Authors love telling the future. Dark dystopias and surreal comedies give a warning to our future selves that we'd be wise to take to heart. But there aren't any clear visions, and some predictions hold up better than others. Blank on Blank looks at interviews with authors Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut and Aldous Huxley to see what they got right — and what they didn't.
It's a sad day when you have to make a video explaining that the world isn't flat. While flat-earthers haven't taken over science, the wonder of the Internet means that lots of half-brained theories have a platform to reach a far larger audience than they should. The selfless crew at Life Noggin took upon themselves to fight the good fight, and offer the scientific proof of our spherical planet.
The dead outnumber the living by about 11 to 1. The current population of Earth is estimated at about 7.5 billion people. So what would happen if those 108 billion dead people were suddenly alive? Real Life Lore answers the biggest questions behind a very interesting thought experiment.
The rules of cannibalism are pretty straightforward. Clean your kill properly, and don't eat the brains, guts, or blood. As for whether or not you would like the taste, you'll have to find that out for yourself. AsapScience looks at what to look out for if you're eating other people.
So you're in the market for a space-faring capital ship capable of planetary bombardment and launching a wing of TIE fighters. You know it can be built, but need a cost estimate. Generation Tech has you covered. They worked up how much it would run you in Earth money to buy that Imperial-Class Star Destroyer, perfect for crushing Rebel scum near you.
The world has a lot of history. You might even say that the world has all the history — everything we know human history has happened right here. Bill Wurtz takes all that history and compresses it into one spectacular 20-minute chunk, easily consumable for anyone currently busy making their own history.
Sometimes it's the cut of a jacket that makes it stand out. Other times, it's the color. With the Taylor Stitch Hawkins Jacket, it's the fabric. Made from Polartec Neoshell, it keeps you dry while still allowing for the release of heat and vapor, regulating your body temperature in any climate. The Neoshell is sandwiched between two layers of synthetic knit for added durability, and the YKK waterproof zippers and taped seams ensure all that high-tech fabric doesn't go to waste. Its classic 60/40 silhouette makes it adaptable to both casual and more formal affairs, and the brimmed hood protects your noggin when it's coming down.
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Nothing says Christmas like a good old-fashioned brawl in the isles of some big-box store over the latest toy. From the Cabbage Patch scare of the 80s to the heightened tensions of the Tickle-Me-Elmo craze of the 00s, toy trends in America are one of the clearest barometers of our social health — or lack thereof. The latest in must-have useless plastic is the fidget spinner. But where did it come from? What is its history? The Nerdwriter digs deep into the mysterious origins of the newest toy fad.
Synthesized in a lab, accidentally ingested, made illegal, and expanding the minds of people everywhere: LSD has had quite trip. Beyond mind control experiments and conspiracy theories, LSD is making a comeback in research for things like depression and anxiety. AsapScience looks at how new uses are being discovered and what the chemical does to your brain when you trip.
Mobile device customization is a rarity. Manufacturers might offer a few different colors and there are a plethora of cases, but you're probably carrying the same black or white rectangle in your pocket that everyone else is. But if you have a Samsung Galaxy S8, there's a DIY option that is sure to make you stand out in the crowd — JerryRigEverything's tutorial on making the back of the phone totally clear. Although it voids your warranty, it's also a call back to one of the best handheld gaming systems of all time. If you're brave enough to try it yourself, check ou the full walkthrough here.
Going to the Moon takes days. A mission to Mars could be months. As technology improves, spending years in zero gravity could become a possibility. And when you put people together in such close quarters for such long periods of time — things are bound to happen. But for all we know about space and how to survive there, we know practically nothing about sex 200 miles up. Tests with animals and insects make it appear more difficult, but there is almost zero research with humans — and if space really is the final frontier, it's probably time to start finding out.
Vampires have been part of modern pop culture for over a hundred years and began their march into the imagination of Western Europe long before that. But one vampire above all others came to dominate those most romantic undead creatures: Dracula. Springing from the pages of Bram Stoker's novel of the same name and later famously portrayed on the screen by Bela Lugosi, Dracula has name recognition across the globe that can only be matched my a handful of fictional characters. TED looks at the history of vampires and how Dracula came to be the king of them all.
Scientist extraordinaire Bill Nye is here to save Twitter — or at least the part that has questions about science. From the brilliant to the mundane, Nye answers them all, and manages to get only a little frustrated at what passes for basic science education in the United States.
From 200 MPH darts to shooting flames, Peter Sripol has a lock on modding Nerf guns. His latest project adds a built in compressor to significantly up the projectile velocity and can conveniently be re-purposed as a flamethrower. Peter takes you thorugh the modding and testing process step-by-step in his latest video.
