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Why Denmark Is .07 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...

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...

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: ...

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: ....

How Knot To Hang A Painting

Subscribe to Up and Atom! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSIvk78tK2TiviLQn4fSHaw/ or start with Jade's video on quantum tunnelling: ...

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 ...

Why NASA Spun Astronauts Around, But Doesn't Any More

The Multi Axis Trainer, or MAT, is an icon of space exploration and astronaut training. But other than spinning round kids at Space Camp: what's it ac...

The Canyon That Humans Made By Accident

The tourist guides promote it as Georgia's Little Grand Canyon: but this is a scar on the Earth, caused by humans either not understanding or not cari...

Stealing Our Friend's Brain Backup PRANK (GONE WRONG!!!) 🤯🤯🤯

WASSUP KINGDOM, it is time to GET JACK BACK for last week. Callum has Jack's backup and it's time for some FUN. Download link: https://share.dl/iijAKA...

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 ...

Your New Social Credit Score

From January, every citizen of England and Wales will have a new social credit score. Advice from the Department for Community and Culture. ⏩ is a ser...

The City of Golf Carts

Some American cities use buses, or trams, or trains. Peachtree City, Georgia, has a different solution: it's not quite public transit, but a hundred m...

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 ...

The Other Tree That Owns Itself

The Tree That Owns Itself in Athens, Georgia is well known. The other Tree That Owns Itself in Eufaula, Alabama, really isn't. It's the same story in ...

The Sweater Curse and Clothing Controversies: Citation Needed 8x06

That's it! That's the end of the series. You made it! Congratulations! Enjoy the best mime that Matt has ever done. BONUS MATERIAL: ...

An American Stonehenge: The Mysterious Georgia Guidestones

In a field near Elberton, Georgia, USA, sit a set of mysterious standing stones: mysterious not because they're ancient, but because they were funded ...

The Crazy Eights Incident and the Pumpy Thing: Citation Needed 8x05

I realise we never actually define "pumpy thing" in this video. I'm not going to define it here either. BONUS MATERIAL: ...

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...

Hail Cannons and Operation Popeye: Citation Needed 8x04

No, a hail cannon isn't for if you just want to accelerate a lot of hail really quickly. This week: pseudoscience and real science! BONUS MATERIAL: .....

Why Computers Can't Count Sometimes

Sometimes, numbers on sites like YouTube and Twitter jump up and down; subscriber counts lag, like-counts bounce all over the place. Why is it so hard...

Juan Pujol Garcia and Thirtynineitude: Citation Needed 8x03

Our traditional Wartime Badass Episode this week, albeit a wartime badass whose weapon included expense reports. BONUS MATERIAL: ...

Britain's Largest Battery Is Actually A Lake

Dinorwig Power Station, otherwise known as Electric Mountain, is a pumped-storage hydro station in Llanberis, Wales. And yes: it's Britain's largest b...

The Norwegian Butter Crisis and the Ark of Taste: Citation Needed 8x02

This time, we're taking on smørpanikk, food politics, and - for the second week running - brandy. BONUS MATERIAL: ...


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