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Why Denmark Is .08 Seconds Behind The World

Measuring time is a complicated thing. Computers, banks, and stock markets in Denmark all use UTC, the international standard: but according to the la...

How Auto-Tune Works

Featuring the Gregory Brothers! Go subscribe to them: https://youtube.com/schmoyoho Pitch correction: it can make terrible singers sound decent, brill...

This Is Your Brain On Stale Air

Subscribe to Kurtis Baute! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTRM8LE1g6UXrVZKwgw5oEA or start with his one-take video on the history of the universe: ....

I Got To See And Hold My Brain

Subscribe to Neuro Transmissions! https://www.youtube.com/user/neurotransmissions or start with their video on how to train a cat to high-five: ...

Slowing Down A Stock Exchange With 38 Miles Of Cable

High-frequency traders have a few tactics on stock exchanges: but simply put, they gather price information faster than anyone else, sometimes even fa...

If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos

There's a reason music videos look strange. I could just talk about framerate, cuts and continuity... or I could get an actual music video director. A...

The Consequences of Your Code

This is the story of one of the best, and also one of the worst, text messages I've ever received. It's about harm, about consequences, and about the ...

The Fishermen That Hold Their Breath For 10 Minutes

Go subscribe to Medlife Crisis! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgRBRE1DUP2w7HTH9j_L4OQ or start with Rohin's video on why you shouldn't test for ...

How The First Ever Telecoms Scam Worked

In the 1830s, two French brothers, François and Joseph Blanc, pulled off the first telecoms scam in history. The optical telegraph, a line of semaphor...

Testing The World's Longest Echo

Technically, the Inchindown oil tanks in Invergordon, Scotland, have the world's longest reverberation, but that makes a much worse title. We tested t...

Tom Scott Articulately Debunks the Robot Apocalypse

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The Artificial Intelligence That Deleted A Century

In the last week of December, 2028, humanity forgot about more than a century of pop culture. You've probably never thought about it, and never found ...

Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

In Lancaster, California, there's a musical road. When you drive over it, it plays the William Tell Overture. Unfortunately, it's out of tune. Here's ...

7 Illegal Things To Do In A British Election

http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - Don't worry: unlike last time I did a video like this, I'm not actually going to attempt to do any...

How Knot To Hang A Painting

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California City: The Largest City Never Built | Tom Scott Has a Field Day

SUBSCRIBE ▻▻ https://goo.gl/BuQQrm Tom Scott Explains the World ▻ http://bit.ly/1NG0VRU The Life of a Hot Pepper ▻ http://bit.ly/1HDO2Fu In the middle...

How The 90s VHS Look Works

90s VHS video filters are in fashion right now, and most producers are using the same filter as everyone else. Why does the filter look like it does? ...

We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It

The title says it all, really. Thanks to Barry from My Virgin Kitchen - go see him cook and test three different garlic breads here: https://youtu.be/...

Arson as a Christmas Tradition: The Gävle Goat

In Gävle, Sweden, every year they build Gävlebocken, an enormous traditional Swedish Christmas straw goat. And every year, someone tries to burn it do...

That Time I Got In Trouble With The Government

The first part of "How To Be Popular On The Internet*" is all about an old saying: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And if you do succee...

Will YouTube Ever Run Out Of Video IDs?

In the URL of each YouTube video is the 11-character video ID, unique for each video. Can they ever run out? Just how many videos can YouTube handle?

I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is

I can show a brighter pink. I can show a more saturated pink. But I can't show you this pink. Not quite. More about Stuart Semple and his pigments: .....

The Most Dangerous Stretch of Water in the World: The Strid at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

I know, I know, it's a clickbait title. But I stand by it, because the water is so deceptive, and so pretty, and there's a path that leads straight do...

We Made a Banhammer (feat. NerdCubed)

For years, moderators of online forums and chat rooms have wielded a metaphorical "banhammer" to deal with anyone who steps out of line. Now it's real...