With the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union last year, the future of a unified Continent has become unclear. The benefits of the Union — trade, health care, and travel between member nations — are clear. But the opaque political process and immigrant crisis have outweighed the advantages in recent years. Kurzgesagt looks at the history of the EU, what it was designed to accomplish, and whether keeping it around is worth the headache.
Work or play, dress or casual, jeans are a ubiquitous part of everyone's wardrobe — 96% of Americans own at least one pair. Despite their widespread popularity, the riveted denim jean had a humble beginning as a solution to a specific problem. When California gold miners were wearing out their trousers faster than they could be patched, a young tailor named Jacob Davis had an idea.
We'd all like to create the next viral video and watch those YouTube advertising dollars start rolling in. It seems like a magical process: You create the content, advertisers pay for the ads, YouTube puts the two together, and you start getting checks in your bank account. For those who are a little more curious about exactly how that happens, CGP Grey explains how YouTube's algorithms connect videos, advertisers, and what slice of the pie a content reator can expect to get.
Contrary to what you may believe, the Earth doesn't actually have an infinite amount of water — and no water means no food. Do we have your attention now? Like all of our planet's other problems, humans aren't doing a very good job of conserving what we have, sparking conflict all over the world and causing actually water wars. With seed banks, science is giving us a little reassurance about our future food sources but ultimately the biggest factor in conserving our water supply is us.
He's not quite soaring through the air, faster than the speed of sound — but he's off to a good start. Richard Browning has unveiled his flying suit, powered by miniature kerosene-powered jet engines. Richard hasn't started on the bionic suit of super-human strength yet, but you have to start somewhere.
Humans have been genetically engineering plants and animals for thousands of years through selective breeding. Scientists have been genetically modifying the things we eat for a while too. But when choosing the genes we want went from the farm to the laboratory, it started making people nervous. Kurzgesagt delves into GMOs and whether they're threatening to us and our environment.
The United States would never require its citizens to carry a national identification card — but only because you Social Security number already acts as one. While it isn't quite as Big Brother as it sounds, your Social Security number is really good at proving that you are you, but it's really bad at being secure. CGP Grey digs into Social Security and how it went from a mandatory retirement program to the one thing that you absolutely don't want anyone to know.
You consume media and make decisions based on a reasonable interpretation of the facts presented. Except you don't. This animated short describes Noam Chomsky's theory of the five filters of the mass media, as presented in Manufacturing Consent, a book Chomsky co-authored with Edward S. Herman. The fourth, and now fifth, estate have never been quite as independent as you may have thought.
Master woodworker and Latvia native Rihards Vidzickis has a passion for creating things from man's most-used material. Rihards is a sculptor as well as a carpenter, crafting a park of wooden sculptures and classically-styled furniture. Here, Rihards months-long process for creating a traditional dugout canoe using mostly hand tools is detailed, starting with stripping the bark from the tree to finally launching the completed canoe.
Projectiles have been traveling faster than the speed of sound for hundreds of years. Giaco Whatever decided it's time for NERF darts to have their chance. His DIY compressed air-powered NERF gun successfully fired a dart at over Mach 2.3 — or over 2,587 feet per second.
Bad typography has been plaguing award shows, beauty pageants, elections, and even your prescriptions for years. These poor design choices have not only caused embarrassment for hosts like Steve Harvey and Warren Beatty, but could change the course of history like in the 2000 election. It even causes over 500,000 cases of prescription drug misuse in the U.S. every year. Although some consequences hold a greater weight than others, it's still time to make good design a priority.
Cubans are back, or at least a little more legal than they used to be. They definitely haven't gotten any cheaper, so be sure you're smoking the real thing. Cigar Obsession has some solid tips to make sure you're getting what you pay for.
A wave of fcial hair seems to be covering the U.S., with nearly 20 percent of men rocking beards. So have we reached peak beard? Author and professor Stephen Mihm takes a look back at history to see if your rugged man stubble is on the way out.
If you're feeling tired, you do two things: Drink coffee, or take a nap. But science shows that combining the two is more effective than either alone. While it sounds like coffee and naps wouldn't go together, Vox explains how caffeine works — and why it works with a nap to increase its effectiveness.
From gold caps to diamond encrusted fronts, grillz have become the ultimate status symbol. But this extravagant mouth bling goes back farther than Flavor Flav. The custom of bedazzled teeth dates back as far as the ancient Mayans and has been popping up throughout history ever since.