Tag «vsauce»

Did The Past Really Happen?

Did The Past Really Happen?

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. The dog that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz was credited as Toto, but in reality the dog’s name was Terry. And when Terry died in 1945 her owner and trainer Carl Spitz buried her on his ranch in Los Angeles. But in 1958 the Ventura Highway was constructed right …

The Fermi Paradox — Where Are All The Aliens? (1/2)

The Fermi Paradox — Where Are All The Aliens? (1/2)

Are we the only living things in the entire universe? The observable universe is about 90 billion light years in diameter. There are at least one hundred billion galaxies, each with one hundred to one thousand billion stars. Recently, we’ve learned that planets are very common too. And, there are probably trillions and trillions of …

The Zipf Mystery

The Zipf Mystery

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. About 6 percent of everything you say and read and write is the “the” – is the most used word in the English language. About one out of every 16 words we encounter on a daily basis is “the.” The top 20 most common English words in order are “the,” “of,” …

Juvenoia

Juvenoia

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. Skeletons are scary and spooky, but you know what else is? Teenagers. Their attitude, the way they dress and the music they listen to. Can you even call it music? Pff, kids these days. But what are kids these days? What’s with all the concern and what’s a generation? Why do …

A History Of Robots

A History Of Robots

[MUSIC PLAYING] [COMPUTER BEEPING] [CAMERA CLICKING] All right. [INAUDIBLE] That’s it? Go get me some models, OK? OK. Why are you in a robot costume? (ROBOT VOICE) Robots are cool. I thought we agreed no more robot costumes. (ROBOT VOICE) Does not compute. [ROBOT NOISES] You know what? We were going to do a playlist …

What Is A Paradox?

Vsauce! Kevin here. And you have a dilemma. I have two envelopes and you can only choose one. There’s door number one. And there’s door number two. Uhh.. Oh.There’s actually three envelopes here. Uhh great. Now we no longer have a dilemma. Here’s why. Di comes from the Greek for “twice” and lemma means “premise”. …

Are perpetual motion machines possible?

Are perpetual motion machines possible?

[MUSIC PLAYING] What if I told you I built a machine that creates energy? My ingenious design works like this. As the wheel turns, the coins fall in the slots so that one side of the wheel is always heavier than the other, which would keep pulling that side down, and the wheel would never …

The Old Internet

The Old Internet

Hey there, it’s me again. Welcome to part 50 of my 1,000 part series called Computers! Are they the future? Or Are they soul-sucking death boxes sent to us by Cthulhu? I’m Jake Roper and I just installed the internet on my computer, so today I’m going to take you on a journey through the …

Messages For The Future

Messages For The Future

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. This is Earth as seen from Saturn. That is us right there. And if you look closely, ok, see this little protuberance? That’s the Moon. This image was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on July 19th, 2013 at 21:27 Coordinated Universal Time. The thing is, NASA gave the public advanced warning …