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Earworms Language Training

With the right rhythm and melody, a good song can easily get stuck in your head. Earworms takes advantage of this phenomenon to help you learn another language. Choose from Spanish, Italian, German, or French lessons, and save 50% in The Awesomer Shop.

How to Stop Quitting

How to Stop Quitting

Avid learner Mike Boyd shares his tips on not quitting when you want to learn something new. To demonstrate his suggestions, he tries to learn a difficult guitar lick. His tips include having clear goals and reasons, being specific and purposeful with training and more.

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How Humans Broke the Game

How Humans Broke the Game

(Gore) TierZoo explains the evolution of humans, enumerating the skills they acquired that would eventually lead us to become the most overpowered class. He also points out how Sapiens outlasted Neanderthals, even though the latter were stronger fighters.

Kurzgesagt: Strange Stars Explained

Kurzgesagt: Strange Stars Explained

Kurzgesagt takes on one of the most bizarre and terrifying objects in the universe: neutron stars. Formed when certain giant stars collapse, neutron stars are made of strange matter, which are theoretically “perfectly stable.” And that’s where Physics and English disagree.

How the Vietnam War Shaped Rock

How the Vietnam War Shaped Rock

Polyphonic lists some of the best classic rock songs that may not have existed if not for the Vietnam War. The list includes hits by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Edwin Starr and Marvin Gaye.

CD / Frame Rates

CD / Frame Rates

Captain Disillusion pauses from debunking viral videos to provide a little education for video newbies, with a great primer on how frame rates work, how they affect moving images, and why the NTSC broadcast TV standard is still an odd 29.97 fps.

If You Only Drank Milk

If You Only Drank Milk

Milk is supposed to be good for you, but our stomachs hurt at just the thought of consuming mass quantities of dairy. Life Noggin takes that idea to the extreme with a hypothetical scenario that will have lactose intolerants cowering in fear.

How Twitter Gets Manipulated

How Twitter Gets Manipulated

After looking at how evildoers mess with YouTube, Destin of Smarter Every Day takes a look at Twitter and its never-ending battle against bots. He spoke with security experts at Twitter and NATO to find out how these bots work, and why they are there.

A Timelapse of the Entire Universe

A Timelapse of the Entire Universe

We usually tune in to Melodysheep’s YouTube channel to listen to his songs, but this time, he’s brought us something even more compelling – a 10-minute review of the last 13.8 billion years, with narration by Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough.

Where Hollywood Shoots Plane Scenes

Where Hollywood Shoots Plane Scenes

Insider gives us a tour of Air Hollywood, a movie studio in Los Angeles where movies, TV shows and music videos shoot airplane scenes. They have configurable airplane sets made from actual planes. They even have a terminal set and a warehouse full of props.

The World’s Most Secure Buildings

The World’s Most Secure Buildings

The B1M lists some of the world’s most locked-down buildings, and highlights their measures to protect their contents from access and attacks. There’s a military surveillance outpost, a data center, the Vatican’s archives, Fort Knox, and the White House.

Fear of Missing Out

Fear of Missing Out

(PG-13: Language) Casually Explained has some legitimate advice this time. He talks about how to manage our fear of missing out. First by comparing it to past experiences, then lowering our expectations. Of course, there will be times when you do miss out.

DIY Iron-on Transfers

DIY Iron-on Transfers

There are ready made kits for iron-on or heat transfer printing. Shmoxd tried out two of them, then at 5:24 shows us how you can make ones just as good using screen printing and heat transfer powder. This method is cheap and good for low volume production.

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Asian Accents and Ls & Rs

Asian Accents and Ls & Rs

Pop culture often depicts Asian accents with swapped Ls and Rs when speaking in English. But as Vox reveals, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese accents can speak certain L sounds, but have difficulty with others.

How YouTube Gets Manipulated

How YouTube Gets Manipulated

“The Internet is fake.” Destin of Smarter Every Day got duped into watching an automatically generated video on YouTube about sensationalist politics. So he researched how it was happening and came up with this defense: stop hating and be more considerate.

Improbable Tales of Survival

Improbable Tales of Survival

(PG-13: Language) From a man who was shot through the head, to another who jammed a drill bit in there, to a guy who crash-landed his plane and fought off a pack of wild animals, Sam O’Nella Academy is here to regale us with another round of strange but true stories.

Filming the Speed of Light

Filming the Speed of Light

The Slow Mo Guys have captured some amazing imagery at speeds over 100,000 fps. But to visualize something as fast as the speed of light, they had to visit a science lab at Cal Tech to take advantage of a camera that shoots at 10 trillion fps. Learn more here.

The Science of Skin

The Science of Skin

Most of us already knew that skin was the largest organ in our bodies. But that’s just scratching the epidermis. TED-Ed explains how human skin works, and a few of the many functions that our outermost layers serve to keep us alive and functioning.

If We Detonated All the Nukes

If We Detonated All the Nukes

Another day, another happy thought about the end of the world from the guys at Kurzgesagt, as they asked scientists to put on their thinking caps about what might happen if we gathered up the approximately 15,000 known nuclear bombs and blew them all up at once.

No Such Thing as Fancy Vodka

No Such Thing as Fancy Vodka

American law states that vodka should be distilled or treated until it has no “distinctive character, aroma, taste or color.” So why are some vodkas more expensive than others? NPR points us to businessman Sidney Frank.

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The Rise of Food Computers

The Rise of Food Computers

MIT’s food computers are small robotic gardens that let people control, gather and share data about the conditions of a plant’s growth. Such systems can be built anywhere in the world, greatly accelerating learning and experimentation to improve crop yields.

How Blockbusters Make More Money

How Blockbusters Make More Money

Kid-friendly movies often make bank in theaters. But as Cheddar explains, they are increasingly going the Star Wars and Transformers route, where the movies serve to introduce memorable characters that can be turned into even more lucrative toys.

The Mid Night Club

The Mid Night Club

Drivetribe shares the mythical story of Japan’s most infamous street racing group, the Mid Night Club. Founded in 1987, the club was allegedly composed of rich businessmen and had strict requirements and rules about speed, skill, and safety.

The Largest Infrastructure Projects

The Largest Infrastructure Projects

A nation’s infrastructure needs to be continuously maintained and expanded to keep up with population and economic growth. The B1M identifies the largest infrastructure projects underway as of 2019, all costing staggering amounts of money and resources.

How Memes Transformed Hollywood

How Memes Transformed Hollywood

Before the Internet, movie fans were mostly passive audiences. But as Wisecrack points out, making online jokes and memes about pop culture has become so influential that it’s shaping how movies, TV shows, and their stars are perceived, marketed, and cast.

Animal Myths Debunked

Animal Myths Debunked

Did you know that there’s no such thing as an alpha wolf? How about the fact that the Tyrannosaurus Rex actually had great eyesight? Or that female dogs also hump? Learn all that and more in Mental Floss’ animal list show.

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