Welfare programs are among the most controversial in modern society. Between the costs, stereotypes of low-income people, and the general human tendency towards greed finding a fair and equitable way to distribute the wealth of society without leaving others behind is nearly impossible. The idea of a universal basic income has been gaining traction in recent years as a way to eliminate welfare programs and bring the overall society up — but it isn't without its problems either.
As if the previous Kurzgesagt video didn't get your mind wondering, CGP Grey is here with another thought-provoking topic. While part one touches of the desire to live, this one focuses on the alternative — death. More importantly, how to fight it off. Just a little light-hearted material to ponder throughout the weekend.
If the apocalypse arrives and you forgot to stockpile 20 years worth of SPAM, you're in luck — Asap Science has some scientific tips for survival. From finding water, lighting a fire. and what you should and shouldn't eat, it's a good way to get started on reviving society. Just don't forget to write it down.
The advent of Soviet nuclear weapons in the late 1940s would launch the surreal Cold War between the USSR and the United States. In the early 1950s, the Federal Civil Defense Administration was tasked with leading the effort to inform and protect citizens at home from nuclear strikes, which lead to hopelessly comical instructional videos and a nation-wide network of fallout shelters. Vox looks at the fallout shelter boom, whether they would have been effective, and why living under the shadow of total annihilation has faded away.
It's one of the most popular works of fiction in American literature and spawned one of the best films of all time. But is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird really that good? Maybe not. Vox states the case for this American classic not being all that classic.
We all have a few or few hundred t-shirts in our closets. The wardrobe staple is so popular that around two billion make their way into the world every year. Although they seem harmless enough, t-shirts can have an effect on the planet. From its origin in the cotton fields of Asia to the washing machine in your home, Angel Chang goes through the complete life-cycle of a basic tee.
Inspired by the United States 10th Mountain Division Alpinists, the Alps & Meters Alpine Anorak offers superior protection with a vintage aesthetic. The exterior is constructed from a durable British Millerain Chera 8 waxed canvas with reinforced shoulder panels. A waterproof internal membrane keeps your dry, while side vents create a breathable layer. The classic design is finished with a hood, face guard, and contrasting orange lace front that also provide additional protection from the elements.
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The Timex Mil-Spec W-46374B watch was built for only two months in 1982. Designed for the Marines, it was made with a plastic case that did not open, making it truly disposable. The MK1 draws inspiration from that unique timepiece, and remains lightweight, but is instead built for the long haul thanks to a 40mm durable metal case. Available in four colorways, it also features Indiglo illumination, a double layer nylon style slip-thru strap, a quartz movement and is 30-meter water resistant.
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Don't look directly at the sun. We all know it. And if you didn't have the common sense not to do it, then you probably deserved what you got. But just in case you aren't sure, here's how to tell if you burnt out your optical scans while looking at the eclipse without proper protection.
If it all goes down and Armageddon is upon us, you'll want to be in the safest possible place to wait out World War III — and that place is probably Switzerland. In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar, "It's a trap!". As in, the entire country is a trap. With bridges, roads, and even mountain sides rigged with explosives, disguised artillery emplacements, and 200,000 troops ready in 72 hours, Switzerland has every intention of maintaining its famous neutrality.
The Berlin Wall didn't just divide East and West Germany — it divided the world. Communist versus Capitalist, with the United States leading the West and the USSR leading the East, the Wall is one of the most infamous barriers in human history. TED looks at how the Wall came to be, and the events that lead to it coming down.
Size. It determines more about living things than nearly any other measurable factor. Kurzgesagt demonstrates this in most illustrative way possible — by throwning animals off of a tall building.
You could pay tens of thousands of dollars to take philosophy courses in college — or you could tune in to James Franco's new YouTube channel. In the first episode, Rutgers University's Liz Camp stops by to discuss the nature of metaphor. Get all the education with none of the quizzes or home work.
Kurzgesagt takes a break from the scientific to get a little philosophical. With most of their subject matter touching on the rise of the machines or Earth-destroying Gamma-Ray bursts, their videos tend to cause existential dread. In an attempt to create something a little less depressing, Kurzgesagt touch on their own philosophy on life — Optimistic Nihilism.
