patent Troll

A primer on patent trolls by Kirby Ferguson (Everything is a Remix). These opportunistic people take advantage of antiquated laws and lax patent agencies to extort money. Do your part to help fight patent trolls here.

Why is Ketchup So Hard to Pour?

Why is Ketchup So Hard to Pour?

It happens to all of us. You get a bottle of ketchup and you can’t get it to come out at all. Then you slap the bottle hard and it pours out all over the table. TEDucator George Zaidan explains the physics behind ketchup’s bad behavior.

Shape: A Film About Design

Shape: A Film About Design

“Design” is often associated with fancy concepts for gadgets, clothes, cars, etc. Johnny Kelly and Scott Burnett remind us that even everyday objects, structures and surroundings need to be thoughtfully designed. Learn more here.

True Facts About the Octopus

True Facts About the Octopus

(Gross) ZeFrank resumes his True Facts series with an episode that’s as enlightening as it is hilarious. Watch and learn about the dangers of touching an octopus arm, how to compare the weirdness of two animals and more.

The Birth of the Lightsaber

The Birth of the Lightsaber

George Lucas, Mark Hamill and sound designer Ben Burtt talk about the conceptual and technical aspects of the most famous movie weapon of all time, the lightsaber. The documentary includes a lot of behind-the-scenes clips.

Fun Facts About Fun

Fun Facts About Fun

It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun. You’re gonna have fun, and I’m gonna have fun… We’re all gonna have so much f-ing fun… Or at least you’ll learn a thing or two about fun places, things and pastimes in the latest clip from Mental Floss.

Light Speed x Minecraft

Light Speed x Minecraft

YouTuber spumwack uses the simple graphics and programmable physics of Minecraft to better explain some of the complicated concepts of light speed. Like any good physics video he takes time to make us feel incredibly insignificant too.

52! Card Shuffle

52! Card Shuffle

There are just 52 cards in a deck, but it’s almost impossible that the sequence you get after a shuffle would be the same as anyone has ever seen before, or will ever see again. TEDucator Yannay Khaikin explains the mindboggling math.

Hong Kong’s Neon Signs

Hong Kong’s Neon Signs

Cpak Studio’s documentary about the neon sign business in Hong Kong. While they still dot the busy city’s landscape, the iconic neon signs are slowly being phased out, made obsolete by the rise of LEDs. Learn more at Neonsigns.hk.

What If? The Book

What If? The Book

Physicist and xkcd creator Randall Munroe will soon release a book version of What If?, his funny and enlightening science Q&A series. The book features unpublished articles as well as revised versions of some of the published ones.

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The Science of Spiciness

The Science of Spiciness

In this animated TED-Ed lesson, Rose Eveleth walks us through the physiology that make things seem spicy. Interestingly enough, it’s not a taste, but an aversion reaction to perceived heat. Say it with us, now: “polymodal nociceptors!”

26 Truths About Children’s TV

26 Truths About Children’s TV

Mental Floss’ John Green fills us in on a variety of tidbits and odd facts behind the kids’ shows we all know and love. They really should bring Schoolhouse Rock back – with actual rock bands. And Whoopass Girls was a great name.

What Is the Resolution of the Eye?

What Is the Resolution of the Eye?

Vsauce explores the complex science of human vision, our ability to distinguish fine details, and when the gadget megapixel/pixel density war stops mattering. And at the end of the video, Michael starts to sound a bit like Rust Cohle.

Slow-Mo Airbag Deployment

Slow-Mo Airbag Deployment

The Slow Mo Guys turn their 2,500fps camera lens towards automotive airbags to see how quickly and powerfully they explode to protect drivers. Be sure to stick around for the second explosion for the cooler of the shots.

The Weight of Mountains

The Weight of Mountains

“It is a life that carries the weight of being. An anticipation of sadness – that one day things will change.” Temujin Doran poignantly juxtaposes the life cycle of mountains with the human experience. BRB, off to hug a mountain.

Why Do We Cry?

Why Do We Cry?

Want to know why we tear up? Educator Alex Gendler and TED-Ed’s animators explain not only what makes us cry, but how we have different kinds of tears for different situations. And here we thought that onions just made us sad.

Inaccuracies in Science Illustrations

Inaccuracies in Science Illustrations

Mental Floss reminds us that some of the scientific illustrations we’ve come to know are far from accurate, from the atomic model to the ubiquitous world map. Bonus fact: Vsauce Michael can stay on topic for an entire lesson.

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10 Little-Known Oscar Facts

10 Little-Known Oscar Facts

With the 86th Academy Awards coming up, YouTube channel alltime10s shares 10 little-known facts about the coveted trophy. Here’s what Walt Disney’s and Edgar Bergen’s special Oscars looked like.

The Evolution of Cellphones

The Evolution of Cellphones

Motion designer Amrit Pal Singh made this animated timeline showing some of the notable cellular phones in the past 40 years, from Motorola’s monstrous 1.8lb brick to the light and powerful smartphones we have today.

Indian Headshakes

Indian Headshakes

Here in the States, we pretty much have two headshakes – “yes” and “no” – but in India, there’s a number of different, and sometimes confusing gestures. In this short clip, YouTuber MeenFriedChickenCurry explains it all to us.

Can Silence Drive You Crazy?

Can Silence Drive You Crazy?

An anechoic chamber is a room that eliminates echoes by absorbing sound waves. It’s so quiet inside, some say you can go insane if you stay even a few minutes in it. Veritasium hung out in BYU’s chamber to see what would happen.

Wes Anderson’s Visual Themes

Wes Anderson’s Visual Themes

Wes Anderson’s movies are instantly recognizable. Way Too Indie presents interviews with the director as well as related footage that sheds light on his perfectionist and theatrical approach to film making. More here.

XKCD: Frequency

XKCD: Frequency

Randall Munroe used a grid of animated gifs to illustrate how often certain events, phenomena or actions occur in real time, from mundane things like someone getting a tattoo to someone dying of cancer.

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