THE BEST Learning

Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam

Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam

(PG-13: Language) Adam Conover reminds us of one of the world’s greatest ad campaigns, i.e. outright lies. Diamond cartel De Beers duped us into thinking that engagement rings are a thing and that diamonds are precious.

The World’s Shortest Cooking Show

The World’s Shortest Cooking Show

Think your Instagram account is awesome? Check out chef Bart von Olphen’s Bart’s Fish Tales. It’s a cooking show where each episode is crammed into Instagram’s 15-second video limit.

Advertisement

Facebook Fraud

Facebook Fraud

Does the number of Likes on a Facebook page mean anything anymore? Veritasium presents damning evidence that Facebook’s “targeted” advertising service can be as illegitimate, useless and harmful as illegal like-boosting farms.

Fly Fighting

Fly Fighting

What’s most fascinating about this clips isn’t the footage of the flies fighting in slow motion, it’s that there’s something called “Substance P” that could be used to decrease (or increase) aggression in humans. Supervillains, get cracking.

What the Fox Say? (Really.)

What the Fox Say? (Really.)

Last year, Ylvis thought they could teach us all about Foxes, but it turns out they were completely wrong, as SciShow illustrates in this brief educational clip. And here we thought they said “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding.”

29 Misconceptions About Alcohol

29 Misconceptions About Alcohol

Who better to host an episode of Mental Floss about booze than our old pal Hannah Hart, who you may remember from her drunken mischief on My Drunk Kitchen. Here, she sets us straight on some myths about beer, wine and liquor.

3 Ways to Destroy the Universe

3 Ways to Destroy the Universe

Probably not the happiest video you’ll watch today, Kurzgesagt provides an animated explanation of some of the possible ways our universe will ultimately meet its demise. The good news is that it’s all theoretical.

The Experience of Being Trolled

The Experience of Being Trolled

“Making things does not mean that you sign you up to be harassed. Criticized, sure, but not harassed.” Idea Channel wonders if trolling has any merit. We say NOPE. But it’s still worth studying, if only so we’ll find out how to curtail it.

10 Biggest Animals of All Time

10 Biggest Animals of All Time

Syfy and B movie writers, here’s enough material for the year. YouTuber Hybrid Librarian catalogged some of the largest creatures to ever swim, crawl, stomp or fly on our planet. Props to blue whales for hanging around.

When Robots Go to War

When Robots Go to War

SkyNet sounds more and more possible as autonomous robots could take the place of humans on the battlefield. The Verge takes a look at the fascinating ethical and scientific debate behind letting robots do our dirty work.

Batman without Bill Finger

Batman without Bill Finger

Ty Templeton imagines what Batman would be without the input of writer Bill Finger. For most of his life, artist Bob Kane claimed sole credit for inventing the Dark Knight, but evidence suggests otherwise. 2/8/14 marks Bill’s 100th birthday.

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

“What we are now realizing is that we are guided, constrained and even controlled by the systems we have made.” From Kirby Ferguson (Everything is a Remix) comes a documentary miniseries about the forces that shape our lives.

What Does Human Taste Like?

What Does Human Taste Like?

(Gross) Vsauce takes on a topic that you may have secretly wondered about, but hopefully never explored. Learn about cannibalism, what ingredients different cultures prefer – and why we’re not going to eat veal ever again.

Advertisement

The Sum of All Positive Numbers

The Sum of All Positive Numbers

Numberphile and physicists Tony Padilla and Ed Copeland share one of the most mind-blowing concepts we’ve ever heard. Apparently, the sum of all positive numbers is not infinity. It’s not even a positive number. Mathlethes report here.

More Life Hacks Debunked

More Life Hacks Debunked

Mental Floss’ John Green tries 30 more supposed life hacks to see if they really work. Some of them are so simple that we think John tested them just to be silly. Also maybe he should let Meredith do the testing.

Slow Mo Beatboxing

Slow Mo Beatboxing

Smarter Every Day teamed up with the funny and talented DJ Flula to talk about the basics of beatboxing, including the concepts of timbre and overtone. Check out Flula’s channel to see more of his lips in slow motion.

33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories

33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories

This special episode of Mental Floss is hosted by The Gregory Brothers, and schools us on some of the wonderful and unlikely stories behind popular song lyrics over the years. “Scrambled eggs. Oh my, baby how I love your legs…”

Motion Sickness 101

Motion Sickness 101

Head Squeeze explains why we sometimes get sick in vehicles, a subset of a condition known as motion sickness. It’s also why you can get sick playing video games, which is why we’re not so excited about the Oculus Rift. Dammit brain!

Can Plants Think?

Can Plants Think?

Plants don’t have brains, but not only do they think, some of them can also hear, smell and remember. The real question is, what was Mark Wahlberg thinking? Hey plants, say hi to your mother for me.

The Science of Garbage

The Science of Garbage

The Sci Show tackles one of the most important issues of modern civilization: garbage disposal. Watch and learn why we should all do our part to reduce waste and dispose of it properly. Or your house could explode.

Advertisement

Does Being Cold Make You Sick?

Does Being Cold Make You Sick?

The short answer? It turns out our parents were right. Asap Science discusses the direct and indirect influence of cold temperature on the human body and on the cold and flu viruses that attack us. Stay warm people!

Mistakes

Mistakes

Vsauce takes a look at some of the most popular or influential mistakes in human history, from trivial ones such as the silent ‘k’ in words to the mind-blowing – albeit dubious – tale of a British war hero who let a young Adolf Hitler live.

$20 Homeless Care Kit

$20 Homeless Care Kit

YouTuber ynojf and his wife share a simple idea for helping homeless people in an affordable but still substantial way. With a few visits to thrift shops and dollar stores, they can fill a backpack with essentials for just $20.

Outer Space Myths

Outer Space Myths

Sci Code debunks a few myths about outer space propagated by science fiction. Find out why there’s no such thing as zero gravity, what space battles would sound like and how “cramped” asteroid fields are. Here’s our bonus trivia.

How Houdini Died

How Houdini Died

Watch Destin of Smarter Every Day punch a sculpted six-pack in slow-motion, as he explains how the legendary stunt performer Harry Houdini died: through a lethal combination of douchebaggery and stubbornness.

True Facts About the Armadillo

True Facts About the Armadillo

(NSFW: Language) ZeFrank talks about the armored mammal. Did you know that there’s only one species of armadillo that can roll up into a ball? And did you know that armadillos are susceptible to boner pits – dammit Jerry!

ADVERTISEMENT

Use Arrow Keys ← → for Faster Navigation

Home | About | Suggest | Contact | Team | Links | Privacy | Disclosure
Advertise | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Sites We Like

Awesome Stuff: The Awesomer | Gadgets, Games & Geeks: Technabob | Cool Cars: 95Octane
Site Design & Content © 2008-2021 Awesomer Media / The Awesomer™
Visit our Friends at: Not Always Right