From dirt water to a syringe of silicon, there are a lot of beverages with some pretty wild claims. But which is really the best? And not just the best for you. AsapScience tries a few of the supposedly most potent health drinks around — and finds a very clear winner.
If you're reading this, you probably like the internet. The United States is the already home of overpriced, unreliable internet service. No one wants to see it get any worse. If you'd rather not pay more for your favorite streaming services, games, and news sites — or potentially have access restricted altogether a la China — take action. Visit BattlefortheNet and tell the spineless politicians in Washington to do something that doesn't line their own pockets for a change. Keep the Net neutral.
The right pair of socks can say a lot about your sense of style. But not all bold sock choices are created equal. Ace & Everett makes socks the right way, starting with the finest raw materials, dyed into vibrant, saturated hues. Each pair is knit in the USA with organic Supima cotton for a smoother, comfy-er feel. The double cylinder construction provides a polished finish, inside and out, while the reinforced heels and ribbed calf bands keep these socks from slumping. These bright patterns — inspired by floor designs of historic Manhattan buildings — will keep you standing out from the pack.
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The colder it gets, the better a pair of Allbirds Wool Runners sound. That's because each pair is woven from superfine New Zealand merino wool, a breathable fabric that gives you the warmth and comfort needed as temperatures drop. The shoe is free from the usual logos and details, resulting in a clean, minimalist design that is slightly more formal than your average sneaker. The latest limited edition colors like this Dark NZ Green colorway are here in time for the holidays and make a great gift.
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The Super Soaker is a summertime staple for every kid. But when your dad is a former NASA engineer, the standard version just won't do. Measuring at seven-feet long, Mark Rober created the world's largest super soaker, complete with Guinness certification. However, you won't want to face-off against this water gun in a backyard battel. The super-sized Super soaker fires water at 272 miles per hour, slicing through anything from a hotdog to a watermelon.
From the ceator of the World's Fastest Nerf Dart comes this 4000 PSI BB Gun. With a talent for making seemingly harmless children's toys the most dangerous weapons around, Giaco Whatever makes what might just be the World's fastest airsoft gun. To demonstrate it's power, he blasted through some Coke cand and wine glasses and highlighted the destrucion in super slow motion.
In the 1970s, DJ Kool Herc began isolating the break while playing music at block parties in New York's Bronx. That inspired a new genre of dance — breaking. Those 80s images of the b-boys and b-girls breaking on the city sidewalks still happen, but most of the breaking occurs at competitions where cash is king. Vox looks at the origins of breaking and how it evolved over the last 40 years.
Weather. Scenery. Entertainment. These preferences are all personal to each individual when it comes to picking a place to live. But things like safety, happiness, and living the longest life possible are all something we can all agree on. Using these parameters, here's the best place to live on planet Earth.
Someone straddles the handrail during a grind, faceplants during a parkour run, or bites it on a mountain bike. We love to watch people fail. But why do we get so much enjoyment out of other's failures? The answer is Schadenfreude. It's a German term for taking pleasure our of someone else's misfortune. The term even applies to politics. In this video, Evan Puschak explains the reason we take so much pleasure out of other people's pain.
Carpentry is an ancient craft, and Nick Offerman is no master — but he has read a lot of books. Since you can't just call the woodworking hotline for questions about the best joint for drawers, Mr. Offerman and WIRED took to Twitter to answer some questions from fans.
Laying in bed and watching a marathon session of the latest Netflix show is a great time — but not so great for your body. AsapScience looks at the ways one of our more recent pastimes can be bad for our health.
100 million years ago, the Sahara desert was a huge system of rivers and lakes — and home to some of the most vicious predators the planet has seen. Nizar Ibrahim details what the fossil record says about the massive beasts and how the Sahara was radically different from the dry desert we know now.
Japan has an aging problem. With an average age of 46, the population is not only among the oldest in the world, but it's also declining. This means Japan has a massive shortage of unskilled labor — and vending machines have stepped in to fill the gap.
When you're happy, no one cares. When you're miserable, the world wants to know why. With an entire industry dedicated to showing you how to be happy, CGP Grey has seven tips to do just the opposite — maximize your misery.
It took billions of years to get you here, right now. As it stands, we humans are the pinnacle of evolution — which is kind of depressing, depending on how you look at it. AsapScience looks at what it took to get from a molten piece of rock orbiting a star to watching videos on the internet.
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.